Jon Lawhon, the bassist of Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY, recently spoke to Sweden’s RockSverige.se about his band’s experience of playing with MOTÖRHEAD back in 2009. He said: “We toured with MOTÖRHEAD in Germany in the winter time. It was just cold and wet. Beautiful country, but terrible time of the year to be there. We toured with them through one of the hardest seasons and they were always fantastic to us.”
He continued: “We did meet Lemmy and spoke with him and the funniest thing from the whole tour was that all of them would offer us whisky and coke every day. Not [Coca-Cola], but cocaine. We were, like, ‘We can get down with the whisky, but with the cocaine, we’re all right.’ But it was every day that they would offer it to us, and every day we told them, and got the same speech every day: ‘Can’t believe you’re in rock and roll and don’t do cocaine.’ And we were just, like, ‘We just talked about this yesterday.’ [Laughs] They just didn’t realize they had just said the same thing to us the day before. [Laughs]”
Lawhon added: “Everything you imagined Lemmy to be and MOTÖRHEAD to be, they were. He called you a jackass in a heartbeat. [Laughs] He didn’t care and he had no remorse whatsoever. We tried to be as PC as possible, but we eventually got tired of that. [Laughs]
“We’ve always considered ourselves like the southern rock MOTÖRHEAD, because we won our fans the same way they won theirs. Just be honest, play the live show, don’t suck. If you suck, you lose fans, so we work really hard trying to make our live shows as good as possible.”
BLACK STONE CHERRY’s fifth studio album, “Kentucky”, was released on April 1 via Mascot Label Group. The CD was recorded at Barrick Recording in Glasgow, Kentucky. Taking a “back-to-the-roots” approach, the effort was produced in the same way and same place as BLACK STONE CHERRY’s eponymous debut album.