Black Stone Cherry's Chris Robertson and Ben Wells Talk New Album, 'Family Tree'

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Ten years without a lineup change is a rarity for rock and roll bands. The Edmonton, Kentucky-based Southern rock quartet known as Black Stone Cherry crossed that milestone seven years ago, and as they see it, nobody should be surprised when they breeze past the 20-year marker with the same four guys they started with: lead guitarist and singer Chris Robertson, guitarist Ben Wells, bassist Jon Lawhon and drummer John Fred Young.

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.