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Blackberry Smoke

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:05 am
by Chris
Blackberry Smoke – July 17 at 3pm

Richard Turner – Bass/Vocals
Charlie Starr – Guitar/Vocals
Brit Turner – Drums
Paul Jackson – Guitar/Vocals

Blackberry Smoke was formed in 2000 in Atlanta by lead singer Charlie Starr, brothers Richard (Bass) and Brit (Drums) Turner, and guitarist Paul Jackson. Richard and Brit had previously been in a local band but the four hit it off musically and joined Jackyl’s Jesse James Dupree on a tour with his solo band. The band’s live reputation and varied music roots led them to opening spots for not only rock artists like ZZ Top and The Outlaws but also country bands like Cross Canadian Ragweed. The band released their debut album Bad Luck Ain’t No Crime in 2004 and continued touring. In 2008, they released an EP called Honky Tonk Bootlegs. Producer Dann Huff, who had worked with Bon Jovi and Rascal Flatts, came aboard to help the band with their 2nd full-length album. The album, Little Piece of Dixie, helped get the band signed to BamaJam Records, who released the album on September 29, 2009. The band has been touring extensively both in the USA and in Europe to promote the album. The band will be making their first appearance at Moondance Jam as they kick off the final day of the jam at 3pm.

Did You Know?
“Up in Smoke” is featured on EA Sports Nascar ’08.
The band played on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man Cruise in January 2009.
They will be going on the Sailing Southern Ground Cruise in September with the Moondance Jammin’ Country headliner the Zac Brown Band.
Blackberry smoke will tour Europe in June before returning to the states in July.
The band has opened for ZZ Top multiple times.
The band often covers The Outlaws’ “Freeborn Man” in concert.
Blackberry Smoke have regularly played over 150 shows per year since 2002.
Jesse James DuPree of Jackyl produced the band’s debut album Bad Luck Ain’t No Crime.
The song “Good One Comin’ On” was featured in the movie Swing Vote.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke names Blackberry Smoke in his top 5 Southern rock bands.
Medlocke’s Top 5:
1. Lynyrd Skynyrd
2. ZZ Top
3. Allman Brothers
4. Blackfoot
5. Blackstone Cherry/Blackberry Smoke (tie)
Slash joined the band onstage at the SXSW festival in Austin in 2007.

September 26, 2008
Wichita, KS opening for ZZ Top
Good One Comin’ On
I’d Be Lyin’
Freeborn Man (The Outlaws)
Sanctified Woman
Up in Smoke
Bottom of This
Son of a Bourbon
Freedom Song

December 11, 2009 in Valencia, Spain
1.- Memphis special
2.- Like I am
3.- Good one comin´on
4.- Restless
5.- Bottom of this
6.- Dogs
7.- Freeborn Man (The Outlaws)
8.- Ain’t much
9.- Sanctified woman
10.- Up in smoke
11.- Son of the bourbon
12.- Livin´hell
13.- Nobody knows she’s mine
14.- Freedom song
15.- Man of constant sorrow

My Take
I have bought a lot of CD’s of bands since they have signed to play the jam and Blackberry Smoke’s Little Piece of Dixie is the one I have listened to the most (although Tonic may be catching up). The lyrics alone are worth a listen as they somehow have a non-cliché drinking song (Bottom of This) and a song with the word hillbilly in it that doesn’t sound hillbilly (Up in Smoke). I do think this is one band that people are going to love or hate because of their country and rock roots. It is true they could just as easily be playing at Jammin’ Country instead of Moondance Jam. They have opened for rock bands as well as country bands and work well doing both. I think they are the perfect way to kick off Saturday when Lynyrd Skynyrd close. They are the truest 70’s era southern rock sounding band I have heard since…well probably the 70’s. To me they are in the same mold as The Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd but without quite as good of guitar play. But seriously, it is hard to reach that level of guitar play. They are also very well respected by other musicians as they have opened for the likes of Skynyrd and ZZ Top and have been joined on stage a host of musicians, including Slash at a performance at the influential SXSW Festival in Austin. They have opened for one of my favorite current bands, Cross Canadian Ragweed, who could also fit in at both country and rock festivals. Even Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke considers them to be one of his top 5 southern rock bands of all time (see his top 5 above), tied at #5 with another Moondance Jam performer, Blackstone Cherry. I think Blackberry Smoke is more southern than Blackstone Cherry, who is much heavier. I especially like “Up in Smoke,” “Good One Comin’ On,” and “Sanctified Woman” and I am looking forward to hearing a cover tune or two from them, especially The Outlaw’s “Freeborn Man,” which they play often. I know it was rumored they may close the saloon one night, which to me would be great, but I think they would have to rely on quite a few cover tunes for that to work for the casual fan. I have heard complaints that they should be at Jammin’ Country but I encourage you to check out their videos below and see they will fit in nicely at Moondance Jam. I really like the fact we have national performers at 3pm this year and I will be there early every day this year, especially on the final day as Blackberry Smoke kick off the day.

Up in Smoke video -
Sanctified Woman video - ... re=related
Son of a Bourbon live - ... re=related
Constant Sorrow - ... re=related
Good One Comin’ On live - ... re=related
Feel Like Makin’ Love - ... re=related
Sweet Home Alabama - ... re=related
Freedom Song live - ... re=related
Feel Like Makin’ Love live with Slash - ... re=related

Re: Blackberry Smoke

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:36 pm
by tiedyemom
As always, a nice write-up Chris. I'm going into it with an open mind. Hey, if I don't like em, nothings stopping me from heading back to camp. ;)

Re: Blackberry Smoke

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:47 pm
by Chris
tiedyemom wrote:As always, a nice write-up Chris. I'm going into it with an open mind. Hey, if I don't like em, nothings stopping me from heading back to camp. ;)

Thanks - just 3 more writeups left! I don't think you will be disappointed with their show.

Re: Blackberry Smoke

PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:24 am
by kansas666
I saw them at Rockfest last summer, and while it is true they have that southern rock vibe, they were just a little bit too twangy for me.

Re: Blackberry Smoke

PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:56 am
by joetraff
I just loved the videos.
I appreciate your effort to share these awesome videos with others.

Re: Blackberry Smoke

PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:57 pm
by Lisa!
I'd seen some post or say that Blackberry Smoke would be the surprise of the Jam, and for me they were. I'd heard they'd be 'too country' or 'twangy' but I really enjoyed them! I'd like to see them again!

Re: Blackberry Smoke

PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:13 pm
by Chris
kansas666 wrote:I saw them at Rockfest last summer, and while it is true they have that southern rock vibe, they were just a little bit too twangy for me.

I really dug their show and I can't wait to see them in a small venue like they normally play. They were one of my favorites from this year.

Re: Blackberry Smoke

PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:03 pm
by wes
I dug Blackberry Smoke going in and even more after seeing then at Moondance. So maybe not all that surprised, but one of my favorites. :D Halfmoon material?