Schedules were tight, Shepherd says, and there was a scramble to lay down this one last tune. But by the grace of the blues-rock gods -- maybe the late legend Vaughan himself -- the rhythm section fell into place, and a celebration soon followed. Talk about an understatement.
Store Euro Store U. Titans in each of their respective genres, the artists came together to merge country and mainstream rock to re-create the classic song originally recorded and co-written by SHEPHERD. North America. Yet they make a conscious choice to do so for the greater good. What better way to make a difference than to join forces with some of our friends in country, blues and classic rock who happen to be some of the biggest names in those genres and together celebrate these heroes. It incorporates so many different musical perspectives, but our collaboration just works brilliantly. And you all are doing just that. So I salute you, and I thank you all. God bless.
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The song was originally released on their second studio album, Trouble Is On April 7, , it was released as a single and spent 42 weeks on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and rose to number one, remaining there for six non-consecutive weeks. The song continues to be a top download of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd catalog, ranking at number one on Rhapsody. It is also his most-listened to song on Spotify with over 13 million streams.
This segregation in musical genres came later, and it's still pretty segregated. I think music has to regain this place where it's unification. So for us it's an honor to have this record with these people and have hard rock, classic rock, country all together on a song. It's not too far from each other but still far enough so it's definitely a representation of different genres coming together. You know it can only be him. Shepherd, meanwhile, is flattered to have yet another rendition of "Blue on Black" in the world. It was a massive hit for us. That it can still be a massive force to be reckoned with 20 years later is exactly what you want as a songwriter. The charity element of the single, meanwhile, is part of FFDP's long-standing commitment to military and first responders, who are also saluted in the accompanying video. We're living our lives.