The Rides featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Barry Goldberg

The Rides

Separated in age by a musical generation but bonded by
a mutual love of classic cars and the blues, two time Rock
and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills and five-time Grammy nominated singer, guitarist and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd draw fire from their extraordinary collective histories- -and join forces with famed Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg--to blaze a fresh trail for the historical American art form in the 21st Century.
Launching an exciting new chapter in each of their storied careers, the trio's new band The Rides—which Stills dubs "the blues band of my dreams," built to last beyond the concept of a one time all-star gathering—is further powered by the explosive rhythm section of bassist Kevin McCormick and Shepherd's longtime drummer Chris Layton (also a veteran of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble). Their 429 Records debut Can't Get Enough, helmed by longtime Shepherd producer Jerry Harrison, is a fascinating historical sweep, featuring a hard hitting mix of Stills-Goldberg-Shepherd penned blues/rock originals, classic blues tunes by Muddy Waters ("Honey Bee") and Elmore James ("Talk To Me Baby") and blistering twists on Stills' favorite Neil Young anthem "Rockin' In The Free World" and the Iggy Pop & The Stooges' early 70s classic "Search and Destroy."

beth hart

Last month, at the Kennedy Center Honors, Beth Hart delivered the most riveting performance of the evening with Jeff Beck where they paid tribute to blues legend Buddy Guy.
Beth's rendition of "I'd Rather Go Blind" marked her first U.S. TV appearance in more than a decade. She blew everyone away, and her performance was received with a rare non-honoree standing ovation.

No one expected to be so blown away by an artist they'd hardly or never heard of. As the Baltimore Sun put it, "Everyone was on their feet when [Beck and Hart's] soul-searing performance ended." In a pre-telecast Q&A with Entertainment Weekly, the show's producer Michael Stevens alerted readers to not miss the goose-bump-provoking performance: "There's a singer named Beth's like the Bettye LaVette moment that we had four years ago - someone relatively unknown coming out of nowhere and the house falling apart and giving her a standing ovation."

A KILLER singer, Beth has been compared to Janis Joplin and Etta James and has one of the best "comeback" stories you've heard. In the late 90s, she had everything going for her and lost it all to drugs and alcohol abuse. Her label dropped her, she lost tours, TV appearances, everything. She hit bottom, and hard, but then she began to turn her life around. It's taken her about a decade to get back on her feet, but she's done it - she's sober, she's healthy, she's focused, and she's ready.

Beth has spent a great deal of the last several years working in Europe, slowly building back that buzz and fan base. Since getting clean, performers like Jeff Beck, Slash and Joe Bonamassa have recognized her talent and initiated collaborations with her. She's currently in the studio making her second album with Bonamassa. Moving forward, Beth is preparing for North America to take a fresh look at her with the April 2, 2013 release of Bang Bang Boom Boom, produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Joe Bonamassa), who assembled some of the finest musicians playing today.

If you didn't see Beth's riveting performance she gave with Jeff Beck at the recent Kennedy Center Honors, check it out:

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