Blackberry Smoke is one of the biggest Southern rock bands in the world, thanks to their rhinestones-meets-rock-and-R&B signature sound. From scuzzy guitar-led swagger to quieter unplugged moments, the band's sound is influenced by everyone from Tom Petty to the Allmann Brothers.
Lead guitarist and singer Charlie Starr started out playing Motorhead and AC/DC covers in the bars around Atlanta. That muscular, raw rock sound underpins the nostalgia-led country rock sound on Blackberry Smoke’s eight albums, including their 2004 debut Bad Luck Aint No Crime. The band officially came together in 2000 around Charlie Starr on vocal and guitar, with guitarist Paul Jackson, bassist Richard Turner and drummer Brit Turner.
2012's The Whipporwhill perfectly showcased their authentic and crunchy Southern rock sound. Released on Zac Brown's Southern Ground label, it led to a full-on video and audio spectacular. Soon, Blackberry Smoke signed with Rounder and recorded Holding All the Rosesduring a brief hiatus from touring. Released in 2015, the album debuted at number one on the country chart, the first time a band on an independent label achieved the feat. In 2016, they followed up with Like An Arrow and went back out on the road.