Black Stone Cherry Wins Award, Gives Back to Community

To hear the members of Black Stone Cherry tell it, they're just four good ol' boys from the South.

But this tight group of friends has a chemistry and talent that's brought them international success.

"We don't look at anything any different. We don't think because we've been to Europe a few times or that we have an album out that we're any different than any other local band out there," said lead guitarist Ben Wells of Glasgow.

The band was officially formed on lead singer Chris Robertson's 16th birthday - June 4th, 2001.

"Once we got together it was a very tight brotherhood and nobody could break through us," said Wells of their extremely close bond.

What happened next has been a whirlwind of success - crazy fans, three European tours and a debut album that's received raving reviews from Billboard magazine,, among others.

"We're so close as friends, beyond just bandmates, even our families are close - that when we're on the bus, it's not like we're working out on the road - it's like a bunch of friends got together to take a vacation and have fun playing music together," explained rhythm and bass player Jon Lawhon

When you're separated by an ocean, homesickness can still be tough for the band.

"We still live at home with our parents," admitted lead vocalist Robertson.

"Because we're a bunch of Mama's boys!" laughed drummer John Fred Young, whose father, Richard Young of Kentucky Headhunter fame has produced much of the band's music.

Black Stone Cherry was just named "Best New Rock Band" by Classic Rock magazine.

Young talks about the surreal experience of being at the elite awards show with the likes of rock stars Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and Alice Cooper:

"It's the first award and they say "Black Stone Cherry" and we're like, 'Uhhhhh!!!' We got to get up there and accept it in front of Steven Tyler and Jimmy Page.

"Literally half of our influences - the majority of the ones still alive - were sitting in that room," chipped in Robertson.

"We're very fortunate to get to do what we do and to have as much success as we've had. It's taken a lot of hard work and everybody's families pitching in," said Wells.

Black Stone Cherry and the Kentucky Headhunters are teaming up to raise money for Toys for Tots this weekend.

This Sunday, November 25th you can catch them in concert at the Cave City Convention Center.

Tickets are $10 with a new unwrapped toy or $15 without one.

They're available at the Cave City Convention Center, Sunshyn Dazy's in Edmonton, George J's in Glasgow and Chuck's Liquors on Old Louisville Road in Bowling Green.

Proceeds go to Toys for Tots which gives needy children gifts at Christmastime.

Saturday night's show has already sold out.

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