Currently touring the Midwest with Drake White on the Ones To Watch Tour and in support of their upcoming country radio single, “Pretty Little Lie” (going for adds January 28th), Blackberry Smoke is in Minneapolis today to bring their southern-bred rock n’ roll to a fresh audience, with their debut headlining show at the U of M campus’ Varsity Theater.
Earlier, Smoke’s Charlie Starr, Paul Jackson, Richard Turner, Brandon Still and Brit Turner performed an acoustic set at K102 (102.1 FM). There was no finer way to christen the station’s (KEEY St. Paul/Minneapolis) revamped “Roadhouse” studio and test out the dynamic acoustics than with the rich, gritty grooves of Blackberry Smoke.
What makes Blackberry Smoke so different from all of the other artists strutting their stuff for radio is that they’ve spent years on the road paying their dues, honing their craft. That’s something you can’t learn in a Music Row conference room. You can see it in the way they play and in the words they write. These are brothers that have lived life and made music together for years, and the sound they produce is unlike anything else competing for airplay on today’s country radio. Music fans aren’t stupid. It’s time to stop insulting our intelligence with songs about trucks and tractors, and give the people some substance. Music about small town life is there, but it’s honest (“One Horse Town”). Real life isn’t glamorous, and music shouldn’t be, either. Substance. Blackberry Smoke has got all of that, and more.
Get “The Whippoorwill” into your hands if you don’t already, and get your booty to the Varsity tonight. Their new record is one of my favorites of 2012, and their live show will take you away from the world for a while. We all need that sometimes.
Set list: Pretty Little Lie / Everybody Knows She’s Mine / One Horse Town / Ain’t Got The Blues
Blackberry Smoke, with Drake White
Doors 7 / Music 8
“The Whippoorwill” now available on iTunes/Amazon/in storeshttp://www.IndependentSky.com/store