Blackberry Smoke have packed up their Gibson guitars and left Zac Brown's Southern Ground label, joining the roster of Rounder Records just in time for the February 2015 release of the band's fourth album, Holding All the Roses. Produced by Brendan O'Brien — the studio powerhouse behind records by Neil Young, Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen — Rosestakes its cues from the band's back catalog, offering up another sturdy, scuzzy blend of country crunch and rock & roll rasp. After logging more than 250 shows annually for most of the last decade, Blackberry Smoke took a fast and furious approach to the recording process, wrapping up the entire album in just over a week.
Like Blackberry Smoke, O'Brien hails from Atlanta, where he kicked off his career as a substitute bassist for the Georgia Satellites before pulling double duty as recording engineer and studio musician on the Black Crowes' multi-platinum debut, Shake Your Money Maker. Smoke leader Charlie Starr and the other four members of the band grew up listening to O'Brien's records, and their decision to record Holding All the Roses with a fellow Atlantan — especially after amicably leaving the label of Zac Brown, another hometown hero — smartly keeps the band's roots planted in the same soil that housed their earliest bar gigs.
"[O'Brien's] an old Atlanta guy," Starr told Rolling Stone Country in July, "and I think a few of us had met him and hung out with him over the years, way back in the day, but this is a new experience for us as a band. We recorded live [in the studio] a lot again, and we tried a few different things, as well."
When it comes time to promote the new record in early 2015, though, Blackberry Smoke will go back to their tried-and-true method of touring at a rugged, relentless pace. The 2015 shows kick off in early February and currently stretch as far as May, with the band playing iconic venues like Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and New York City's Webster Hall along the way.
Holding All The Roses track listing:
1. "Let Me Help You (Find the Door)"
2. "Holding All the Roses"
3. "Living in the Song"
4. "Rock and Roll Again"
5. "Woman in the Moon"
6. "Too High"
7. "Wish in One Hand"
8. "Randolph County Farewell"
9. "Payback’s a B!tch"
10. "Lay It All on Me"
11. "No Way Back to Eden"
12. "Fire in the Hole"
Our brand new album "Holding All The Roses" will be available February 2nd in Europe and February 10th in the U.S. Along with the record, we’re heading out on a massive US tour spanning from February to May. Holding All The Roses pre-order packages are available on our website now. When you pre-order the album from our site, you gain access to an exclusive pre-sale to the 2015 spring tour before the public on sale on Nov 14th. You can see the full list of dates and preorder the new album here: www.blackberrysmoke.com
**YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH THE TICKET PRE-SALE CODE ON 11/11/14
We had a fantastic time in Scotland, Ireland and England. We will definitley be back soon. Thanks for all of your support here and back home. We are in main land Europe now rolling steady.
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