The American hard rock band known as Black Stone Cherry was founded out of Edmonton, Kentucky in 2001 by Chris Robertson (lead vocals and lead guitar), Ben Wells (backing vocals and rhythm guitar), Jon Lawhon (bassist and backing vocals), and John Fred Young (drums and backing vocals). Throughout their music career, the band has so far released a total of eight studio albums and three extended plays (EPs). Their discography shows eight of their singles reach the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Fans of the American country rock band known as The Kentucky Headhunters may recognize John Fred Young as the son of that band’s founder, Richard Young. Following his father’s footsteps, but carving out a legacy of his own, John Fred Young and his fellow founders of Black Stone Cherry officially started their band as of June 4, 2001.
Afterward, they took over the practice house The Kentucky Headhunters used to play in. It didn’t take long before the band began to play in local gigs, and in 2003 they released their first demo CD (Rock N’ Roll Tape) under the label of Black Stone Cherry Records. Come May 2006, the band released their self-titled debut album. After its release, their former school principal invited Black Stone Cherry to do a homecoming gig that saw 1500 attendees pack its gymnasium during their performance. On October 31, 2007, Black Stone Cherry released their first live album, which was recorded at the Astoria in London, England. The copy was released immediately to the audience after the concert and it is a limited edition. As of January 2013, they were sold as mint copies on Amazon’s UK site. In 2008, Black Stone Cherry served as a supporting band to Def Leppard and Whitesnake during their UK tour. And, in May of 2009, they did the same for the visiting Nickelback while they did their Dark Horse tour. Since their formation in 2001 as a band, Black Stone Cherry maintained their original lineup. But, as of June 2nd of 2021, John Lawton opted out and was replaced by Steve Jewell.
Here are our picks for the 10 best songs by Black Stone Cherry.
Coming from their 2020 album (The Human Condition) is the song (Again), which charted as high as #17 on the US Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart.
9. Me and Mary Jane
The year is 2014 and Black Stone Cherry releases their fifth studio album (Magic Mountain) and one of its hits (Me and Mary Jane). Peaking at #16 on the US Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart, this is one is among the favorites with their fans.
8. Hell and High Water
Registering as high as #30 on the US Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart, the song (Hell and High Water) comes from Black Stone Cherry’s self-titled debut album, which was released in 2006.
7. Rain Wizard
Also coming from their 2006 debut album (Black Stone Cherry), the hit (Rain Wizard) peaks to #29 on the US Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart.
6. Please Come In
Coming from their 2008 album (Folklore and Superstition) is the hit (Please Come In). It peaked as high as #24 on the US Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart.
5. Blind Man
The most successful metal hit from Black Stone Cherry’s album (Folklore and Superstition) is the hit (Blind Man) as it charted as high as #19 on the US Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart. The album this song belongs to received UK’s British Phonographic Industry’s (BPI) Silver certification, which is rewarded based on how many copies are sold. The album peaked at the top spot, according to the UK’s Rock & Metal Albums Chart.
4. Lonely Train
The very first single (Lonely Train) is released from Black Stone Cherry’s self-titled debut album in 2006. It peaks to #16 on the US Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart. Deemed as the flagship song from their debut album, which earned UK Silver certification, is among the cult favorites throughout the United Kingdom’s nation. It also has a soft spot in the hearts worldwide, including America and Canada.
3. Like I Roll
From their 2011 album (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) is Black Stone Cherry’s hit (Like I Roll), which peaks to #22 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, and to #29 on the US Hot Rock and Alternative Songs. Fans of the band take note of how “down to earth” the song is, something of which even the critics agree, best displays the talent pool of Black Stone Cherry as world-class musicians.
2. White Trash Millionaire
Also coming from the album (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) is one of Black Stone Cherry’s top hits (White Trash Millionaire). In 2011, this song charted as high as #11 on US Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart and #49 on the US Hot Rock and Alternative Songs Chart. This cult-favorite is one of the most played tracks from Black Stone Cherry’s discography.
1. In My Blood
Again in 2011, Black Stone Cherry’s most commercially successful hit (In My Blood) also comes from their album (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea). It edged into the top ten at #10 with the US Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart. With the US Hot Rock and Alternative Songs Chart, it reached #29. This song, deservedly so, is an emotional cult favorite among music fans. It is a favorite among the US military and their favorites, as well as those who serve from other nations as it is a song they all admit they can best relate to. The album featuring this song has since earned UK’s Silver certification. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea charted as high as first place on the UK’s Rock & Heavy Metal Albums Music Chart, and at #2 on the US Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums chart.