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. Dan Woodworth from New York is our third winner - there's a kick ass BBS fan pack headed your way for sharing your review Dan! Give it a read below:
Dan got his copy of 'The Whippoorwill' at the WV Rumble In The Valley Biker Rally in Martinsburg, WV on June 16. Tell us - how was the show? Any crazy stories? Was it your first Blackberry Smoke live experience?
The show was killer. This was my 4th show. First time in Jamestown, NY in 2010, Mansfield, PA in 2011 and Vegas Baby 2012. Martinsburg was the first time hearing some of the new stuff like 'Lucky Seven' and 'Holy Ghost.' We didn't want the show to end! So instead we listened to 'The Whippoorwill' about 5 times over on our 5 hour ride home the following day and haven't stopped listening to it since. Thank you for that!
The best stories of the night were just the entertainment from earlier in the day. There were hogs everywhere!! Oh yeah there were some bikes too. Some dancing to the bands earlier in the day will forever be tattoed in my brain. After that the anticipation heated up for the wet t-shirt contest. Woo hoo! Then I realized it was some of the same "ladies" in the "dancing crowd" that were also in the contest. Buzzkill. It was like looking directly at the sun. I was blinded for a little bit. Although there was one hot girl in it but she refused to take her shirt off. What a perfect time to have morals. Morals never won anybody any money. Don't worry though, the rest of them took it off and probably shouldn't have. You gotta give the crowd what they want, so they cheered for the least ugliest naked chested person in the contest Phil... err I mean Phyliss. $100 Bucks is a $100 Bucks. Did I mention Yokozuna was giving massages throughout the day. She would have been awesome in a sumo match with the mechanical bull. I love Bike Week! 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:
Waiting until August 14th to get the new album was not an option, so I had to get to a show. I'm sure many of you also feel the same way. Now knowing that 'Six Ways,' 'Sleeping Dogs,' 'Everybody Knows,' and 'Leave A Scar' were gonna be on it, I knew it already had the makings of a kickass collection of songs. Well I was blown away. From start to finish there are no weak spots on this album. I don't know how to categorize these guys. There are songs that could be country hits and songs that could be rock hits and songs that could be both. They can do it all. I'm of the Southern rock opinion and that's how I approach it but it can go either way depending on how you look at it. So on to the song review...
'Six Ways To Sunday' gets you revved up from the start. "You knocked the angel right off of my shoulder, right away my lil devil took over." Nuff Said!
'Pretty Little Lie' has got a country feel but with an outlaw flair. Just an awesome tune.
'Everybody Knows She's Mine' is automatically been placed in my girlfriend and I's list of wedding songs. (Provided we get married of course). First of all because it's an upbeat song about your woman, and not that slowed down tear in your champagne first dance silliness everyone else does like "wind beneath my wings" or something. It's a party. Act like it. Get the joint Smokin and get your hands up as high as a Georgia Pine!
'One Horse Town' has got country radio greatness written all over it. A great tune that fits the mold of a '90s country song when country had a resurgance. I'm not a big fan of the newer stuff coming out. Just too much powder puff silliness. This goes back to when country songs had real meanings and weren't talking about tractors being sexy or red solo cups being red.
'Ain't Much Left Of Me' is kinda like going to hell and back. You went in swingin' and nobody thought you had a chance but you just keep coming back for more. Anybody for a new Rocky movie?
'The Whippoorwill' is a personal favorite. It reminds me of the Black Crowes song 'Good Friday.' If you are a Black Crowes fan this is a standout song on the album. Love, love, love it. Is there anybody better to be influenced by?
'Lucky Seven' was a surprise to me because of how good it is. You go through the first six and think I'm gearing up for 'Sleeping Dogs' coming up soon. Then this songs comes at ya and you think Sweet Jesus, I'm in heaven!
'Leave A Scar' fits the mold of some earlier stuff like 'Freeborn Man.' Fast and kick ass. If you still haven't gotten the first album 'Bad Luck Ain't No Crime'..... WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITIN FOR!!?
'Crimson Moon' is a song that was new to me from listening to it on the album. Is there any better reason why my girlfriend and I are turning into roadies? What a rockin' tune. Kind of a little bluesy feel to it. Like the addition of the backup singer chickies as well. I said these guys can do it all, didn't I?
'Ain't Got The Blues' has a sweet intro ala Hank Williams tear in my beer sound. Doesn't get any better than that now does it? Picks up nicely into a old fashioned foot stomper all the way through. Sweet!
'Sleeping Dogs' Have you ever been in a bar hanging out just keepin' to yourself when some jackass wants to start trouble just because he can and decides to pick you? Guess what? Picked the wrong dog to wake up. Personally love the song live cause the breakdown in between and the jam that ensues is just awesome. One of the highlights of the show.
'Shakin' Hands With The Holy Ghost' Oh boy this song has that sweet little start up to it and then kicks into high gear like the AC/DC song War Machine.' AC/DC my all time favorite band. Somebody's sneaking up on them. Heard this song for the first time in Martinsburg and I said oooooo I like this song!
'Up The Road' slows you back down like the end of a roller coaster ride. Your screamin' for joy throughout the whole ride but you know it's coming to an end and you don't want it to.This my friends is your tearjerker cause it ends the album. Just a flat out good tune. I say keep the seatbelt strapped tight and go for another thrill ride. Crank this baby up to 11 from start to finish!Thanks for sharing and for your support, Dan!
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