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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...



Brothers and sisters - use promo code SAVE to get 15% off your order in our online store now through September 3! Check out all the goods and place your order HERE.






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!


Charlie joined our brothers of the Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock on-stage at this year's CMA Fest and you can watch it all go down TONIGHT at 8/7c only on ABC! Don't forget to tune-in!

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.



DITLO takes you behind the scenes in to a Day of The Life of US! Check it out here.

We performed "Deep Elem Blues" and "Pretty Little Lie" acoustically in San Fran's South Park for our friends at Rhapsody. Give 'em a listen below.

We went Under The Influence with the Zac Brown Band's very own, John Driskell Hopkins in a brand new edition of his podcast. Grab a cold brew and give it a listen HERE.

Or just want to watch it again? You're in luck - you can watch the full episode (or skip to the last section!) right HERE:




Thanks for tuning in and for all the support, brothers and sisters.


The second single from our album, The Whippoorwill goes to country radio next Monday, July 15. Listen up for "Ain't Much Left Of Me" on your airwaves and don't be shy about calling and tweeting your station to let them know you want to hear it! Thanks, brothers and sisters!



Check local listings and tune on in, brothers and sisters!

Brothers and Sisters, you can now purchase VIP Upgrades at select upcoming shows!

Upgrades include single meet and greet admission, an exclusive BBS fan pin, your picture with us and you may bring something for us to sign. Check out the complete line-up of tour dates and VIP Upgrade availabitlity HERE and keep checking back often. VIP Upgrades do not include tickets to the show, so make sure you grab those first!

Please note that a portion of the proceeds from VIP sales will be donated to various charities that we as a band support.



Excited to help make music history with Bud Light's #MusicFirst 50/50/1 show on August 1. 50 shows, 50 states, one day. We will play The Grand Room in Salt Lake City, UT. Enter to win tickets and prizes here. 21+ only.


We are thrilled to have been asked back to The Boot Campaign's annual Boot Ride and Rally with the cast of Sons of Anarchy again this year. Join us on August 25 at Happy Ending Bar and Grill in Hollywood, CA for this GREAT event for an even greater cause. Register for the ride HERE.


The Boot Campaign is a national 501c3 patriotic movement that is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return and supporting their transition home.


The Boot Ride and Rally is an annual event that has raised more than $100,000 to provide direct assistance to military, past and present, and their families through the Boot Campaign. Get more information about both The Boot Campaign and The Boot Ride and Rally HERE.


We are honored to have been asked to play The O Music Awards. The O Music Awards are the world's largest online/mobile-only music festival presented by MTV, VH1, CMT. More details from CMT.com here and tune in to catch our performance on Thursday, June 20th from 11:15am - 11:35am EST HERE.


Brothers and sisters - if you're making your way to Nashville for CMA Music Festival this week, here's a look at where we will be. Stop on by and say howdy.


Wednesday, June 5:

CMT Music Awards Red Carpet

Thursday, June 6:

12pm - Signing at Southern Ground Artists booth, Convention Center
1pm - Signing at Carl Black of Nashville on Broadway
3:10pm - Melting faces from the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, 1st Ave

"Southern rock quintet Blackberry Smoke recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Blackberry Smoke discussed the lasting influence of Southern rock, performing live and their most recent release, 2012's The Whippoorwill


"When it's so good it just can't get old," said Blackberry Smoke's guitarist/vocalist Charlie Starr. "[Southern rock is] always a welcome sound to people's ears."


Check out our the rest of our exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com HERE!



First and foremost it was an honor to record "Yesterday's Wine" with George Jones and be able to meet him and his wife Nancy. George Jones was the best Country Singer of ALL time. A great memory i have of George is having breakfast with him.  My daughter who was 4 or 5 at the time thought it was so amazing that he ordered 6 powdered donuts for breakfast. He let her sit on his lap in take pictures of his plate. He was a very nice man. - Brit


"You give the appearence of one widely travelled / Lord I'll bet you've seen things in your time" ... I was thinking of these lyrics the moment I met George the day we recorded "Yesterday's Wine" with him. Thank you Mr. Jones for making a dream come true!!! - Paul


Soon they'll carry him away...RIP George Jones, "now that's country." - Richard


It was an honor to meet you, and such a rare privilege to watch you work in the studio.  I will forever be overwhelmed by the fact that you sang with us. You have touched so many lives by sharing your gifts with the world and shall never be forgotten. - Brandon


What can you say about George Jones that hasn't been said? People who are far more articulate than I am have explained how achingly beautiful his singing was, and how he could wrap that voice around a song and make it touch people in a place that few others ever had before or since. Mr. Jones put quite a few tears into quite a few beers. Perhaps his voice and delivery were the most sympathetic ever as far as ballads go, but he could also lay down a fast, honky tonk dance tune better than most, as well, and he never over-did it.

I was lucky enough (maybe not quite worthy) to sing with George on two occasions. Once in the studio to record "Yesterday's Wine" and a later on stage at the Ryman to perform it. The day at the studio in Nashville, we were set to record the song and Jamey Johnson and I were gonna sing it as a duet. When I was told that George would come to sing on it as well, I really couldn't believe it till he walked in the door. I was floored. Completely star struck and speechless. He walked into the control room and listened to the playback of what we'd laid down, and he said, "Damn, now that is country music, ain't it?" I will wear that like a medal for the rest of my days on earth.


When we asked him what he'd like to sing on it, he said "Let's you, me and Jamey sing the whole thing together." That is exactly what we did. It was an incredible experience, to say the least. At one point he said, "we should make an entire record of this stuff..." I have goosebumps as I type this.

About a year later, George was playing a show at the Ryman. The stars were in alignment, I guess, because we had a night off and were close to Nashville. My buddies Trey and Billy told me that George was doing "Yesterday's Wine" in the show, and that I was welcome to come sing it with him. After I wiped the tears out of my eyes, I went straight to Manuel and got a jacket for the occasion. The show was fabulous. As I stood in the wings with trembling knees waiting to go on, I watched
Mr. Jones sing those songs we all love with a smile on his face and a swing in his step. He was doing the thing that still made him as happy as it did us. Halfway into the show, he called my name and I walked out to look at the sold-out Ryman audience. They had no idea who I was, of course, but they were very gracious.


I have to say this: we sang the hell out of the song, George still nailing the high tenor part with that beautiful country soul. When we finished, George shook my hand and leaned over and said "good job, son."


Thank you, Mr. George Jones.  -Charlie






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