Blackfoot, the Southern American rock band who were originally formed in 1970’s by current lead guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rickey Medlocke, are back with a new line-up and will release Southern Native on Loud & Proud Records, August 5th. Over the last two years, Medlocke wrote, performed on and produced Southern Native.
Blackfoot has always been defined by their hard rock edge as evident on their most successful singles “Train, Train” and “Highway Song.” In 2012, under Medlocke’s sturdy guidance, he recruited a completely new ensemble. The Jacksonville, Florida-based foursome, including lead guitarist/vocalist Tim Rossi, guitarist/vocalist Rick Krasowski, bassist Brian Carpenter and drummer Matt Anastasi, are carrying the torch for the next generation with their hard-driving sound.
“This record is head to head old school meets new school, classic to new rock for a brand new generation!” says Medlocke, “Turn it up loud!”
“Rickey bridged the generations by having his grandfather Shorty Medlocke play on those early Blackfoot records,” said lead guitarist/vocalist Tim Rossi “so having Rickey play slide and other guitar with us on this record bridges the modern gap. It’s a full-circle kind of thing.” That forward-moving proof can be found deep within the music of Southern Native, from the proud heritage callbacks of the title track to the tasty slide-driven travelogue of “Take Me Home” to the harmonic ramrod-riffage twist on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s powerful “Ohio” (which includes quite a shrewd lyrical shout-out at the end).
Blackfoot have toured extensively over the past few years re-igniting their fanbase while introducing the new Blackfoot music and its members to fans of other Southern rock artists such as Skynyrd. Blackfoot will be touring all summer in support of Southern Native.
1. Need My Ride
2. Southern Native
4. Call Of A Hero
5. Take Me Home
6. Whiskey Train
7. Satisfied Man
9. Love This Town
10. Diablo Loves Guitar
June 15 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
June 16 – Saint Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre
June 18 – Brooklyn, MI @ Jerry’s Pub
June 19 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum Center
July 2 – Guntersville, AL @ Lake City Amusement Park
July 8 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater (w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 9 – Fremont, NE @ John C Fremont Days
July 15 – Mebane, NC @ Whiskey Sours
July 16 – Greenville, SC @ Gottrocks
July 21 – Salisbury, MD @ Headquarters Live
July 22 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
July 24 – Long Branch, NJ @ Brighton Bar
Aug 13 – Ringle, WI @ Q and Z Expo
Aug 19 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Aug 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Cadillac Bar
Aug 27 – Oxford, AL @ Rumble Motorcycle Rally
Sept 2 – Tazewell, TN @ Smoke In The Valley
Sept 17 – Bainbridge, GA @ Flint River Jam
Sept 23 – Stafford Springs, CT @ Palace Theater
Sept 24 – Kent Narrows, ND @ Island Bay Day
Author: Buddy Iahn
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