Black Stone Cherry evoke a sense of warmth and community on Folklore and Superstition, the Kentucky quartet’s sophomore release. Led by frontman Chris Robertson, the band members address love, sex, war, family and ghost stories in their Southern-style hard rock that expertly segues from swamp rock to piano ballads to soulful sing-along numbers. It’s a highly versatile collection with many high points.A lot of young hard rock bands divide their albums between freewheeling up-tempo tracks and syrupy romantic songs. On Folklore and Superstition, Black Stone Cherry touch on both musical styles, but the band’s influences are so diverse that they can twist their tunes into seemingly endless variations. “Reverend Winkle” flaunts its energized riffs and thick bottom end. “Please Come In” starts off as a tough-guy rocker before evolving into an openhearted plea for the singer’s girlfriend to come home. “Peace Is Free” is a stripped-down call for societal harmony that builds to an inspiring choir-like chorus. “The Key” is harmonica-fueled Southern rock that sounds like it was recorded in a marsh. And the opening to “The Bitter End” comes close to replicating the frenzied thrash you’d expect from a metal band. Often, emerging rock bands suffer from a sloppy rhythm section that lags badly behind the group’s flashy guitar work. Black Stone Cherry showed signs on their self-titled 2006 debut of being a complete package – flash and heart – but that comes through more clearly on Folklore and Superstition.