Blackberry Smoke

“Good One Comin’ On”

BamaJam/Nine North

With influences that run the gamut from country to bluegrass to metal to gospel and southern rock, Blackberry Smoke is more than the sum of its diverse parts. The band’s current single “Good One Comin’ On” is already making an impact at country radio.

“None of us have ever said, ‘Let’s be a southern rock band or a bluegrass band or a country band’,” explains frontman Charlie Starr. “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.”

The group, comprised of Starr, sibling rhythm section Richard and Brit Turner (bass and drums, respectively) and guitarist Paul Jackson, formed in 2000 and quickly established itself as a hard-working touring outfit on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. The band has shared the stage with artists such as ZZ Top, Montgomery Gentry, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker Band and Cross Canadian Ragweed.

Acclaimed producer Dann Huff (Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts) and Justin Niebank were tapped to produce the band’s second album Little Piece of Dixie, which is available now. The album contains songs written by the band as well as some of Nashville’s finest, including Lee Roy Parnell, David Lee Murphy, Gary Nicholson, Craig Wiseman, Randy Houser and Rob Hatch.

At the end of the day, Blackberry Smoke just wants to do what it has done for the last decade. “There ain’t nothing more fulfilling than making music people like,” says Paul. “The only way for us to promote our records was to tour year-round, 150 dates a year.”

“Performing is never a waste of time, even if there’s 20 people and the bartender there,” agrees Charlie.

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