Features Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd And Barry Goldberg
The Rides, the project of two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills, five time Grammy nominated guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd and celebrated Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg, released their sophomore album Pierced Arrow on 429 Records last year.
Pierced Arrow follows the group’s chart-topping 2013 record Can’t Get Enough (#1 on the Billboard, Amazon and iTunes Blues Charts and a top 40 Billboard debut). The new record, which also includes performances by Chris Layton, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble drummer, features more original material from Stills, Shepherd and Goldberg. The group toured the US following last year’s release and continue to tour with an additional run of shows this April. Please see below for a complete list of dates.
For Stills, Shepherd and Goldberg, the process of writing songs from scratch and touring behind their first album opened an exciting new feeling of intimacy that fueled the creative process of writing and recording Pierced Arrow.
"We had so much fun playing on stage, we had to do it more,” explains Stills. "Lots of freedom. Kenny and I found a wonderfully exciting knack for playing lead at the same time without a real 'arrangement,’ just sort of instinctive guessing, from watching each other’s hands. Neil Young and I used to do this with Buffalo Springfield. And the grooves are always right on the money, never rushed or jittery"
Shepherd adds, "For me, it’s a liberating dynamic that’s different from my live solo band because I’m sharing the vocals and guitar playing with Stephen. I love being part of a unit where everyone weighs in with thoughts and opinions"
Goldberg also notes, "It’s so great to be back recording and playing live on this high level again with Stephen and Kenny Wayne, and we’re really excited about the music on Pierced Arrow. The chemistry is just so good between the three of us. We all have so much respect for each other"
A passion for rock and the blues isn’t the only thing The Rides have in common. Stills and Shepherd share a mutual love of classic cars which inspired both the band’s and the new record’s name. Pierced Arrow is a riff on the famed Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, a maker of luxury cars in the first four decades of the 20th Century; it served as the ultimate musician’s mode of transportation in the '20s and '30s.
PIERCED ARROW TRACK LIST
1. Kick Out of It
2. Riva Diva
3. Virtual World
4. By My Side
5. Mr. Policeman
6. Use My Imagination
7. Game On
8. I Need Your Lovin’
9. There Was a Place 10. My Babe (Willie Dixon)
PIERCED ARROW TOUR DATES
March 29 - Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
March 31 - New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s
April 1 - Shreveport, LA Strand Theatre
April 3 - Pensacola, FL Saenger Theatre
April 5 - Melbourne, FL Maxwell C. King Center
April 6 - Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater
April 8 - St. Petersburg, FL Tampa Bay Blues Festival
April 9 - St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
April 12 - Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
April 14 - Houston, TX House of Blues
April 15 - Dallas, TX House of Blues
May 27 - Santa Cruz, CA American Music Festival
May 28 - Avila Beach, CA Avila Beach Blues Festival