Music Review: The Rides – ‘Can’t Get Enough’
By Richard Marcus
There’s a saying, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away”. If old rockers keep putting out albums it seems we’re going to have come up with something similar to say about old musicians. While some of them probably should have hung up their gear ages ago, others seem to epitomize Dylan Thomas’ famous line of refusing to go gentle into that good night. While they may not have the vocal range they once did or be quite as quick moving up and down the fretboard of their guitars, they still play with passion and soul. These are the type of guys you could visualize spontaneously combusting on stage rather than their lights slowly dimming.
Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg are veterans of the pop music wars with both of them first coming to public attention in the 1960s. Goldberg is probably not as well known, he was part of the Chicago electric blues scene of the 1960s and was a keyboardist with Electric Flag and Bob Dylan when he was booed off stage at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Stills is of course internationally known for both his solo work and the bands he was part of, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to name two. Either one of them has been probably playing music for more years then Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been alive. However, that hasn’t stopped them from teaming up with the younger man to form the new blues rock band The Rides whose new recording, Can’t Get Enough, is being released on 429 Records August 27, 2013.
There aren’t many older musicians who would willingly share the stage with a young blood like Shepherd who could easily leave them in the dust. Conversely there aren’t many up and coming guitar heroes who would think playing with a couple of old guys wasn’t just a waste of time. So just the fact the three of them have joined forces on what seems to be a semi-permanent fashion says a lot about their commitment to music. It’s that dedication to their art which takes the fairly standard blues rock numbers on this disc and makes them something a little extraordinary.