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Black Stone Cherry: “Gene Simmons says rock is dead. We prove it’s not, man!”

Black Stone Cherry singer Chris Robertson takes on Kiss and warns of the dangers of stray testicles

Ten years on from Black Stone Cherry’s self-titled debut album, an interview with Chris Robertson is a distinctly unstarry affair. No time limit. No press officer as chaperone. No media-trained answers. Just a doggedly normal Southerner, parked up on the roadside, holding the phone in one hand, mopping up his three-year-old son with the other.

“Nothing has really changed that much,” the band’s frontman drawls. “I’m the same person.”

Statistically, you’d beg to differ. Just weeks prior to our interview, Robertson and the rest of BSC led the Carnival Of Madness touring package through eight British arenas, topping a bill that also included Shinedown and Halestorm. This month the quartet release their fifth album, Kentucky, which looks set to match the success of 2014’s chart-visiting Magic Mountain. Doggedly normal they might be, but these Southerners are undoubtedly rising.

How did the Carnival Of Madness go?

Man, I was nervous. It was our first tour in six months, straight into arenas. It was kinda like an “Oh shit” moment. But it was awesome. Guys like Gene Simmons are saying rock’n’roll is dead. I think the fact that a band from a town of 1,600 people can play music that connects to people all around the world proves it’s not, man.

What was the first thing you did when you got home?

I went straight to bed. I’m not even gonna try to be cool about it.

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