Who knew that a farming background would prove itself to be such an important foundation for a future in rock ‘n’ roll badassery that Chuck Norris would be envious of? In Part 1 of this Nuclear Blast Artist Profile Series on BLACK STAR RIDERS, vocalist & lyricist Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, ex-THE ALMIGHTY) goes back to the first chapter of his life to discuss his childhood on a farm in Northern Ireland during a time of political conflict and the trajectory his life was headed for if not for his first concert in Belfast at age thirteen. Born in Georgia and raised in Alabama, guitarist Damon Johnson (THIN LIZZY, ex-ALICE COOPER/BROTHER CANE) reminisces about being raised on a farm, his musical childhood, and the social backdrop of the post-civil rights movement. Both musicians share a blue collar work ethic and a deep love of music. Harnessing these heartfelt qualities, both formed their own bands while in their teens and catapulted themselves into decades-long careers in music. Check out the intimate portrait of Damon & Ricky (and discover what their first albums, concerts, and musical instruments were) on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/TdoUdACtSVU?list=PLB4brr7vf-P7rdX5OYLLJov84TnTea0Aq Due out in North America on February 24th and produced by Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON), The Killer Instinct - the second studio album by BLACK STAR RIDERS – is a talking book collection of perfectly crafted short stories seasoned with harmonized guitar riffs, barbed wire choruses, and a level of musicianship that will stand the test of time. One listen to “Through The Motions,” “Finest Hour,” “Soldierstown,” and “Sex, Guns & Gasoline” proves melodic hard rock is not only alive & well, but thriving. Featuring guitarist Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY, 21 GUNS), vocalist Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, THE ALMIGHTY), guitarist Damon Johnson (THIN LIZZY, ALICE COOPER/BROTHER CANE), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, MEGADETH), and bassist Robbie Crane (RATT, LYNCH MOB), The Killer Instinct is a lustrous contribution to the chronicles of rock’s still-evolving history. The album can be pre-ordered in multiple formats (domestic, import, and exclusive vinyl) from The Killer Instinct Landing Page: http://smarturl.it/BSR-Killer-Instinct. BLACK STAR RIDERS will play three shows in the U.S. this April as special guests to EUROPE. Upcoming dates are: 04/24/15 Potawatomi Casino – Milwaukee, WI 04/28/15 House of Blues – Chicago, IL [BUY TICKETS: http://concerts.livenation.com/event/04004E2FF60C46B7] 04/30/15 Irving Plaza – New York, NY [BUY TICKETS: http://concerts.livenation.com/event/00004E33D2F03FA2] Additional U.S. tour dates will be announced soon. Pre-sale ticket links are available on the official BLACK STAR RIDERS Facebook page. Catch up on all things BSR on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel. BLACK STAR RIDERS will play the U.K.’s Giants Of Rock Festival this week, co-headline a 16-date tour throughout the U.K. & Ireland with EUROPE beginning in early March, return to the U.S. to appear on the Monsters Of Rock cruise in April, and perform at England’s Download Festival this June. Visit BLACK STAR RIDERS online at www.BLACKSTARRIDERS.com. Like: www.facebook.com/BLACKSTARRIDERSOFFICIAL Follow: Twitter.com/BLACKSTARRIDERS Watch: www.YouTube.com/BLACKSTARRIDERS