Blackberry Smoke: Southern Rock Will Rise Again

Is it just me or does the front and center guy in the cover photo look just like Phil Hartman with a fake beard?

Interesting.  Which one is Andy Kaufman?

No, it's not just you -- he does! That would be drummer Brit Turner. Funny thing is, he'd probably agree with you and laugh about it.

 Jim, when did Southern Rock ever go away that it has to " rise again " with Blackberry Smoke ?

Leo, the crux of the article deals with Blackberry Smoke's contribtion to the evolution of Southern rock music, and their own evolution as a band. They are one of the tighest bands I've heard in a long while, and from what Charlie told me they are all very close and have an honest passion for their music and the fans who attend their shows and buy their albums.

If the choice of the title had been up to me, it would have been Blackberry Smoke: The Reconstruction of Southern Rock.

Thanks for reading.

 I guess " evolution " in this instance is like beauty. It's all in the eye, or ear of the beholder. But thanks for the quick reply and good luck with all.

Leo, with all due my opinion, southern rock as a genre,  hit a wall in the early 80s. 

While 38 Special was charting with Hold On Loosely in 1980 and Caught Up In You in 1982, every other major southern rock band, for various reasons, was  fading from the popularity they enjoyed in the 70s. After 1982, even 38 Special started to fade. Sure, some of those bands continued to record albums and maintained their loyal fan bases, but the southern rock heyday....all of those killer albums and shows of the 70s....were a thing of the past by 1985. I think the deaths of so many important and talented musicians really hurt southern rock to a point it never recovered from.

While Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker and a couple others are still touring, new southern rock bands are hard to come by. With the exception of Skinny Molly and Blackberry Smoke, most new southern rock bands wallow in obscurity on indie labels.

Like I said in my comment about the my opinion, Blackbery Smoke is the best thing to happen to southern rock since 1980, when survivors of the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash formed the Rossington-Collins Band.

Anyway....this is all just my opinion. Thanks and have a good day.



Jim Simpson: Thank you for the excellent piece on  Blackberry Smoke. This is the most detailed and informational review of BBS that I have read so far. Most of the reviews of Holding All The Roses that I have read, while complimentary, have lacked the information that you included here.

I enjoyed your introduction to the roots of southern rock, the history of BBS,  the detailed chronology of BBS albums, the details on the musical influences of Charlie Starr and your own assessment on how BBS is the product of 50 years of southern rock evolution and their own influences.

In my opinion, Blackberry Smoke is the best thing to happen to southern rock since Gary Rossington and Allen Collins formed the Rossington-Collins Band out of the wreckage of the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in 1980. However, I have to admit, after the killer offering of The Whippoorwil, I was a little disappointed with Holding All The Roses. I like the album, but I dont love it, as it  sounds just a little too country to me. 

In any event, thanks again for the great read. Its obvious that you really dig BBS and it showed in your article. Good work!