Black Stone Cherry are poised to release their fifth studio effort, Kentucky, this Friday (April 1). The heavy rockers have not only offered up a lyric video for the single "Soul Machine" (video above) but they have taken fans behind the scenes, detailing the recording process and the new experimentation the band utilized on the catchy track.

In the video below, the single plays at full length as the song ducks in and out, allowing for the members to elaborate on what makes "Soul Machine" such a standout. The footage starts off with a southern-infused lead and emphatic drumming, setting the stage for Chris Robertson's voice to fill out the rest. Bassist Jon Lawhon explains how in the past they've used strings and piano, but that they ventured into even newer territory on Kentucky. Robertson explains how they used the talents of two women on the single, adding depth to the grandiose backing vocals, accented by tactful horn playing in the chorus.

The song itself marries the Black Stone Cherry's signature southern flair with the more upbeat and flashy facets of soul and funk, lending credence to the song's title. The horns make themselves most known as the guitar solo builds to a climax, reaching a critical apex as all the styles coalesce into one unified and fist-raising ending.

Black Stone Cherry have already fleshed out their plans to tour behind Kentucky. The group will serve as direct support for Danish metal gone rockabilly outfit Volbeat starting April 13. They'll head out once again on July 20 as part of the Carnival of Madness tour, performing prior to Shinedown and direct support act Halestorm. For a full list of stops, visit our 2016 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours.

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