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blogcritics.org Reviews 'Can't Get Enough'

Music Review: The Rides – ‘Can’t Get Enough’



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.
Cover Can't Get Enough The Rides
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.


Ridgefield Newtimes Interviews The Rides

The Rides perform at Ridgefield Playhouse


As Stephen StillsBarry Goldberg and Kenny Wayne Shepherd tell it, musical collaborations are a lot like marriages -- try and force them and they'll fall apart.

"When it's forced, it never comes out good," Goldberg said, "but when the passion's there, and the feeling's there, and things flow, that's when you have something special."

Goldberg, Stills and Shepherd just might have something special with their new rock-infused blues super group, the Rides. The band members recently began touring behind their debut album, "Can't Get Enough," and one of the first tour stops will be at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, Sept. 5.


The Rides blows the roof off Iridium

Article by: Jim Bessman (Examiner.com)

“It’s really great to be in a blues band,” declaredStephen Stills at the start of his new band The Rides’ set Thursday night at Iridium.

The second of two nights at the Midtown club fell on the day following the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Stills noted this in crediting the great musicians who pioneered the genre that he, fellow 1960s rock legend Barry Goldberg and relative childKenny Wayne Shepherd now evoke as The Rides, who in concert also include drummer Chris Layton from from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (who now plays with Shepherd) and Crosby, Stills & Nash bassist Kevin McCormick.

The band formed when Stills sought out Goldberg, the legendary keyboardist who played for everyone from Mitch Ryder to The Ramones and co-founded the seminal 1960s blues-rock group Electric Flag, for a blues-rock oriented album project.


The First Rides Show

The first Rides show was at The Iridium in New York yesterday August 28th. They will have a second show tonight at The Iridium.

Photo by: Greg Logan