It's hard being a living legend. Of course, that's better than the alternative. By '13, many of the '60s most notable musicians were long departed - John Lennon, George Harrison, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, to name but a few. On the other hand, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards celebrated the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary with a tour and Paul McCartney was still able put on incredible shows.
So what is a '60s living legend to do? Dust off the Grammy awards on a daily basis and polish the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame plaque? Or do you attempt to keep up with Mick and Keith and Sir Paul?
Stephen Stills is primarily known for his stint with Buffalo Springfield and for contributing his name to Crosby, Stills & Nash. Barry Goldberg was the keyboardist for Electric Flag which featured guitarist Mike Bloomfield. It was Stills and Bloomfield, along with Blood, Sweat & Tears founder Al Kooper, who created the '68 improv set, "Super Session."
In that same spirit, Stills and Goldberg's manager Elliot Roberts suggested they get together. "We connected on so many things, started jamming, and soon had begun writing our first song," said Goldberg.
A bit later, they added guitarist Kenny Wayne Sheppard who had, to that point, released a half-dozen albums that had gone to #1 on the Blues chart.
"Stephen and I have Rock backgrounds as well, but the Blues is the fabric that holds this all together," stated Sheppard.
The Rides released their debut album "Can't Get Enough" in '13. It was recorded live in about a week at EastWest studios in L.A. Usually, the first or second takes were the keepers.
The album was produced by Jerry Harrison, former member of the Talking Heads, and had originals plus covers of songs originally recorded by Muddy Waters, Neil Young ("Rockin' The Free World") and Iggy & the Stooges ("Search And Destroy").
"The songs have muscle, they don't sound dated or contrived, they're very natural and organic," explained Stills.
"The Rides are a perfect mix of generations, where three musicians who love and play the Blues, collide and that goes beyond all our other individual life experiences," enthused Shepherd.
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