Blackberry Smoke Archive
“I think that this record does a really good job of conveying what we do and what we’re about,” Blackberry Smoke singer-guitarist-songwriter Charlie Starr says of Holding All the Roses, the band’s fourth studio album and its first Rounder release. Indeed, Holding All the Roses compellingly captures the energy, attitude and honesty that have already helped to make Blackberry Smoke one of America’s hottest live rock ‘n’ roll outfits, as well as a grass-roots phenomenon with a large and fiercely loyal fan base that reflects the band’s tireless touring regimen and staunch blue-collar work ethic. The 12-song set—produced by Brendan O’Brien, whose previous production clients have included AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young—showcases the Atlanta-based quintet’s emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country, with Starr’s raspy twang matched by his and Paul Jackson’s snarling guitars, Brandon Still’s hauntingly expressive organ and piano, and the propulsive sibling rhythm section of Richard and Brit Turner. The songs’ musical and emotional appeal is further elevated by the band’s three-part vocal harmonies and expanded arrangements that make judicious use of fiddle and added percussion. The five musicians’ instinctive musical rapport manifests itself equally strongly on such surging rockers…[read more…]
The Casual Causality of Blackberry Smoke
Blackberry Smoke recently played to a sold out crowd at the Iron City music venue in Birmingham. Mother Plug Music sat down with Charlie Starr and Brit Turner, the lead singer and drummer, to discuss their past, present and future. Photos by Mary C. Fehr. Interview conducted by Jen Jackson. Article written by Josh Matthews.
Blackberry Smoke has toured with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd on multiple occasions, as well as played and recorded alongside friend Bob Weir. For most fans of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Grateful Dead, these would be monumental accomplishments. For fans of Blackberry Smoke, however, these are mere casual causalities. Blackberry Smoke is arguably one of the best Southern rock bands since Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose name is synonymous with the genre, and they’re arguably one of the hardest working bands since Grateful Dead, whose name is synonymous with touring.
Effect, meet cause. From day one, Blackberry Smoke has taken a very blue collar approach to their business. They have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and played anywhere from 150 – 250 shows a year. They’re basically always on tour.
Charlie Starr: Except for when we get to the end of the year, we…[read more…]
The 2016 Jimmie Rogers Music Festival is celebrating the Father of Country Music and Country Music heritage this weekend, May 6 – 7, in Meridian, MS. Headlining the festival is Blackberry Smoke and Lucinda Williams. Other artists showcased are Billy Joe Shaver, The Long Bellow, Keller Williams, Elizabeth Cook, the Cedric Burnside Project, James McMurtry, The Marcus King Band and more. For more information, visit the Jimmie Rogers Music Festival website here.[read more…]