Home / News / The Rides’ (Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Barry Goldberg) new record “Pierced Arrow” out May 6 on 429 Records; US tour this spring‏

The Rides’ (Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Barry Goldberg) new record “Pierced Arrow” out May 6 on 429 Records; US tour this spring‏

The Rides, the project of two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills, five time Grammy nominated guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd and celebrated Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg, are set for the May 6 release of their sophomore album Pierced Arrow on 429 Records.

Pierced Arrow, the album title referencing the 1920s classic American car, follows the group’s chart-topping 2013 record Can’t Get Enough (#1 on the Billboard, Amazon and iTunes Blues Charts and a top 40 Billboard debut). The new record, which also includes performances by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, features more original material from Stills, Shepherd and Goldberg. The record’s first single, “Virtual World,” recently premiered via Relix and can be streamed/shared at http://bit.ly/1YpEEID.

The group will celebrate the album’s release with a 16-date U.S. tour, kicking off May 2 in Minneapolis. Please see below for a complete list of dates.

For Stills, Shepherd and Goldberg, the process of writing songs from scratch and touring behind their first album opened an exciting new feeling of intimacy that fueled the creative process of writing and recording Pierced Arrow.

“We had so much fun playing on stage, we had to do it more,” explains Stills. “Lots of freedom. Kenny and I found a wonderfully exciting knack for playing lead at the same time without a real ‘arrangement,’ just sort of instinctive guessing, from watching each other’s hands. Neil Young and I used to do this with Buffalo Springfield. And the grooves are always right on the money, never rushed or jittery.”

Shepherd adds, “For me, it’s a liberating dynamic that’s different from my live solo band because I’m sharing the vocals and guitar playing with Stephen. I love being part of a unit where everyone weighs in with thoughts and opinions.”

Goldberg also notes, “It’s so great to be back recording and playing live on this high level again with Stephen and Kenny Wayne, and we’re really excited about the music on Pierced Arrow. The chemistry is just so good between the three of us. We all have so much respect for each other.”

A passion for rock and the blues isn’t the only thing The Rides have in common. Stills and Shepherd share a mutual love of classic cars which inspired both the band’s and the new record’s name. Pierced Arrow is a riff on the famed Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, a maker of luxury cars in the first four decades of the 20th Century; it served as the ultimate musician’s mode of transportation in the ‘20s and ‘30s.


1. Kick Out of It

2. Riva Diva

3. Virtual World

4. By My Side

5. Mr. Policeman

6. Use My Imagination

7. Game On

8. I Need Your Lovin’

9. There Was a Place

10. My Babe (Willie Dixon)


May 2                                                        Burnsville, MN                                             Ames Center

May 3                                                        Milwaukee, WI                                            Pabst Theater

May 5                                                        Springfield, IL                               Sangamon Auditorium

May 6                                                        Ann Arbor, MI                                      Michigan Theater

May 8                                                        Merrillville, IN                                      Star Plaza Theater

May 9                                                          Munhall, PA            Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall

May 11                                                      Englewood, NJ                 Bergen Performing Arts Center

May 12                                                      New York, NY                                                  Town Hall

May 13                                                       Kingston, NY                                                        UPAC

May 15                                                      Bethlehem, PA                  Sands Bethlehem Event Center

May 17                                                        Boston, MA                                            Wilbur Theater

May 18                                                      Providence, RI                           Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

June 1                                                        San Diego, CA                                          Balboa Theater

June 2                                                         Berkeley, CA                                                 UC Theater

June 4                                                        Scottsdale, AZ                                              Talking Stick

June 5                                                         Riverside, CA                       Fox Performing Arts Center

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