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Blackberry Smoke, The Wild Feathers
Riverfront Live, Cincinnati, OH
5pm doors, 7pm show, Buy Tickets
Blackberry Smoke will perform three special livestream concerts this fall as part of their “Pandemic Jam” series via Mandolin. Each show will take place at 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT and be broadcast from a different location in either Nashville or Atlanta. The first performance will be from Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, September 23, followed by Atlanta’s West End Sound on Friday, October 30 and Atlanta’s The Tabernacle on Saturday, November 28. The final performance will serve as Blackberry Smoke’s eighth annual “Brothers and Sisters Holiday Homecoming” show.
Tickets for all three performances are on-sale now with a number of purchase options including various merchandise and virtual meet & greet packages. Full details can be found here.
In celebration of the new shows, the official music video for “Run Away From It All,” a track from the band’s acclaimed 2018 album, Find A Light, is debuting today. The video was directed by Andy Sapp, who conceived of the idea at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and captured the majority of the footage while on a motorcycle trip across the country. The video will also make its broadcast debut on CMT later this month.
Earlier this summer, Blackberry Smoke also released a special new EP, Live From Capricorn Sound Studios, with a portion of all proceeds going to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund (stream/purchase here). Recorded at Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, GA, the project consists of six new versions of songs that have special ties to the historic studio and was created in conjunction with the band’s anticipated “Spirit of the South Tour: A Celebration of Southern Rock and Roll Music.” Songs featured on the project include The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Take The Highway” with special guest Marcus Henderson on the flute, The Allman Brothers Band’s “Midnight Rider” and “Revival,” Little Richard’s “Southern Child” and Wet Willie’s “Keep On Smiling” and “Grits Ain’t Groceries,” both featuring special guest vocals from Jimmy Hall—a member of Wet Willie during Capricorn’s peak years, who returned to the studio to record these tracks.
Produced by Blackberry Smoke, the EP marks two significant moments in Capricorn Sound Studios’ history as it was the first time a major band has done a professional recording at the studio in over 40 years and was also recorded using entirely solar energy. Of the release, American Songwriter praises, “a consistently fun listen…electrifying, bringing a little bit of Capricorn’s roots to the present.”
In support of the EP, the band will embark on their extensive “Spirit of the South Tour: A Celebration of Southern Rock and Roll Music” next summer, which will feature special guests The Allman Betts Band, The Wild Feathers and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, Jaimoe. Created in celebration of the various roots and influences within Southern music, every show will conclude with a unique collaborative finale, which will feature Blackberry Smoke, The Allman Betts Band, The Wild Feathers, Jaimoe and additional surprise guests showcasing the inspirations of Rock, Blues, Gospel and Soul music.
Additionally, for the first time ever, Blackberry Smoke is partnering with The Allman Brothers Band Museum At The Big House—located in Macon, GA—to bring the band’s storied history on the road with a new mobile set up. The museum will feature never-before-seen archival items including original hand-written lyrics, awards, rare family photographs, iconic pieces of clothing and jewelry, one-of-a-kind instruments played by the band and more. Jaimoe will also be onsite at the museum and available for meet and greet opportunities at each stop. All “Spirit Of The South Tour” ticket holders will be granted free access to the museum with $1 of each ticket donated to The Allman Brothers Museum at the Big House to help preserve its history and heritage. See below for complete tour itinerary.
Adding to a series of landmark years, Blackberry Smoke recently returned to the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb to record their next album, which will include a collaboration with Jamey Johnson. The new music follows the release of their latest full-length album, Find A Light, which debuted as the best-selling Country and Americana/Folk album in the country, entered at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard Americana/Folk Albums chart in 2018. Of the album, NPR Music praises, “pushes the envelope while providing that famous Blackberry Smoke autonomy, delivered with soulful vocals, haunting harmonies and kick ass songs.” After the release of Find A Light, Blackberry Smoke shared two additional projects—a live album and concert film, Homecoming: Live In Atlanta (stream/purchase here)—which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Album Sales chart—and a 6-song acoustic EP, The Southern Ground Sessions (stream/purchase here).
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 and has toured relentlessly, building a strong and loyal community of fans. In addition to their work as musicians, Blackberry Smoke remains committed to charitable work and has raised nearly $500,000 benefiting children’s cancer research.