Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Team Up For The Rides
429 Records will be releasing the new project's debut album, entitled "Can't Get Enough," on August 27th and the band will be launching a world tour in September.
The album will feature four co-written originals, some cover tunes, and a vintage, previously unrecorded Stills track and the album is meant as homage to the 1968 album Super Session, which featured Stills, Electric Flag's Mike Bloomfield, Goldberg and Blood, Sweat & Tears' Al Kooper.
We were sent this background info on the group: The project began with Stills and Goldberg writing together at their mutual manager Elliot Roberts' recommendation.
"It was like finding a long lost soul brother," says Goldberg (who hadn't met Stills before, their shared 1968 credit notwithstanding). "We connected on so many things, started jamming, and soon had begun writing our first song."
Next came Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and their three-way chemistry was immediate and intense. "The Rides are a perfect mix of generations, where three musicians who love and play the blues collide and create music that goes beyond all our other individual life experiences and career achievement," says Shepherd. "Stephen and I have rock backgrounds as well, but the blues is the fabric that holds this all together."
Stills says, "It was just really magical with the three of us, one of the best times I've had in my musical career."
The album was recorded live in the studio over the course of about a week at EastWest in Los Angeles, helmed by longtime Shepherd producer Jerry Harrison, a renowned musician in his own right (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers, Casual Gods). Mostly first or second takes made the album's final cut. In addition to Layton—Shepherd's drummer, and also a veteran of Stevie Ray Vaughn's Double Trouble—the players include bassist Kevin McCormick (CSN, Jackson Browne).
"In the spirit of that simple, raw authentic 40s and 50s blues music the three of us love, we got in there and boom! A few takes and we were done," says Stills. "The songs have muscle, they don't sound dated or contrived, they're very natural and organic. I can't wait to tour with these guys and start recording again!"