Friday, March 22, 2019
Blackberry Smoke | Feb 22 & 23
Ryman Auditorium
Fri, Feb 22 8:00 pm


Pigeonholing Blackberry Smoke has never been easy. Since emerging from Atlanta in the early '00s, the quintet—vocalist/lead guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson, bassist/vocalist Richard Turner, drummer Brit Turner, and keyboardist Brandon Still—has become known for a singular sound indebted to classic rock, blues, country, and folk.  This fluidity has paid off handsomely, in the form of two Billboard chart-topping country albums, 2015's Holding All The Roses and 2016's Like An Arrow. (For good measure, the latter also topped Billboard's Americana/Folk album chart.)  Find A Light, Blackberry Smoke's sixth studio album doubles down on diversity. Songs hew toward easygoing roots-rock ("Run Away From It All") and Southern rock stomps ("The Crooked Kind"), as well as stripped-down acoustic numbers ("I've Got This Song") and bruising alt-country ("Nobody Gives A Damn"). Rich instrumental flourishes—keening fiddle, solemn organ, and bar-band piano boogie—add further depth and resonance. February 22 & 23 at 8 pm.

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