Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg are The RIDES
Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg are back as The RIDES! The group will tour in May to support their newest CD, Pierced Arrow to be released May 6th. The tour kicks off on May 2nd in Minneapolis, MN and will wind eastward wrapping the May shows in Providence, RI on May 18th. Additional west coast dates have also been added in June, including San Diego, Berkeley, Riverside, CA and Scottsdale, AZ.
When this multi-generational trio named their last CD and tour Can’t Get Enough – they meant it in the literal sense. Stephen Stills, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the five time Grammy nominated rock/blues guitar great and the celebrated Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg knew it was more than just a one time fusion of legendary musical souls. The RIDES are back and they are breaking more fresh new blues-rock ground than ever on their raucous and soulful new album Pierced Arrow, The RIDES are letting their growing legion of fans know they’re in this for the long haul.
Their high-energy performances transcended individual star power to create a deep and rejuvenating chemistry, which in turn inspired them to reconvene not long after the tour was over to start work on songs that would collectively become Pierced Arrow. Onstage and in the studio, the groundwork for the trio’s multi-dimensional creativity is laid by the explosive rhythm section bassist Kevin McCormick and Shepherd’s long time drummer Chris Layton, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee himself, as a member of the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.
Perfectly summarizing The Ride’s continuing journey and what the making of the new album has meant to the trio Goldberg says, “When we recorded the first album, we knew it wasn’t just a one shot deal – but along the way, and through touring, we actually found out just how well we played together. Besides realizing how much fun and exciting it was, we were inspired by the opportunity to break new ground every time we got onstage, getting tighter all the time until we evolved from three veteran artists playing together into a real unified ensemble.” Shepherd continued, “It’s a pretty impressive group of musicians having a genuinely good time making raw, heartfelt music together.”
Adding to that eloquence, Stills has just one thing to ask: “Can we PLEASE get this new stuff in front of a live audience soon?”<pThe RIDES Tour Dates:
Mon - May 2 - Burnsville, MN - Ames Center
Tue - May 3 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
Thu - May 5 - Springfield, IL - Sangamon Auditorium
Fri - May 6 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
Sun - May 8 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza Theater
Mon - May 9 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
Wed - May 11 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
Thu - May 12 - New York, NY - Town Hall Theater
Fri - May 13 - Kingston, NY - UPAC
Sun - May 15 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tue - May 17 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theater
Wed - May 18 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Wed - June 1 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theater
Thu - June 2 - Berkeley, CA - UC Theater
Sat - June 4 - Scottsdale, AZ - Talking Stick
Sun - June 5 - Riverside, CA - Fox Performing Arts Center