Preacher Stone, the formidable US Southern rock band hailing from North Carolina, has unleashed a musical storm with their latest single and video, ‘Rise Up,’ arriving fittingly on Armistice Day, November 11. In a time when the world was grappling with the throes of a pandemic, Preacher Stone’s frontman, Ronnie Riddle, channels the collective sentiments of the era into an emotive and inspiring piece. Riddle, with fervour, notes that the song emerged during a period inundated with negative news, and the band aimed to craft a musical refuge that resonates universally. The result is nothing short of epic.
Known for their high-octane, unadulterated rock-n-roll, Preacher Stone weaves together guitar-driven anthems that delve into the lives of the common man. Their songs, laden with heart-wrenching narratives of smoky bar escapades, coupled with the infectious swagger of their live performances, have cultivated a devoted fan base known as “The Congregation.” With Ronnie Riddle and founding member Marty Hill at the helm, the band, comprising Ben Robinson, Jim Bolt, Johnny Webb, and Josh Wyatt, emanates a musical heritage that runs deep.
Preacher Stone’s sonic prowess extends beyond the Southern borders, having seen their track ‘Not Today’ featured on two seasons of the acclaimed Fox TV series Sons of Anarchy. The band’s recent debut UK shows garnered rapturous acclaim, affirming their universal appeal. Having shared stages with legendary acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and Deep Purple, Preacher Stone has solidified its place in the rock pantheon.
‘Rise Up’ is not just a single; it’s a precursor to their much-anticipated album, ‘Preacher Stone V,’ slated for release in 2024. The band tantalizes fans, stating that this upcoming album represents their best work to date. With ‘Rise Up’ and their earlier release ‘Damage Is Done,’ Preacher Stone beckons listeners to stand resilient in the face of adversity, promising an album that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the rock landscape. As we await the full offering, it’s evident that Preacher Stone’s sonic pilgrimage is poised for new heights.