London - that was fast. Tickets for our Nov. 13 show at Camden Barfly are already sold out. If you missed your chance to buy them, we're giving you a chance to win a pair! Enter here. Thank you all for your support - we couldn't do this without you.
For the rest of the UK - we hear you and we are coming! Stay tuned for more 2014 dates!
The wait is over, Europe. THE WHIPPOORWILL will be released in Europe through Earache Records on February 17th, 2014. The European release will include an exclusive bonus song, "Country Side of Life", as well as bonus live material. Stay tuned for more information and don't forget to sign up for our international mailing list HERE to stay up to date.
Thank you all for taking a few minutes out of your night last night to watch us do something we love with the great Bob Weir. Mark your calendars now and tune-in for part two of our jam with him Wednesday, September 25 at 5:30pm PST / 8:30 pm EST exclusively on TRIStudios.com. See ya there.
I do believe this has been the coolest summer that I can remember. Temperature-wise, that is. We haven't really had any hot days to bi&*$ about. (Hi, Paul.) For those of you that have been keeping up with us and our little adventures, you know that, as usual, we haven't been sitting still. As always, thank you to all of our brothers and sisters for coming out to all of the shows and making them so great!!
We'd like to send a great big thank you to The Tonight Show and Jay Leno for having us! Can you believe it? Me neither… Mr. Leno was very cool, as was John Malkovich. I'm pretty sure Olivia Munn doubled up on the hand sanitizer after shaking mine, though.
Friends, if you've never been to the Gorge, out in Washington state, do yourself a favor and go see it. It is quite possibly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. We had a really good time there at the Watershed festival.
Here's a little observation. Only my opinion, of course. If I paid good money to go to a "country" concert, I'll be damned if I'd want to hear Journey and Bon Jovi covers all day. Come on "country" artists…play your own music. If your fans don't want to hear the songs that are on your albums, they're not really your fans.
For those of you that came out to L.A. for the Boot Ride, I'm sure you had a helluva time. We sure did. I got a chance to speak with Marcus Luttrell, the U.S. Navy Seal who wrote Lone Survivor. Marcus works closely with the Boot Campaign, who, in turn, organize the ride with the cast of Sons Of Anarchy. If you haven't read Lone Survivor, you should do so. It is incredible. Thank you, Marcus!
While out on the left coast, we hopped up to San Rafael for a couple of days to make some music with Mr. Bob Weir at TRI studios. Friends, it was unbelievable!!! Such a great bunch of folks!!! You'll be able to see and hear the stuff pretty soon, I'm sure. Thanks to Bob, Steve Parish, Justin Kreutzmann for the hospitality, the music and the
stories…have mercy, the stories.
We are very excited about some things coming up this fall. I'm not at liberty to give any details yet, but we may have a special little suprise with our ol' buddies, Lynyrd Skynyrd. And then a little later, a couple more suprises. I can't say what they are…but, one rhymes with "live album." Oops...
Just for you and due to popular demand, brothers and sisters - a free download of the acoustic version of "Ain't Much Left Of Me" from Southern Ground Studios! Get your free download below or by visiting blackberrysmoke.com/free. SHARE the link and video to #SpreadTheSmoke!
What a genius. Cowboy Jack's work with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Townes Van Zandt will forever stand the test of time. Not to mention his brilliant songwriting and all-around coolness. We went to visit him once, and he was so gracious and hospitable. I asked him about the old J-200 hanging on the wall in his office. He pulled it down, handed it to me, grabbed another guitar and we had a little "cornbread jazz" jam. Thank you for everything you did for all of us down here, Cowboy Jack. - CS
Our latest single, Ain't Much Left of Me, hits radiowaves TODAY. Check out the official lyric video below and don't forget to #SpreadTheSmoke, brothers and sisters.