Black Stone Cherry: “You never want two guitarists who are competing with each other. That’s a cocktail for failure”

[L-R] Ben Wells and Chris Robertson of Black Stone Cherry
(Image credit: Katja Ogrin/Redferns)

“More than anything, we wanted to make a memorable record, something with a lot of depth to it that people could latch on to.” Vocalist/guitarist Chris Robertson is talking about The Human Condition, Black Stone Cherry’s seventh album in the band’s 19-year career. 

Robertson, guitarist/vocalist Ben Wells, bassist/vocalist John Lawhon, and drummer/vocalist John Fred Young recorded their latest work at Lawhon’s Monocle Studios in March 2020. The Kentucky band, whose professional and personal relationships date back to their school years, self-produced again, with their monitor engineer, Jordan Westfall. 

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including,, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer,, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.