Former rock and roll journeymen turn their sights towards the past as they blend the raucous nature of country with the melody of classic rock.
The New Black Tare the Heartland: loud, honest, pure and full of energy but also tempered by a heavy sense of melody and introspection. Their firebrand country is saddled in the roots of the 60’s and 70’s longhaired country revolution as well as the tunefulness of today’s modern dynamic. From top-down highway songs to tailgate love affairs, The New Black 7 deliver country rock juju that contemporary acts like Blackberry Smoke and Eric Church are using to help spread the gospel, that country is ready to be country once again.
Formed initially in 2010 by guitarist/vocalist Tory Stoffregen and drummer Brentt Arcement, they released the Ep The Old Becomes The New, a blend of roots country, blues, rock and fireside ballads. Soon thereafter guitarist Jason K. Herman joined the ranks helping to solidify the band’s centerpiece and give their dueling guitar harmonies a rock-oriented approach. Already a seasoned live band as all three players had logged in the years with touring rock acts, and it was time to put that experience into a new set of tracks for their debut album Hangovers & Heartbreaks (Vanity Music, 2013). Produced by Stoffregen and mixed by noted engineer Cedrick Courtois (Beyonce, Destiny’s Child), The New Black Seven took their modern approach to country testimonials to another level led by the raucous single,” Crazy All Over Me”, a tale of love gone way, way wrong. Filled with big guitars and big choruses, the track caught the attention of regional radio leading the way for other tracks like “That Don’t Sound Country”, an homage to the deep musical roots that Jason Aldean could cut his teeth on. Not ones to just look for the good times, “Fly Me To Freedom” found the band utilizing slide, piano and violins to anchor themselves to Stoffregen’s tender baritone ballad about time passing and letting go. The band’s evident rock side came shining thru on “Outlaw” a dirty road number custom made for pool halls and arenas alike, while the straight between the eyes “Can’t Go Home” is pure Lynyrd Skynrd, tough soul with a heart of gold. In addition, the band turned the Motley Crue classic “Kickstart My Heart’ on its head, giving it some major country horsepower. Guitarist Jason K.Herman explains, “The H&H sessions were a real pivotal point in the NB7. Especially for me being the new man in the song-writing circle. It was so easy to write with these two guys and the musicianship of being able to play multiple-instruments made us expand on so many ideas, it was a great launching point for where we’re at today”
Continuous gigging in support of Hangovers & Heartbreaks ensued as well as showcases at NAMM and shared bills with everyone from Rick Springfield and Tesla to Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood proving that they can take the stage with any act that shares in their love for big melodies and timeless sounds.
The band currently finds itself in the studio preparing their 3rd release (yet untitled) on their own Route 3 Records at the Shell Rock, Iowa studios of co-producer Wade Goeke (owner of Chandler Limited) with tracking having commenced in April 2014 with a release set for the 3rd quarter. The album will be a continuation of the band’s sounds thus far: rowdy country, melodic rock influence and open-hearted moments that will help solidify the band’s commitment to deliver a record that will have something for everyone while allowing them to share the stage with a broad cross-section of acts.
“Our live show continues to evolve with every show. We spent a lot of the year writing, and peppering in shows where they fit. Now with 3 albums in the bucket, we’re ready to go out and give people one hell of a show” remarks Herman. I think our songs fit into every spectrum. The New Black 7 are also committed to dates during this time as well and will be re-releasing the debut Hangovers & Heartbreaks, in addition fans will be able to download “Kickstart My Heart’ from the band’s website upcoming.
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