April 09, 2018

Blackberry Smoke: Find A Light

Blackberry Smoke have been churning out old school southern rock songs with a country twist for nearly two decades. They are live band first and have long lost count about how many shows they have played over the years. Their sixth studio album Find A Light has all the trappings of an actual live performance. There is a laidback urgency permeating throughout the songs, urging the listener to play close attention to the twin guitars playing catch (both acoustic and electric), the swinging bass, spot-on drums, snazzy keyboards and the rugged vocals. Also: take note of the lyrics, dealing mostly about hope in dark times.

Some of the vibrant leftfield indie scene in their hometown Atlanta, GA hometown scene has found its way in to the arrangements, but Blackberry Smoke stick close to what they do best: meat-and-potatoes blues driven music. Each time when frontman Charlie Starr has written enough fresh tunes (he collaborated with Keith Nelson on a couple of songs - that's a first in the band's history) to make another album he invites his bandmates to chip in for yet another foray into a good ol' country rock. With guest spots for like-minded artists - Robert Randolph, Amanda Shires, and The Wood Brothers - Find A Light will appeal to fans of The Allman Brothers Band and the Stones during their early Seventies heyday.

Blackberry Smoke:
Charlie Starr: vocals, guitar
Richard Turner: bass, vocals
Brit Turner: drums
Paul Jackson: guitar, vocals
Brandon Still: keyboards

Find A Light is released (red vinyl, CD, digital) thru 3 Legged Records (USA) and Earache Records (Europe).

Tracks:
  1. Flesh and Bone
  2. Run Away from It All
  3. The Crooked Kind
  4. Medicate My Mind
  5. I’ve Got This Song
  6. Best Seat In The House
  7. I’ll Keep Ramblin’ (feat. Robert Randolph)
  8. Seems So Far
  9. Lord Strike Me Dead
  10. Let Me Down Easy (feat. Amanda Shires)
  11. Nobody Gives a Damn
  12. Till the Wheels Fall Off (feat. The Wood Brothers)
  13. Mother Mountain

Live dates:
  • 04/11 COne Denim Entertainment Center, Greensboro, NC
  • 04/12 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
  • 04/13 House Of Blues North, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • 04/14 Charleston Music Hall, Charleston, SC
  • 04/19 The City Center, Champaign, IL
  • 04/20 Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Ia
  • 04/21 The Stiefel Theatre, Salina, KS
  • 04/22 Granada Theater, Lawrence, KS
  • 04/25 Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE
  • 04/26 Templelive, Fort Smith, AR
  • 04/27 Gillioz Theatre, Springfield, MO
  • 04/28 The Criterion, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 05/03 Aura, Portland, ME
  • 05/04 The Strand, Providence, RI
  • 05/05 House Of Blues, Boston, MA
  • 05/06 Merriweather Post Pavilion (w/ The Marshall Tucker Band & Outlaws), Columbia, MD
  • 05/10 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
  • 05/11 Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  • 05/12 Carnegie Of Homestead Music Hall, Munhall, PA
  • 05/13 Anthology, Rochester, NY
  • 05/15 College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT
  • 05/17 The Space At Westbury, Westbury, NY
  • 05/18 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
  • 05/19 Upstate, COncert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
  • 05/25 Shoreline Amphitheater (w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd), Mountain View, CA
  • 05/26 Glen Helen Amphitheater (w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd), San Bernardino, CA
  • 06/09 Red Rocks Amphitheater (w/ Big Head Todd & The Monsters), Morrison, CO
  • 06/23 Big House Summer Jam, Macon, GA
  • 06/30 Picturedome, Holmfirth, UK
  • 07/01 Ramblin' Man Fair, Maidstone, UK
  • 07/13 The Shed (Brothers & Sisters Reunion 2018), Maryville, TN
  • 07/14 The Shed (Brothers & Sisters Reunion 2018), Maryville, TN
  • 07/19 Peach Festival, Scranton, PA
  • 07/26 Harvey Kern Pavilion, Frankenmuth, MI
  • 07/27 Blossom Music Center (w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd), Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • 07/28 Hershey Stadium (w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd), Hershey, PA
  • 08/03 Hinterland Festival, Saint Charles, IA
  • 08/05 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, SD
  • 08/07 The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI
  • 08/16 Waterfest, COncert Series @ Leach Amphitheater, Oshkosh, WI
  • 08/23 Hensville Park, Toledo, OH
  • 08/31 Oak Mountain Amphitheatre (w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd), Pelham, AL
  • 09/01 Cellairis Amphitheatre At Lakewood (w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd), Atlanta, GA
  • 10/12 Batschkapp, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
  • 10/13 Harmonie Club (Rockpalast), Bonn, Germany
  • 10/14 7 Pratteln, Pratteln, Germany
  • 10/16 Kaufleuten, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 10/17 Tonhalle, Munich, Germany
  • 10/18 Alcatraz (Club Stage), Milan, Italy
  • 10/20 Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
  • 10/21 Capitol, Hannover, Germany
  • 10/23 Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 10/24 Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden
  • 10/25 Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
  • 10/27 Bosuil, Weert, Netherlands
  • 10/28 Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 10/29 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
  • 10/31 Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris, France
  • 11/02 02 Academy, Newcastle, UK
  • 11/03 02 Academy, Glasgow, UK
  • 11/04 Rock City, Nottingham, UK
  • 11/06 The Telegraph Building, Belfast< Northern Ireland
  • 11/07 National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
  • 11/09 Tramshed, Cardiff, UK
  • 11/10 02 Academy, Birmingham, UK
  • 11/11 02 Academy, Bristol, UK
  • 11/13 Guildhall, Southampton, UK
  • 11/15 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
  • 11/16 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
  • 11/17 02 Apollo, Manchester, UK

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