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.
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!
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.
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.
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