Wednesday, February 28, 2018
NEWS: Blackberry Smoke book Belfast show
IN celebration of the new album, the band - who have been called “country-rock’s most ferocious live band” by Rolling Stone—will tour throughout 2018, including a headline show at Belfast’s Telegraph Building on Tuesday November 06th 2018.
Tickets on sale Friday 02nd March at 9am from the usual outlets.
Blackberry Smoke’s highly anticipated new album, Find A Light will be released April 6 on Thirty Tigers and is now available for pre-order. Already receiving widespread attention, the album’s lead track, “Flesh And Bone,” recently premiered at Rolling Stone (listen/share HERE). Of the song, Rolling Stone praises that it, “…sees Blackberry Smoke in full-on swagger—as well they should be. Starr and co. are riding a hot streak…A gritty stomper, ‘Flesh And Bone’ crunches like an early Nineties grunge song, but tweaked with Georgia twang that’s become a Blackberry Smoke signature.”
Additionally, Guitar World declares, “‘Flesh And Bone’ is a greasy, stomping, slide-guitar-packed tune with a IV section that recalls mid-period Led Zeppelin.”
“Best Seat In The House” is the second song unveiled from the new album (listen/share HERE). Of the song, lead singer Charlie Starr comments, “That song is sort of a sarcastic complaint...we all want what we ain’t got. It’s not enough to get in, people want front row…”
Self-produced by the acclaimed 5-piece band, Find A Light is Blackberry Smoke’s sixth full-length studio album and features 13 new songs written/co-written by lead-singer and guitarist Charlie Starr.
In addition to Starr and band-members Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards), the album also features special guests Robert Randolph (“I’ll Keep Ramblin’”), Amanda Shires (“Let Me Down Easy”) and The Wood Brothers (“Mother Mountain”).
Of the album, Starr comments, “The new album is a melting pot of Blackberry Smoke music with a wide range of sound and emotion. I think it’s our most inspired work yet.”
The release of Find A Light culminates a series of breakthrough years for the Atlanta-based band following the release of 2016’s acclaimed album, Like An Arrow, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country and Americana charts.
Released to widespread praise, the Boston Globe declared, “…the needle can be dropped on Like an Arrow until it’s grooves become as well-worn as the classic albums that inspired this band of country-rock workhorses,” while American Songwriter asserted, “…Blackberry Smoke fills the bill for the next generation of gutsy, heartfelt and honest Southeast rocking with plenty of talent, tons of drive and no apologies.”
In August 2017, they made their debut on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
In addition to their work as musicians, Blackberry Smoke remains committed to charitable work and has raised nearly $200,000 benefiting children’s cancer research.