Black Stone Cherry at The Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, KY 20-AUG-22

Black Stone Cherry shines with a rousing performance at the Kentucky State Fair with Ayron Jones.

The opening weekend at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville is always a packed family affair, with countless demonstrations, exhibits, livestock competitions, midway games, carnival rides and of course fair food, plenty of it! Keeping with the family theme on the opening weekend of this year’s fair has Edmonton, Kentucky based Black Stone Cherry headlining the show at the Texas Roadhouse concert series.  The fair would not be the same if some weather related evacuation wasn’t part of the day, and this evening didn’t disappoint as a lightning storm rolled through the area briefly evacuating the area before the gates opened. Almost as if the heavens knew what was on tap this evening, the storms quickly cleared, leaving a perfect evening for fans to enjoy the concert tonight.

Opening the show promptly at 8PM was Seattle, WA based rocker Ayron Jones. For many in the crowd this was the first time seeing Ayron Jones, although there were plenty of fans sprinkled through the ever growing crowd. By the end of their time on stage, Ayron Jones, guitarist Matthew Jacquette, demonstrative bassist Bob Lovelace and drummer Bobbi Jimmi aka “Big Sexy” had clearly won over plenty of new fans with scorching set. Beginning with a statement song “Boys from The Puget Sound” along with “Supercharged” and “Baptized in Muddy Waters” Ayron pushed the petal to the floor from the start and really, never let up. To huge cheers the guys finished their all too short set with their mega hit and Sirius XM Octane mainstay “Take Me Away” featuring a blistering guitar exchange between Ayron and Matthew.  

At just a little after 9PM, the guys from Black Stone Cherry (BSC) took to the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series stage to a great ovation from family, friends and fans that had been swelling since the gates opened. It’s always a special “homecoming” for BSC at the fair as the groups second show ever was at the 2002 Kentucky State Fair on the Coca Cola talent stage so to be back headlining a Saturday evening show is a very special event for the band. BSC had a slightly different look on stage as founding bassist Jon Lawhorn took an indefinite sabbatical from music and touring mid last year. Bassist Steve Jewell Jr, formally of the Kentucky southern rock band Otis joined the band last November and seems to be a perfect fit for BSC.

Onstage, Black Stone Cherry was fantastic this evening and the Louisville crowd was loving it! BSC’s set started with the hard driving “Me and Mary Jane” along with mega hit and Sirius XM Octane mainstay “Again” and a cover of Tracy Chapman‘s classic “Give Me One Reason” from 2020’s The Human Condition album. Front man Chris Robertson’s rock solid vocals and guitar work along with the relentless and dynamic Ben Walls’ soaring guitar riffs guarantee a visually and musically memorable evening.  Before the evening was complete BSC delivered a rousing rendition of “Ringin’ In My Head.” from their second live album Live from the Royal Albert Hall and fan favorite “Blame It on the Boom Boom” before closing the evening with “Lonely Train”.  Completing the loop on the family theme of the evening the guys were joined on stage by several family members as the final notes of the evening were played

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