At this year’s MATS, CDLLife had the opportunity to interview the boys from the southern rock/country band Blackberry Smoke. But the group says they can’t be pigeonholed into one musical genre.
The group says their musical inspiration came from some of the greatest bands of all time. The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin would make records with great rockin’ songs and also some honky tonk country and blues, explains Charlie. As such, diversity is important to Blackberry Smoke. It makes it more enjoyable for the listener than staying in a little narrow hallway, Brit says. And for the players, too.
None of us have ever said, ˜Let’s be a southern rock band or a bluegrass band or a country band’, Blackberry Smoke front man Charlie Starr explains. We all love the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Stones and the Faces and Hank Williams and Bill Monroe. It’s not about what kind of music it is, as long as it’s good and it’s honest. When we get together it just sounds the way it does.
In 2011, signed with the Zac Brown Band Label and has shared the stage with ZZ Top, Montgomery Genry, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker Band and Cross Canadian Ragweed.
In 2012, the band released their 2nd album, produced by well-known producer Dann Huff, who has produced albums for Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts.
“We were excited because we knew what a great musician Dann is, says Charlie. He said, ˜I love what you guys do and it’ll be great when we go into the studio that I don’t have to bring in studio musicians to play on it.
Also look for the release of a Live album in 2012.
RICHARD TURNER “ BASS/VOCALS
CHARLIE STARR “ GUITAR/VOCALS
BRANDON STILL “ KEYS
BRIT TURNER “ DRUMS
PAUL JACKSON “ GUITAR/VOCALS
Check out our exclusive interview with Blackberry Smoke: