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.
“That’s one of my favorite things about Blackberry Smoke albums-there’s a lot of variety,” Starr says. “My favorite albums through the years are built that way, too. I love a record that keeps you guessing. I love the fact that our records are sort of a ride, with different types of songs and different vibes.”
What is the Orange Peel Events Outdoor Summer Stage?
This Summer, Orange Peel Events (the Orange Peel’s outdoor show sister company) is excited to bring concerts to Downtown Asheville, at an urban pop-up stage! The concert on July 13th will be located on the property behind 45 South French Broad, where OPE will build an awesome stage, and set up a concert site in the heart of Downtown Asheville – complete with beer tents and food trucks, and an amazing summer night of music! Parking will be available downtown in the City of Asheville’s and Buncombe County’s public garages, and metered spots are also free after 6pm. Click here for a complete inventory of downtown parking, with many garages in close walking distance. Limited preferred parking package spaces will be available adjacent to the concert site, for purchase on our website in the coming days.
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