Blackberry Smoke signs deal with Rounder
Thursday, November 6, 2014
– Blackberry Smoke signed a deal with Rounder Records with a new disc coming out in February.
The Georgia-based band had been on Zac Brown's Southern Ground label. The band's fourth album, "Holding All the Roses," will be out Feb. 10. Produced by Brendan O'Brien - who has worked with Neil Young, Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen, Blackberry Smoke wrapped up the entire album in just over a week. Smoke leader Charlie Starr and the other four members of the band grew up listening to O'Brien's records.
The track listing is:
1. "Let Me Help You (Find the Door)"
2. "Holding All the Roses"
3. "Living in the Song"
4. "Rock and Roll Again"
5. "Woman in the Moon"
6. "Too High"
7. "Wish in One Hand"
8. "Randolph County Farewell"
9. "Payback's a B!tch"
10. "Lay It All on Me"
11. "No Way Back to Eden"
12. "Fire in the Hole"
A heavy touring band, Blackberry Smoke shows kick off in early February and currently stretch as far as May, with the band playing Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and New York City's Webster Hall.
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