With the new Blackberry Smoke album 'The Whippoorwill' being available out on the road for all you amazing concert-goers, we asked you to share your stories from the shows and how much you are loving the new album. Bill Jackson from Tennessee is our fourth winner - there's a kick ass BBS fan pack headed your way for sharing your review Bill! Give it a read below:
Bill got his copy of 'The Whippoorwill' at the Buffalo River Resort Festival in Lobelville, TN on July 28.
Tell us - how was the show? Any crazy stories? Was it your first Blackberry Smoke live experience?
Up until the time the guys hit the stage, the only way I had heard them was either online or on CD. Man, was I in for a surprise! As "Up In Smoke" says, "Starin' at us like deer in the headlights"... that was pretty much the reaction from the crowd because most of them hadn't seen anything like Blackberry Smoke roll into town. Once the first note from Charlie's guitar hit their brains, it was Katie bar the door! Folks started dancing (or trying desperately to after large doses of alcohol), and the folks just kept on pressing in to witness the spectacle. You have to admit, it's a lot of fun to watch fat, drunk people trying to shake their money maker. HA!
For a first time experience seeing these guys live, hands down it was the BEST live show I have seen in ages! Flawless! I know there's a ton of folks from that show who weren't necessarily fans before, that are diehard, sold on the Smoke fans now. Having Charlie and Brit pop out on stage later on to help The Marshall Tucker Band with "Can't You See" was a great bonus ending to an awesome day! Can't wait for the chance to see them again!!
Review 'The Whippoorwill' for those unfortunate souls who haven't made it out to a show just yet and will pick up their copy on August 14. Tell 'em which song they should crank up first and which one brought a tear to your eye:
Here it goes Smoke Fans... Mr. Bill's Review of the best album to hit the airwaves in forever and a day. If you have the other Smoke albums, DO NOT HESITATE to pick this one up! Hit a show, grab a copy, meet freaky people, have a drink, rock out!
'Six Ways to Sunday': Great tune! The wordplay is awesome, and the music is just what you expect from the boys!
'Pretty Little Lie': Could be a great country tune making tons of cash for the Smoke boys if the Nashville powers would get away from auto-tuned divas and pretty boys and embrace REAL music!
'Everybody Knows She's Mine': I could see this one being a Southern wedding mainstay. Just one listen to this song and I think you'll agree!
'One Horse Town': Lord, if you came from a small town that seems to be stuck in a time warp then this is your anthem. You know the place; everyone knows everyone and kids are expected to toe the line and do the same things the men in their families have done for generations without question. This song show that it's alright to get the hell out at the first opportunity. Life's too short to be unhappy!
'Ain't Much Left of Me': Man, can I relate to this song! Think I found my new anthem with this one. This is a song for all the folks who've been kicked around, ripped up, beaten down by life, and still keep on truckin'! Never, never, never give up! If life gives you crap, throw it back in its face and tell it to get bent!
'The Whippoorwill': All I can say is music perfection. It's Blackberry Smoke... would you expect anything else?
'Lucky Seven': A cool song. It sneaks up on you like too much to drink. You're feeling all calm and then BAM! It's right there in your face rocking.
'Leave A Scar': Yes they will folks! This was the show opener at Lobelville, and talk about a way to grab folks up out of their seats! This says a lot about life; we might not get rich and famous, but everything we do has an impact on somebody, somewhere. The most we can hope for in life is to leave our mark on the world, or in the case of Blackberry Smoke, one huge, jagged, smoking scar. Don't go out quietly, slide that casket in on two wheels and scream, "Hot damn that was fun!"
'Crimson Moon': Old school southern rock legend feel to it... great background vocals... visions of Skynyrd dancing in my head... I like that!
'Ain't Got The Blue's: Aw Yeah! Bluesy, folksy, greatness wrapped up in a retro sound that grabs you and gets your feet to tapping. I think this is gonna be one of those classics that end up on a lot of playlists.
'Sleeping Dogs': These guys are experts in picking songs that folks can relate to, and this is yet another. Like the old saying goes, it's best to let sleeping dogs lie. If it's there and quiet, you'd best leave it alone or risk getting ripped to shreds. I think everyone has been in this place a time or two; we take so much and then we make some idiot pay for his stupidity by smashing him into the dirt. Yep. A great, turn it up. let it rip kind of stress relief song right here folks!
'Shaking Hands with the Holy Ghost': I just love the way these guys build a song up. I think they like to lull us for a second just to sucker punch us when the song kicks in. This one does just that... easy flowing at first and then it's churning along like a jacked up truck on mud tires that nothing will stop.
'Up The Road': Perfect end to a perfect album. It's like watching the closing scene of a movie where the hero gets everything he wants. Yep, this song is it. Sends this album out with a bang!
So that's it folks. If you don't have it, you need to get out there and snag a copy! Go see these guys live and live the Smoke experience! It's like having every southern rock legend you ever loved reborn right there in front of you on stage, and you'll be left wanting more!
Don't forget - 'The Whippoorwill' is now available for pre-order right here on BlackberrySmoke.com. Each of the four pre-order packages comes with an immediate download of the new album, so if you haven't made it to a show yet, get yours right now by clicking HERE! Then, share your story/review of the album HERE for your chance to win!