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!