Black Stone Cherry
Label: Roadrunner Records
Kentucky-bred hard rockers brew a concoction of alt-metal and southern rock, touching on the past but by no means becoming mired in it. The best parts of Black Stone Cherry's debut for Roadrunner come whenever the twin guitar attack erupts. Harmonized and filthy enough, these kids have studied Skynyrd and the Black Crowes, not to mention Dimebag Darrell. Drummer John Fred Young is the son of guitarist Richard Young, of the Kentucky Headhunters. This record, or their next, could make southern rock relevant again.