Five Finger Death Punch join forces with biggest names in country, for collaboration of the year!
Five Finger Death Punch has teamed up with the legendary Brian May and two of the biggest names in country and blues rock, Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to record a special version of the song Blue On Black.
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. Taking Country Rock to the next level, Blue On Black is out today worldwide via Prospect Park (North America) and Eleven Seven Music (ex. North America). The artists and their respective labels are donating all proceeds from the collaboration version of Blue On Black, to The Gary Sinise Foundation which honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.
“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,” states Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory.
“Blue on Black is a song my band and I have covered off and on for years… songs are certified timeless when you can come back to them. It’s always a staple each night and one of my favorite songs to perform. When the opportunity came up to sing on Five Finger’s version, with both Kenny Wayne and Brian May, I jumped at the chance… Who wouldn’t?! It incorporates so many different musical perspectives, but our collaboration just works brilliantly,” says Brantley Gilbert.
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 honored. 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.”
Additionally, Five Finger Death Punch’s original cover version of Blue On Black has already generated over 50 million on-demand streams in the US, and is one of the most-consumed songs on the band’s current album (averaging over 1 million US streams per week). The song features distorted guitars, pummeling percussion and a swaggering chant that marks a surprising outlier on Five Finger Death Punch’s current and seventh studio album, And Justice For None. In the US alone, Five Finger Death Punch have sold 4.5 million albums, 10 million digital songs and over 3 billion streams total.