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Next month, Blackberry Smoke will appear at The Boot Campaign's 2nd annual Boot Ride and Rally, in Hollywood, CA. The ride kicks off on Route 66 at 1:30pm, lead by the cast of FX's Sons of Anarchy and ends with a performance by Smoke at Hollywood's Happy Ending Bar and Grill.

In order to get all you riders out there ready for the event, Smoke and The Boot Campaign have teamed up to give you the chance to win the ULTIMATE survival kit for the ride. The kit will include:

Provided by The Boot Campaign:
-Pair of Boots (valued at $350)
-Boot Campaign Helmet T-Shirt
-A Pair of Dog Tags
-2 Tickets to the Rally where Smoke will be performing

Provided by Blackberry Smoke:
-A copy of the band's upcoming album The Whippoorwill (in-stores Aug. 14)
-Little Piece of Dixie, the band's 2009 album
-Blackberry Smoke: Live at the Georgia Theater DVD
-'Horses in Love' BBS Tee
-BBS/Whippoorwill Zippo Lighter

If you already have your tickets for the ride, sign up HERE for your chance to win. If not, visit www.bootride.com, grab your ticket for the Ride and Rally to support our great nation's military and head out west to party with the cast of Sons and Smoke!

In light of the new album 'The Whippoorwill' being available out on the road for all you awesome concert-goers, we asked you to share your stories from the shows and how much you are loving the new album. Suzi White from Kentucky is our second winner - there's a kick ass BBS fan pack headed your way for sharing your story Suzi! Give it a read below:

Suzy got her copy of 'The Whippoorwill' at Jim Porter's Emporium in Louisville, KY on June 17.

Tell us - how was the show? Any crazy stories? Was it your first Blackberry Smoke live experience?

This was my second show and it was as amazing as the first, actually maybe a little more amazing since it featured so many songs from "The Whippoorwill." My big bro, Keith Newsome, introduced me to Blackberry Smoke and insisted I see them at Buster's in Lexington, KY last summer. My husband and I were hooked from the get go! The show in Louisville was special because we brought along a friend- who is now hooked as well! No crazy stories but I do crack up (on the inside of course) when I remember parking at the Emporium in Louisville and getting a text from my brother that said "HURRY UP SIS! THEY ARE LIGHTING THE INCENSE!"

It is not just your music that is amazing! It is the hard work you put into your shows AND the meeting of fans afterwards that blows my mind. How such talented musicians remain so humble and down home is beyond me. No EGO maniacs allowed apparently.

Our (almost) 16 year old son is special needs with several different brain disorders. He gets to come to the show Saturday at the Buchanan County Fairgrounds. Look for him! He will be the kid in the Blackberry Smoke t-shirt with the blue mohawk belting our your tunes to the top of his lungs.

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:

"The Whippoorwill" is my favorite Blackberry Smoke album yet. It kicks off with a rockin' "Six Ways to Sunday" that even though I am a serious Baptist Christian I cannot seem to get offended by. It slides into "Pretty Little Lie" which features a melody that is just haunting enough to get stuck in your head and then you find youself singing along with "Everybody Knows She's Mine," a feel good song about love, lust and the works. Best part of that one for me? Remembering standing beside my brother Keith and him fist pumping and singing the line, "I'm the luckiest man in the world!" while his beautiful wife smiled at him. GOOD STUFF!

The next three songs are my favorite and just happen to be in the sequence I would have chosen (great work guys!) "One Horse Town" makes me weep. It brings up so many memories of my one horse town I grew up in. This song is pure poetry with a melodious tugging of the heartstrings. "Ain't Much Left Of Me" is my personal favorite at the moment because I relate to the struggles of life and the toll it takes. Awesome song. Period. "The Whippoorwill"...haunting...bluesy....speaks to so many topics on so many levels, love lost, love found, spiritual longing, worldy longing. Fantastic and is even better live! "Lucky Seven" and "Leave a Scar" are songs that make you tap your toes and roll the windows down. "Crimson Moon," when this is your least favorite song on the album and it is as good as this one, well that's how you know "The Whippoorwill" is an unbelievable collection of songs.

"Ain't Got the Blues" is another favorite. No matter how bad my day has been I cannot listen to this song without at least SMILING! It reminds me of an old timey song (think Hank Sr.) but with an almost gospel feel to it. Love it! "Sleeping Dogs," I have liked this song for a long time even before "The Whippoorwill." I love how it makes no apologies for being bad ass.  "Shakin' Hands with the Holy Ghost" is not a favorite (Baptist faith peeking through perhaps? LOL) but I cannot help but love the lyrical flow of the song and have to sing along! "Up the Road," this song gives me chills every time. It's perfect placing at the end of album and gives you a chance to belt out all of your pain and frustrations just before it goes back to "Six Ways to Sunday" and the whole trip begins again!

Sorry for the long review but every song is excellent and deserves acknowledgment. My favorite music in a very long time! Have and will continue to wear it out.

Thanks for sharing and for your support, Suzi!

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!
The second best thing to seeing Blackbery Smoke rocking it out on the road is watching them do their thing from the comfort of your own couch! Make sure to mark your party schedule with these upcoming appearances and keep spreading the Smoke!

The guys will be stopping by AXS TV's Honky Tonk TV on Monday, July 22nd at 2pm (ET). You don't wanna miss this show where they'll be catching up with Roxy about the upcoming album "The Whippoorwill" and giving her all the latest Smoke news.

Haven't had a chance to see the "Blackberry Smoke: Live at The Georgia Theater" special on Palladia yet? (Or just can't wait to see it again?) You have several times to catch this amazing concert special soon!

Friday, July 20 4a (ET)
Saturday July 21 2p (ET)
Monday July 23 2a (ET)
Wednesday August 1 5p (ET)
Saturday August 4 1p (ET)

Don't forget to get your copy of the "The Whippoorwill"- now available for pre-order with an immediate download of the full album. Get the album for just $10 or upgrade to include some great BBS swag HERE.
Chris
In light of the new album 'The Whippoorwill' being available out on the road for all you concert-goers, we asked some of you to share your stories from the shows and how much you were digging the new album. Chris Jones from Indiana is our first winner - we'll be sending him a kick ass BBS fan pack for sharing! Give it a read below:

Chris got his copy of 'The Whippoorwill' at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN when BBS appeared there with Zac Brown Band on July 7.

Tell us - how was the show? Any crazy stories? Was it your first Blackberry Smoke live experience?

This was my second BBS experience (should have been our 3rd but we couldn't make it to Jim Porter's back in May). The show was AWESOME. These fellers leave it ALL on the stage. The pairing of BBS and ZBB is the best lineup on the road. They're like PB&J, the perfect combination. The night of our show it was 107 degrees when we pulled into the lot at the Klipsch Music Center. My first purchase of the night was an $11.00, 24 oz. Coor's Light. My second and third purchase of the evening was the MUCH anticipated "The Whippoorwill" album and a very flattering BBS shirt for my wife (followed immediately by another 24 oz. Coor's Light, like I said, twas hot out!)

During the BBS set, one gal was hauled off by the paramedics. My wife said it was from heat exhaustion. I think she might have not been prepared for the performance on stage and passed out. Moments later some dude was dragged out for (what I was told) punching two ladies. Some of the Hoosier gentlemen in the crowd "kindly" corrected his attitude until the professionals arrived and peace was restored. Many a beers were consumed and much sweat was expended that night. But BBS did NOT disappoint. Another fine performance, gentlemen. Keep up the fine work!

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:

I (and several of my loyal follower friends and family) have been "patiently" waiting for our opportunity to purchase "The Whippoorwill" since I read about it's impending release. The album is another triumphant effort by the boys of Blackberry Smoke. A little too country for some, a little too rock and roll for others, but JUST right for those of us who CRAVE what REAL American music could and SHOULD be. Blackberry Smoke carry on the tradition of the GREAT Southern Rock bands that has been missing from the musical landscape for far too long.

The boys can write, they can play and they can flat-out perform. There isn't a slouch in the bunch and they are dedicated both to their craft AND to entertaining an audience.
 
"Everybody Knows She's Mine" is catchy, instantly likeable and will be a crowd favorite sing-along in no time.
"One Horse Town" speaks to me personally as I live in the 3500 person small town I grew up in and I can see it slowly dying with every passing year.
"Pretty Little Lie" is a bitter sweet love anthem with a sweet melody and VERY well written lyrics.
"Leave a Scar" is simply an ass-kicker. I play a "little" guitar and as soon as I heard that one I knew I wanted to learn it.
"Sleeping Dogs" seems like it could be a sequel to "The Bottom of This" from the previous album "A Little Piece of Dixie". The two go hand in hand very well.
And "Up the Road" is the lamenting ballad at the end of the album that lets you KNOW Charlie has LIVED what he's singing about.

VERY nice job gentlemen. This record was WELL worth the wait. Thank you for the hard work and dedication to the music you write, record and perform. You are more appreciated than you'll ever know.


Thanks for sharing and for your support, Chris!

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!
Haven't made it out to a show to get your copy of 'The Whippoorwill' just yet? Today is your lucky day!

Four GREAT pre-order packages are now available exclusively here on BlackberrySmoke.com. Click HERE to check out the packages and order yours now. When you order any of the four packages, you'll get an immediate download of all thirteen tracks on the new album.

Bundle 1
The Whippoorwill physical album + immediate download - $10

Bundle 2
Unsigned Poster + Guitar Pick + CD + immediate download - $20

Bundle 3
Whippoorwill T-shirt + Unsigned Poster + Guitar Pick + CD + immdediate download - $35

Bundle 4
Vinyl copy of the album + Signed Poster + T-shirt + Guitar Pick + CD + immediate download - $55
BUY TICKETS NOW!  http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0E0048BD1035C2A5
Which of you Smoke fans are lucky enough to already have a copy of ‘The Whippoorwill’? We want YOUR uncensored story of the night you got your album! Click HERE to fill out the form and tell us all about it.

We'll be featuring some stories and reviews right here on BlackberrySmoke.com and Facebook to help spread the smoke up until August 14 when the album is available in-stores everywhere! Get to typin', Smoke fans and you could win a SIGNED copy of the album and some other BBS gear!

Who Has 'The Whippoorwill' Already?
Wufo
"If someone said we ever gave a damn, they damn sure told you wrong…" Thank you, Hag.

Another summer is here. We have already seen one naked woman dance in the middle of
a dirt road. I guess that makes it official, like seeing a Monarch butterfly??

The last few months have been busy, as usual. We had a damn good time on the "Blood,
Sweat and Beers Tour" with Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert. They are good people, and
were good to us. Thanks to them, their bands and crew! The shows were extremely high
energy, especially the Nashville show which was a flat-out ass kicker! We had a really
good time, even if we did confuse a few 18 year olds…

Throughout the tour, we played multiple shows in one day, a few times, which proves we are still "hard as woodpecker beaks" from time to time. Take that, bands that don't play multiple shows in a day. The end of the tour with those guys saw us picking right back up with our own shows, as well as the first few festival shows of late spring, early summer.

Thanks to the good folks in Birmingham, Chattanooga and Woodstock, Ga. No thanks to whoever was responsible for the power outages at the beginning of the show in Woodstock. Hopefully that person learned a valuable lesson about sufficient power for a concert event. It all worked out in the end.

We would like to thank everyone who has purchased "The Whippoorwill" at a show. We're
so very glad that our brothers and sisters have the opportunity to enjoy this piece of
work that we're so proud of, and not have to wait until August 14. As for the asshole
who was trying to sell copies of it for $300 on Ebay, we hope you live to be 100, and
you slam your finger in your car door every single day for the rest of those years.

Anyhow, we roll on. I'm sittin' here in Hays, Kansas on the way out to play some shows
in Colorado. I just totally whipped Paul's ass in a game of MLB 2012. He is a little sad.
I'll let him win a game. Maybe.

See you soon.

Charlie

Check out more photos from the road here!
Colorado fans- Get ready to party with Blackberry Smoke! Check out all the ticket information below and get ready to rock with the Smoke!

JUNE 22nd Steamboat Springs, CO - Ghost Ranch Saloon – Tickets here.

JUNE 23rd Grand Junction, CO - Country Jam USA (w/ Zac Brown Band) - Tickets here.

JUNE 24th Colorado Springs, CO- Stargazers Theatre- Tickets here.
Blackberry Smoke is heading west and will be all over the great state of Colorado in a few days! Check out the run and get your tickets to the shows below: JUNE 20th Aspen, CO - Belly Up- Tickets here. JUNE 21st Denver, CO - Toby Keith's I Love This Bar – Tickets here. JUNE 22nd Steamboat Springs, CO - Ghost Ranch Saloon – Tickets here. JUNE 23rd Grand Junction, CO - Country Jam USA (w/ Zac Brown Band) - Tickets here.
Blackberry Smoke is heading out West and Colorado you are up next! Check out all the upcoming Colorado shows and get your tickets so you're ready to party with the band! JUNE 20th Aspen, CO- Belly Up- Tickets: http://bit.ly/IaYOzz JUNE 21st Denver, CO-Toby Keith's I Love This Bar- Tickets: http://bit.ly/LXj3Ac JUNE 22nd Steamboat Springs, CO- Ghost Ranch Saloon- Tickets: http://bit.ly/LhY7GN JUNE 23rd Grand Junction, CO- Country Jam USA (w/ Zac Brown Band)- Tickets: http://bit.ly/kcRYvk JUNE 24th Colorado Springs, CO- Stargazers Theatre- Tickets: http://bit.ly/MzZPBr
Blackberry Smoke is heading out West and Colorado you are up next! Check out all the upcoming Colorado shows and get your tickets so you're ready to party with the band! JUNE 20th Aspen, CO- Belly Up- Tickets: http://bit.ly/IaYOzz JUNE 21st Denver, CO-Toby Keith's I Love This Bar- Tickets: http://bit.ly/LXj3Ac JUNE 22nd Steamboat Springs, CO- Ghost Ranch Saloon- Tickets: http://bit.ly/LhY7GN JUNE 23rd Grand Junction, CO- Country Jam USA (w/ Zac Brown Band)- Tickets: http://bit.ly/kcRYvk JUNE 24th Colorado Springs, CO- Stargazers Theatre- Tickets: http://bit.ly/MzZPBr

Performing at George Jones' 80th birthday was a thrill but also just another day's work for Blackberry Smoke, the quintet of "rock outlaws" (Creative Loafing) known for raucous country riffs and sprawling shows. In addition to their passionate fan base, the band has garnered praise, supporting tour slots and guest appearances from the likes of Jones, ZZ Top, The Marshall Tucker Band and Zac Brown Band, among many others.  Their new album 'The Whippoorwill,' out August 14, marks the band's first release on Zac Brown's label Southern Ground Artists, and includes 13 new songs that reflect these diverse collaborations and years of honing their craft on the road.

 

From the defiant, funky "Everybody Knows She's Mine," to the sweaty rocker "Shakin' Hands with the Holy Ghost," and the riff-driven "Crimson Moon," the whole album is stamped with rich Southern imagery; frontman Charlie Starr's instantly recognizable grit; dense arrangements of organ, pedal steel, and guitar; and tightly-stacked vocal harmonies. 'The Whippoorwill' was recorded across sessions from Asheville to Atlanta to Fayetteville and produced by the band, along with Clay Cook, Matt Mangano, and Zac Brown.

 

Says Starr of the band's country/rock/bluegrass blend, "We all love the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Stones and the Faces and Hank Williams and Bill Monroe. It's not about what kind of music it is, as long as it's good and it's honest."

 

The Atlanta-based outfit, which also includes Richard Turner (bass/vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar/vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards), hits more than 50 cities on this year's run.

 

Full 2012 tour schedule can be found here.

 

The band's DVD "Live at the Georgia Theatre" was released in early 2012 and aired on Palladia in April.

 

Watch the trailer here.

 

'The Whippoorwill' Track Listing:

1. Six Ways to Sunday

2. Pretty Little Lie

3. Everybody Knows She's Mine

4. One Horse Town

5. Ain't Much Left of Me

6. The Whippoorwill

7. Lucky Seven

8. Leave A Scar

9. Crimson Moon

10. Ain't Got the Blues

11. Sleeping Dogs

12. Shakin' Hands with the Holy Ghost

13. Up the Road

Due to a death in the Blackberry Smoke family, shows in Goldsboro, NC and Wilmington, NC this coming weekend are being rescheduled. Whiskey Dicks in Goldsboro, NC has been rescheduled for September 2nd, and details are still being worked out for a new date in Wilmington. We will keep you up-to-date as soon as we have more information. Shows in Maryville, TN and Eclectic, AL will go on as scheduled this weekend.

Please know that BBS would never move or cancel a show unless absolutely necessary and appreciate your understanding at this time. We'll be back for ya, North Carolina.

Attention Hollywood Blackberry Smokers - BBS will play The Boot Campaign's Ride and Rally at The Happy Ending Bar and Restaurant in Hollywood on August 26. The guys will join the cast of Sons of Anarchy for this one-of-a-kind event where all proceeds will benefit our military through the Boot Campaign’s partner charities. Get all the details on the ride, plus early-bird pricing through May 15 HERE!
GET TO A SHOW AND GET YOUR COPY OF "THE WHIPPOORWILL" NOW!   
 
Blackberry Smoke is tearin' it up out there on the road with Eric Church's Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour, and all kinds of great things are being said about the guys' set:

"Blackberry Smoke might have been the best performance of the night. I doubt this is the last we will hear of them." - The Lantern

 Check out The Lantern's full review of the Columbus, OH show and The Musical Box's review of the Lexington show.

Can't thank y'all for the kind words and to the fans for lovin' the music. We're comin'  to a city near you soon, check out the complete list of dates here.
Click to watch Blackberry Smoke, Six Ways to Sunday.


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