Blackberry Smoke plans to Break It Down acoustically
Monday, January 7, 2019
– Blackberry Smoke will perform a series of stripped down shows this spring as part of its "Break It Down Tour," the band's first-ever acoustic tour.
Tickets for the performances, which include stops in Lexington, Ky., Kalamazoo, Mich., Ithaca, N.Y. and New York - go on-sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time.
The band will tour extensively throughout 2019 including a national headline tour-with upcoming performances in Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, Seattle Nashville, TN and more - plus shows in South America and several dates with Tedeschi Trucks Band this summer as part of their "Wheels of Soul Tour."
The shows come on the heels of the release of Blackberry Smoke's new acoustic EP, "The Southern Ground Session." Created as a companion to the band's latest full-length album, "Find A Light," the EP was recorded at Southern Ground studio in Nashville and features stripped-down versions of five album tracks as well as a rendition of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" featuring Amanda Shires.
Blackberry Smoke is Charlie Starr (vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals) and Brandon Still (keyboards). Since their debut in 2004, the band has independently released six full-length records.
Tour dates are:
Jan. 24-Oxford, MS-The Lyric Oxford*
Jan. 25-Dallas, TX-Canton Hall*
Jan. 26-Houston, TX-White Oak Music Hall*
Jan. 27-Austin, TX-Emo's*
Jan. 29-Tucson, AZ-Rialto Theatre*
Jan. 30-Tempe, AZ-Marquee Theatre*
Feb. 1-Anaheim, CA-House of Blues*
Feb. 2-Napa, CA-Uptown Theatre*
Feb. 4-5-Solana Beach, CA-Belly Up*
Feb. 6-Los Angeles, CA-The Fonda Theatre!
Feb. 7-San Francisco, CA-The Regency Ballroom!
Feb. 9-Jackson, CA-Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel $$
Feb. 10-Redding, CA-Redding Civic Auditorium==
Feb. 12-Seattle, WA-The Showbox==
Feb. 13-Portland, OR-Revolution Hall==
Feb. 14-Spokane, WA-Bing Crosby Theater==
Feb. 16-Deadwood, SD-Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino^
Feb. 18-Wichita, KS-Cotillion Ballroom*
Feb. 19-Oklahoma City, OK-Diamond Ballroom*
Feb. 21-New Orleans, LA-The Fillmore*
Feb. 22-Nashville, TN-Ryman Auditorium*
Feb. 23-Nashville, TN-Ryman Auditorium#
March 14-15-Lexington, KY-Opera House+
March 16-Kalamazoo, MI-State Theatre+
March 17-Kent, OH-The Kent Stage+
March 19-Wabash, IN-Honeywell Center**
March 21-Bloomington, IL-The Castle Theatre!!
March 22-Waukegan, IL-Genesee Theatre**
March 23-Medina, MN-Medina Entertainment Center!!
March 24-Rockford, IL-Coronado Theatre+
March 26-Evansville, IN-Victory Theatre+
March 28-30-Rocky Mount, VA-Harvester Performance Center!!
April 1-Englewood, NJ-Bergen Performing Arts Center!!
April 4-Ithaca, NY-State Theatre!!
April 5-Easton, PA-State Theatre for the Arts!!
April 6-7-New York, NY-City Winery!!
May 5-Bogota, Colombia-Movistar Arena $$
May 7-Lima, Peru-Explanada Costa Verde $$
May 9 -Curitiba, Brazil-Opera De Arame
May 11-Sao Paulo, Brazil-Tropical Butanta
May 17-18-Maryville, TN-The Shed (Brothers & Sisters Reunion)
May 30-June 1-La Cygne, KS-Tumbleweed Fest
June 5-Stockholm, Sweden-Tele2 Arena))
June 6-Solvesborg, Sweden-Sweden Rock Festival
June 7-Esbjerg, Denmark-Tobakken
June 8-Raalte, Netherlands-Ribs & Blues Festival
June 10-Alkmaar, Netherlands-Victory
June 12-Belfast, UK-Belsonic in Ormeau Park
June 14-16-Castle Donington, UK-Download Festival
June 17-Erfurt, Germany-Messehalle##
June 18-Berlin, Germany-Max Schmelinghalle##
June 19-Frankfurt, Germany-Festhalle##
June 21-Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain-Azkena Rock Festival
June 23-Clisson, France-Hellfest
June 28-Jacksonville, FL-Daily's Place Amphitheater++
June 29-Boca Raton, FL-Mizner Park Amphitheater++
June 30-St. Petersburg, FL-Al Lang Stadium++
July 3-Orange Beach, AL-The Warf Amphitheater++
July 5-Charleston, SC-Volvo Car Stadium++
July 6-Simpsonville, SC-Heritage Park Amphitheater++
July 7-Charlotte, NC-PNC Music Pavilion++
July 9-Raleigh, NC-Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek++
July 13-Gilford, NH-Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion++
July 14-Saratoga Springs, NY-Saratoga Performing Arts Center++
July 16-Canandaigua, NY-Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center++
July 19-Cincinnati, OH-PNC Pavilion++
July 20-Huber Heights, OH-Rose Music Center at The Heights++
July 23-Rochester Mills, MI-Meadow Brook Amphitheatre++
July 24-Indianapolis, IN-Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park++
July 26-27-Morrison, CO-Red Rocks Amphitheatre++
July 30-St. Louis, MO-The Fox Theatre++
July 31-Brandon, MS-Brandon Amphitheater++
Aug. 2-3-Atlanta, GA-The Fox Theatre++
* with Chris Shiflett
! with Nikki Lane
^ with An Evening With
==with Quaker City Night Hawks
# with Will Hoge
+ as part of the acoustic "Break It Down Tour" with special guest Ida Mae
** as part of the acoustic "Break It Down Tour" with special guest Amanda Shires
!! as part of the acoustic "Break It Down Tour"
$$ supporting Slash
)) supporting Bon Jovi
## supporting Lynyrd Skynyrd
++ with Tedeschi Trucks Band and Shovels & Rope
More news for Blackberry Smoke
CD reviews for Blackberry Smoke
The Southern Ground Sessions
Blackberry Smoke's "The Southern Ground Sessions" EP is five versions of songs from the band's recent "Find a Light" album, along with a cover of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky," which also features vocalist/violinist Amanda Shires. The project takes its name from the Southern Ground studio in Nashville, and this band, which can ramp up its music to Southern rock power - especially in concert - takes a few moments to quiet things down. »»»
Find a Light
Blackberry Smoke will never fit the mold of a mainstream country act the way, say, Midland has done. They love to rock way too much to ever tamp it down permanently. And the aptly named "The Crooked Kind" follows a rollicking, rock & roll path that feels like just the right road. With that said, though, there are moments during "Find A Light" where Blackberry Smoke softens the sonic nicely and naturally.
"Medicate My Mind," for instance, rocks to a likeable, gentle groove. »»»
Like An Arrow
Blackberry Smoke may never fit into any country music traditionalist's definition of true country music. The guitars are too loud and the there's far more boogie than twang in the act's sound. Nevertheless, this act fits squarely into the description of fine Southern rock. "Like an Arrow" hits all the right stylistic marks.
"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 »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Guthrie brings welcome vibe of sweetness
Before launching into "This Land is Your Land," Arlo Guthrie recalled how his father taught him this song when he was just eight or nine. His father, however, wasn't just any father, but the father of protest folk music, Woody Guthrie. Then when Arlo's daughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie, took the stage midway through the first half of the... »»»
Concert Review: McConnell, fortunately, comes home
Sean McConnell may have left Massachusetts a good 25 years ago, but there was no doubt about what this night meant to him. This was a homecoming for the Nashville-based singer/songwriter. His parents, who moved back to the Bay State from Georgia, other family and folks he said he hadn't seen since he moved, were in the house of the small club.... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
The Long Ryders have come a long way since they were initially associated with other Los Angeles relatively retro acts collected under the Paisley Underground umbrella. Even back during the mid to late '80s,... »»»
Suffice it to say that the past has always loomed large throughout Chip Taylor's career. That's all the more obvious if only for the fact that Taylor wrote some of the biggest pop hits of the '60s, "Wild Thing"... »»»
Dan Tyminski (known simply as "Tyminski" on his 2017 release "Southern Gothic") has traditional music roots and unassailable bluegrass street cred especially given his membership in Alison Krauss' Union Station. He is also a powerful songwriter and has been writing songs for himself and others for years now.... »»»
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have powerhouse individual talents; each has followed an estimable career path to where they find themselves today: making complex, but spare, records, writing music together and touring with their son Juno. Their new release, "Echoes In The Valley" features mostly songs written by Fleck and Washburn, banjos, Washburn's strong vocals and very little else.... »»»
Legends don't come any more legendary than Chris Hillman. The roll call of bands that comprises Hillman's half century in music reads like a wing exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther Hillman Furay Band, the Desert Rose Band,... »»»
William Shakespeare noted a few centuries back that a rose by any other
name would be equally aromatic, and that general idea has musical
implications as well. The Cadillac Three knows a thing or two about maintaining
a sonic identity after a name change;... »»»
Those aware of the late Owsley "Bear" Stanley likely know him for one of two reasons - his pioneering work manufacturing lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in San Francisco during the mid-to-late 1960s and his role as an innovative sound engineer. Most notably, Bear worked...... »»»
Maren Morris, who had a huge pop hit with "The Middle," is never going to be anybody's ideal traditional country singer. Although, thankfully, there isn't anything that mind-numbingly beat-driven on her "GIRL" album, »»»
As a genre, Americana has become a massive umbrella, and yet, the actual definition remains elusive at best. Still, for those that relate to its former manifestation as "roots rock" or "country crossover," the Vandoliers come remarkably close to identifying with a definitive sound. »»»
Call Me Lucky
2018 was a transitional year for Dale Watson. For decades, Watson has been both a pillar of the Austin music scene and one of Texas's most visible and passionate musical ambassadors. Given his Lone Star State roots, »»»
American Love Song
It seems like Ryan Bingham has only fallen up over the course of his 15-year career. A roommate's brother turned out to be a hobbyist drummer and became the foundation for Bingham's band, the Dead Horses. »»»
It's Kalyn Fay's weary, gentle, and oft-ethereal voice that's so totally captivating on her second release, "Good Company." She's a Cherokee singer-songwriter exploring her unique relationship to her home state. She writes about its values, the people, the land and the dichotomy of its presence and the distance she needs to keep from it, given her ancestry.
There's no doubt that Amy McCarley has one of the more interesting singer-songwriter backgrounds. Her third album is NASA's acronym for Main Engine Cut Off, serving here as a metaphor for McCarley leaving the world of NASA »»»