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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Stephen Stills’ Blues-Rock Band The Rides to Release Second Album, "Pierced Arrow," in May

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The Rides, the blues-rock supergroup featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg, will kick back into gear in May when they release their second album, Pierced Arrow, and head out on a U.S. tour to support it. The album, which will hit stores on May 6, features a mix of original bluesy rave-ups and ballads, as well as some select cover tunes.

The record’s title is an homage to the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, which produced luxury vehicles in the early 20th century, and reflects Stills’ and Shepherd’s mutual love of vintage autos. The lead single is a Stills-penned tune called “Virtual World” that was sent to radio stations on Monday and is one of three tracks from the album that can be purchased now as digital downloads at iTunes. The song, which features Shepherd lending strong harmony vocals to Stills’ lead voice, was given its exclusive premiere at Relix.com.

“There was something so magical to me about harmonizing with this man who is so well known for this kind of thing,” says Shepherd in a statement. “[David] Crosby, Stills, [Graham] Nash and now me!”

Among the interesting covers on Pierced Arrow is a rendition of “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” a song Goldberg co-wrote with renowned lyricist Gerry Goffin that was a top five hit for Gladys Knight and the Pips in 1974. Barry reveals, though, that The Rides’ take on the tune is based on a version Bobby “Blue” Bland released in 1973.

Pierced Arrow is available for pre-order on CD at Amazon, and as a digital download at iTunes. In addition, a signed vinyl version of the record can be pre-ordered now exclusively at Amazon.

Pierced Arrow is the follow-up to the group’s 2013 debut, Can’t Get Enough. The band’s lineup is rounded out by Crosby, Stills & Nash touring bassist Kevin McCormick and drummer Chris Layton, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

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