show posterBlackberry Smoke Setlist
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With veteran southern rock bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Molly Hatchet losing original members, the Robinson brothers’ saying The Black Crowes are over, and the Allman Brothers calling it a day, the echelon of bands sitting on the southern rock table has some openings—enter: Blackberry Smoke.
The Atlanta band, active for fifteen years, has been slowly building an audience and with its latest album, Holding All the Roses (Rounder Records), has truly hit the big time, surprising everyone when it hit not only #7 on the Billboard Rock chart but #1 on the Billboard Country chart last week.
Ben Miller Band
After opening for ZZ Top in 2013, the band returned with New West Records release, Any Way, Shape or Form last year. Set highlight was probably the ending medley which featured a sped-up mix of BMB originals and standards like Ram Jam’s ‘Black Betty’, all whirled about in a hootenanny hoedown.
There’s space at the table of classic-sounding British blues rock as well.
The Temperance Movement
Temperance Movement: Phil Campbell
‘Pride’, done midway into their 40 min. set, is a slow building romp and the title track of their initial EP. Last song, ’Take It Back’, started casually like ZZ Top’s ‘La Grange’ with Campbell wailing on harmonica and repeating the line, “it’s all gone, but it’s all right now” before drums and bass kicked it, with guitars following, for a restlessly ideal finish.
The band clearly won over the mostly unaware-of-them-previously audience who supported everything about them except the origin of their name - a social movement urging us to moderate our alcoholic consumption- as most held drinks and beers high as they left the stage.
The ‘Smoke has definitely been rising. Since leaving Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Records last year, expectations were high for their new record, and as the chart positions show, they delivered. The full crowd that was present for Blackberry Smoke’s 100 min. set was a good cross section of their fan base- motorcyle riders, country types, older classic rock fans, college students, and others.
Blackberry Smoke: Charlie Starr
Starr and Jackson’s guitars alongside the Turner’s rhythm section provided a wall of deep-fried sound, while Still’s keyboards were mostly in the background, putting the seasoning on each of the tracks. “Everybody feeling loose now?” Starr asked before slowing it down for ‘Sleeping Dogs’, from previous album, The Whippoorwill, which melded into a pitch-perfect refrain of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Your Time is Gonna Come’. A verse from the 1929 blues classic ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’ led seamlessly into their own ‘Sanctified Woman’.
Setlist: Live Long and Prosper
‘Leave a Scar’ the title of the band’s recent live double album, seemed an appropriate end to the main set; then after a break, they re-emerged with an unexpected cover of ‘California Man’, a 1971 song by The Move, featuring co-lead vocals by ELO’s Jeff Lynne on the original. The Allman-esque ‘Who Invented the Wheel’ followed, and the band wrapped with ‘Ain’t Much Left of Me’ which after 100+ min, is maybe what they were feeling, being spent after giving so much.
Southern Blues Rock has a band on a new level, as evidenced this night, and maybe UK blues rock has its newest shining star as well—places at the table have been assigned.
Blackberry Smoke at First Avenue, Minneapolis (27 Feb 2015)