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Black Country Communion premiere new song 'Stay Free' and detail fifth album 'V'

Their first new music in seven years

by Scott Colothan

PhotoCredit: Rob Bondurant
Black Country Communion. PhotoCredit: Rob Bondurant

Rock supergroup Black Country Communion - Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, and Derek Sherinian - will release their fifth studio album 'V' on Friday 14th June 2024.

Produced by long-time collaborator Kevin Shirley, 'V' is preceded by the lead single 'Stay Free', the first musical morsel from the rock icons in seven years.

Already on heavy rotation on the Planet Rock playlist, you can check out the lyric video for Black Country Communion's 'Stay Free' right here:

Black Country Communion's 'V' is described as 'a monumental chapter in the band's storied career, embodying a renewed spirit and an evolution of their unmistakable sound.'

Commenting on working with the band again, Kevin Shirley says: "For a band that started out as a collection of the best practitioners of their instruments, they very quickly found a unique sound.

"This time around, it has more purpose, the riffs are tougher, and there are hooks! Yes, hooks! It's the most cohesive record, full of soul and grit, and I think this is the one that's going to be the benchmark for Black Country Communion."

PhotoCredit: Rob Bondurant
Black Country Communion. PhotoCredit: Rob Bondurant

Glenn Hughes adds: "In my opinion, we had the best time recording this record at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, tons of fun and a magical recording. Meet you inside the Music."

Reflecting upon the close bond between the band mates, Shirley enthuses: "When we convened in 2023 to start recording the album V, it really was like picking up the day after the most recent gig.

"The camaraderie is immediately evident. Once they start playing, everyone is deadly serious, and the music sounds like this band, and nothing else sounds like it."

'V' album artwork
Black Country Communion - 'V' album artwork

The cover art for Black Country Communion's 'V' and 'Stay Free' was created designed by Hugh Syme, who has made album artwork for Iron Maiden, Rush, Whitesnake, Dream Theater, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, KISS and Megadeth to name but a few.

'Stay Free' artwork
Black Country Communion - 'Stay Free' artwork

Black Country Communion play their first American show in 11 years at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday 17th March.

Black Country Communion last played live in the UK in January 2018 when they performed concerts at London Eventim Apollo and Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Prior to that, they last toured in 2011.

The supergroup's last album, 2018's 'BCCIV' was a commercial success in the UK, peaking at No.7 on the Official Album Chart.




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