Blackberry Smoke tours in '16
Thursday, December 24, 2015
– Blackberry Smoke announced its winter tour schedule, fresh off a big 2015 for the band, which includes a trip Down Under for the first time.
The band released its forth studio album, "Holding All The Roses," and toured heavily throughout the year.
Blackberry Smoke has a headliner spot on the maiden voyage of The Outlaw Country Cruise, which features performances by Blackberry Smoke, Lucinda Williams, The Mavericks and Bobby Bare.
The group will criss-cross the country, with shows in the south and midwest and internationally, including their first-ever Australia show at Byron Bay Bluesfest, which will also feature performances by Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell, Brian Wilson and Elle King.
Tour dates are:
Feb. 4-5 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Feb. 7-11 Miami, FL Outlaw Country Cruise
Feb. 12 Jacksonville, FL FL Theatre
Feb. 13 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Feb. 18 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
Feb. 19 Springfield, IL Boondocks
Feb. 20 Glasgow, KY Plaza Theatre
March 10 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
March 11 Richmond, VA The National
March 12 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
March 24 Sydney, Australia The Basement
March 25-28 Byron Bay, Australia Bluesfest
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Find a Light
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"Medicate My Mind," for instance, rocks to a likeable, gentle groove. »»»
Like An Arrow
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"The Good Life," for instance, doesn't align itself with many of the usual sonic elements of a country song, but its lyric - all about »»»
Holding All the Roses
With a new label backing them, Blackberry Smoke have distilled their sound to produce an album of songs that reflect the image that they have so carefully cultivated. When they were on Zac Brown's Southern Ground label, they released an exciting album full of country rock anthems that explored the depths of Southern Rock, mainstream rock, folk and even hints of soul music, much like the music of Brown himself. After a gap filler live release, they have returned with a collection of original tracks. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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