The Skinny: Black Stone Cherry have confirmed they are set to release their fifth studio album, Kentucky, through new record label home, the Mascot Label Group on 1st April 2016. Named after the band’s home State, the new album is very much a “back to their roots” affair, with the four-piece working with the same engineer in the same “local” studio, Barrick Recording, where they crafted their eponymous debut, eight years ago.

Frontman/guitarist, Chris Robertson comments: “We are beyond excited to bring Kentucky to you! Since the release of our debut we have wanted to go back to the studio where it all began and it finally happened! The original studio owner/engineer, all of the great equipment and Black Stone Cherry have been reunited for what I feel has been the most unique album we’ve ever made. We took it back to where it started and something magical happened! These new songs are the heart and soul of who we were in 2006 and who we’ve become. There is something very special about these songs and I cannot wait for y’all to feel them!”

The band hit the UK and mainland Europe in January for a full tour with Shinedown and Halestorm.

01/28 – CARDIFF – Motorpoint Arena
01/29 – NOTTINGHAM – Capital FM Arena
01/30 – LIVERPOOL – Echo Arena
02/01 – GLASGOW – SSE Hydro
02/02 – BIRMINGHAM – Barclaycard Arena
02/04 – LONDON – Wembley SSE Arena
02/05 – LEEDS – First Direct Arena
02/06 – MANCHESTER – Arena
02/08 – ANTWERP – Trix
02/09 – PARIS – Cabaret Savage
02/11 – AMSTERDAM – Melkweg
02/12 – DORTMUND – Dortmund FZW
02/13 – ZURICH – Komplex
02/15 – ROZZANO – MI Live Club
02/16 – VIENNA – Ottakringer Brewery
02/17 – FRIESENEGG – Posthof
02/19 – KOLN – Essigfabrik
02/20 – BERLIN – Postbahnhof
02/21 – HAMBURG – Gruenspan

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.