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Artist biography John Fred Young
John Fred Young is drummer in Black Stone Cherry. Hailing from Kentucky, Young has great chops and neat fills.
Black Stone Cherry drummer John Fred Young is quick to cite his uncle, Kentucky HeadHunters drummer Fred Young, as his biggest inspiration: "He bought me a Remo Junior Pro kit when I was five, and when I was in junior high and decided to get serious about drumming, Fred taught me all the rudiments."
Growing up with The HeadHunters as mentors (John Fred Young’s father is HeadHunters guitarist/songwriter Richard Young), John Fred and his bandmates learned a lot about classic rock. Says the drummer: "The HeadHunters’ practice house, which we’ve pretty much taken over, is filled with pictures of Cream, Hendrix, Howlin’ Wolf, and all the greats. We’re a real southern rock family. We live on a farm and we’ve got cows, horses, and pigs, and we raise tobacco and cut hay. And my dad, uncle, and cousins have been playing rock ’n’ roll since they were kids. So there’s a lot of tradition there."