Mixing elements of gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul and more than a touch of outlaw country, Blackberry Smoke has earned a passionate fan base that continues to grow as the band itself evolves. The band is as blue collar as the bandanas its members wear.
“Our fan base is as organic as you can get,” says drummer Brit Turner. “Each fan has been won by live performance or good old word of mouth.” In a little more than a decade together, Blackberry Smoke has released three full-length albums – including 2012’s The Whippoorwill, the band’s first for country megastar Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label – two EPs and a live DVD, Live at the Georgia Theatre, which serves as the perfect showcase for the band’s raucous, rockin’ good-times-for-all take on rock ‘n’ roll. A chunk of the DVD’s concert footage has aired numerous times on Palladia, and the band also shot a DirecTV concert that has aired countless times.
Brit, along with singer and guitarist Charlie Starr, bassist and vocalist Richard Turner, guitarist and vocalist Paul Jackson and keyboardist Brandon Still, have slugged it out on the road for more than a decade, but now regularly sell out headline appearances across the country and overseas. The band’s audience, Brit says, feels like more than fans, which is appropriate given that their families are their biggest supporters. (A word to the wise: hitting on the pretty ladies in the front row might get you decked.) Though these road dogs rarely have downtime, they recently managed to carve out enough time to record their newest batch of songs for The Whippoorwill, an album that serves as a platform for smart, battle-tested song writing and for the band’s ability to leave audiences breathless
BLACKBERRY SMOKE ARE:
RICHARD TURNER | BASS/VOCALS | PAUL JACKSON |GUITAR/VOCALS
BRANDON STILL | KEYS |CHARLIE STARR |GUITAR/VOCALS | BRIT TURNER |DRUMS
The Academy, Dublin 15th October
Tickets on sale now
€17 inclusive of booking fee
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