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!