Huge collaboration of artists record song for the Gary Sinise Foundation
Five Finger Death Punch have teamed up with Queen‘s Brian May, and country stars Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to record a special version of the song Blue On Black. You can watch the video below
Blue On Black was originally written and recorded by Kenny Wayne Shepherd in 1997 while Brantley Gilbert’s band have covered the song on and off for years. Five Finger Death Punch covered the song for their And Justice For None album in 2018. This single release will see all proceeds donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation which raises money for American veterans, first responders and their families.
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory states,
“To raise awareness for and support first responders is a cause that’s always been close to our hearts. These brave men and women leave their homes every morning not knowing if they’ll ever see their families again. 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.“
Blues rock legend Kenny Wayne Shepherd adds:
“When Five Finger Death Punch approached me about teaming up with them to do a special version of ‘Blue On Black’, I was thrilled to do it. When they told me Brantley Gilbert and Brian May were also going to be part of it, I was honoured. This is a powerful collaboration of rock, country and blues artists and a true testament to the commonalities these musical styles share and I think the fans will appreciate and enjoy it as much as we do.”
Allen Kovac, CEO of Eleven Seven Label Group, Tenth Street Entertainment and Five Finger Death Punch’s manager for close to a decade adds,
“From Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk The Line’ and The Rolling Stones ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ to The Eagles and Willie Nelson, country and rock have shared an audience, and created some of the biggest and most successful records of all time.
On the meaning of the song, Shepherd told Songfacts in 2017 that “Tia [Sellers, songwriter] came up with this idea based on a shirt that I was wearing that was blue and black. She noticed the two colours that were dominant on my shirt, and if you mix those two colours together, black consumes the blue. It doesn’t amount to anything if you put the two together: You still have one colour, instead of creating a new colour.
So she built on that idea, and it became this really deep song. It’s really up to the listener to determine how they apply it. So many people have applied it to a death in the family, an abusive relationship, a broken relationship, or whatever. There are so many different ways. That’s what’s beautiful about music and lyrics is trying to write a song that the listener can apply to their own experience in whatever way seems fit. And that’s one of those songs.”
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