Is there a more consistent and harder working band in music today than Blackberry Smoke? With three top 40 albums under their belt, including 2 consecutive number one albums on the US country and UK rock charts with "Holding All The Roses" and "Like An Arrow", Atlanta's finest are back with a fine collection of 13 impeccably constructed tracks.
It's hard to call the Georgia quartet Blackberry Smoke Southern Rock revivalists. Rather, they work in a tradition carved out by Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band back in the '70s. Gregg Allman sings on "Free on the Wing," the closing track on Like an Arrow, the band's first album for Thirty Tigers, and Skynyrd is often used as a comparison point for the band, but Like an Arrow makes it plain that Blackberry Smoke is a close cousin of the Black Crowes – a band that sifts through the past to pick its favorite rock, not necessarily pledging allegiance to sounds made south of the Mason-Dixie line.
Georgia rock quintet Blackberry Smoke could write the book on how to "slow build" a career. Since 2000, singer/guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist Paul Jackson, keyboard player Brandon Still, and brothers Brit and Richard Turner on drums and bass, respectively, have played in excess of 250 dates a year in funky honky tonks, rock clubs, and on festival stages on both sides of the Atlantic, learning how to write songs in the process. Holding All the Roses is their Rounder debut, the follow-up to 2012's killer The Whippoorwill. It was recorded in less than two weeks, during a brief touring respite, with producer – and Georgia native – Brendan O'Brien (AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam). While it might startle longtime fans, there are no sprawling jams on this set – all 12 tunes are under five minutes. Instead, Holding All the Roses showcases the band's tightness and their considerable development as rock & roll songwriters…
International country music star and Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. recording artist Gord Bamford announces the 2018 NEON SMOKE Tour today. Starting on January 24th in Brampton Ontario, the expansive 29 date Canadian tour hits markets large and small from coast to coast ending on March 2nd in Kelowna B.C. before heading to Australia the following week for a string of shows. For the NEON SMOKE tour, Gord Bamford has invited Warner Music Canada breakout artist Aaron Goodvin to come along and beat on his “Lonely Drum”