Brothers and Sisters,
Charlie will be doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything next Monday at 2pm EST. You’ll get the chance to ask him anything your heart desires. We’ll give you a specific link to the forum on the day of but in the meantime, click here to create a Reddit account to participate.
The folks at Pandora are streaming Holding All The Roses in its entirety this week! Click right here to check it out and be sure to create a Blackberry Smoke channel and “thumbs up” all of our tracks. Enjoy!
Loved by ZZ Top, befriended by Skynyrd and Gregg Allman says they’re “gonna put southern rock back on the map”. We joined Blackberry Smoke on the road as they met their adoring British public.
It’s a wintery night in Manchester, but inside the steamy confines of the Ritz club teenage blues wunderkind Aaron Keylock is warming up the audience in the sold-out 1,500-capacity venue for tonight’s main attraction.
On a sofa on the balcony, one fifth of that main attraction is watching proceedings with interest. Richard Turner, bassist with new southern rock kings Blackberry Smoke, is a towering, shaggy-haired, leather-trousered giraffe of a man, but no one has noticed him yet.
Or they hadn’t until one member of the audience bounds over and promptly drops his trousers. For an alarming second, he looks poised to make an indecent proposition. But then the reason for his exhibitionism becomes clear: his thigh is adorned with a large, ornate Blackberry Smoke logo.
Firmly clasping Turner’s own thigh, he pulls his trousers back up. “In 1969 I discovered Hank Marvin!” he bellows. “In 1976 I discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd! And about eight years ago I discovered Blackberry Smoke. You’re the best fucking band in the world!”
Over-enthusiasm aside, he may have a point. Right now Blackberry Smoke are the best band in the world at what they do. They come from the same ‘Stetsons ’n’ Southern Comfort’ school of music as Lynyrd Skynyrd, but rather than just churn out knackered old Free Bird rip-offs they blend bluegrass, Delta, gospel, classic rock and even metal in their music – a bourbon-soaked trucker beard of countrified cheer for people who also love Aerosmith and Metallica. This is 21st-century southern rock’n’roll. And, it seems, it’s worth dropping your trousers for.
Turner takes it well, even as more fans stream across and ask for photos on their phone. “Fans are mostly pretty well-behaved in the UK,” he says, as his gaggle of new friends eventually disperse.
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You can check out a brand new song from Holding All The Roses below!
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
Hey there brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors.
We hope this finds you well.
Another summer has come and gone. Some of us barely had any
really hot days to complain about (we know who that is), except
for Tucson and Vegas last week. Those two more than made up for
The Blackberry Smoke rock n' roll caravan continues to roll
down the highway, doing our best to bring you the finest
Southern musical experience that we can conjure up. As always,
thank y'all for spreading the word and coming to the shows from
coast to coast and everywhere in between.
We had the opportunity to play some great festivals this year.
Bonaroo and Peachfest were just incredible. Hell, Rolling Stone
even wrote a little blurb about our Bonaroo show. Although they
couldn't seem to resist bringing up sideburns, beards and denim.
No problem. At least we don't wear fedoras.
We enjoyed two wonderful nights playing with the mighty Gov't Mule!
Thank you so much to Warren, Matt, Jorgen, Danny and all for having us.
We send prayers out to the Gov't Mule family concerning the loss of Mr.
Brian Farmer. Our hearts go out to them in what must be such a horribly
sad and trying time. Brian was an amazing guy, as I'm sure you all know,
and his passing is a reminder that we're not long for this world, so
make the most of the time you have. Don't sweat the petty stuff.
A big thanks to everyone who got a copy of Leave A Scar Live!
We love it and feel like it's a nice documentation of the Whippoorwill
tour era. If you don't have a copy of it, give it a shot. You might be
Moving on, we've finished another studio album. It was recorded in
Atlanta and Los Angeles, produced by Brendan O'Brien. I guess albums are
like children and you're not supposed to pick a favorite, but this one
got all A's, made the team and won the state championship…WOOOO!!!!
We cannot wait for you to hear it. Hopefully, soon
Well, we have some shows to play here in the states before we head
over to Europe to promote the live album. Then it's the Simple Man
Cruise. Last one, folks. Hope you're coming…cool things are gonna
happen… Then, the Skynyrd tribute show at THE FOX!!!! Yep.
Come out and see us.
We love you.