Watch Now: Blackberry Smoke – Best Seat In The House

An acoustic video for Blackberry Smoke’s “Best Seat In The House” is premiering today. Watch/share HERE. The video was filmed at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville, TN and features band members Charlie Starr (vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards).
The song is from the band’s acclaimed new album, Find A Light, which debuted as the best-selling Country and Americana/Folk album in the country and entered at #3 on the BillboardTop Country Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard Americana/Folk Albums chart.
Recent critical praise for Find A Light…
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“Blackberry Smoke is part of a lineage that shares a love of Petty, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr., able to ride an Americana vibe or peel off a stomping riff and tie it all together without a hint of pretense.”
“Blackberry Smoke shines through the darkness on the album’s 13 cuts”

“…a self-produced set that runs a wide stylistic range from heavy rock to
gentle balladry and twangy country…”

“Blackberry Smoke have long been heirs to the road-warrior mantle established by their classic-rock and country heroes. And, with their sixth full-length album, Find A Light, the quintet has now firmly established an authentic legacy of their own.”

“Blackberry Smoke’s electrifying amalgam of country, blues, roots, soul and classic rock is garnering big audiences across a wide spectrum of genres. And what’s more, they’re doing it with a sound that boasts some of the most hot-shit, high-wire guitar shredding around.”

“There’s never a dull moment on Find A Light, and Blackberry Smoke has
delivered another album that wends its way deep into our flesh and bone, blistering
our souls and soothing our hearts.”

“…Blackberry Smoke are traditionalists through and through, carrying the flame for good old-fashioned American rock & roll…The result is a splendid little record that simultaneously feels brand new and like a lost gem.”

“They’re as constant as the North Star and as reliable as the Lone Ranger. Calmly, they survey the turmoil that surrounds us, stroke their beards for a moment, pick up their guitars and make another solid and reliable Blackberry Smoke album.”

“…reveals a band that sounds ever more like itself: proud torchbearers of
a Southern rock tradition, certainly, but a folk/rock/gospel/blues/country-driven original fivesome that can write both tender and party-ready, with at-times-unpredictable flavors.”

“Flourishes of fiddle, organ and piano add depth to the band’s time-
perfected rock ‘n’ roll sound, creating an album that is layered, diverse and fresh,
yet still unmistakably Blackberry Smoke.”
In celebration of the release, Blackberry Smoke will tour extensively throughout 2018 including a series of co-headlining dates with JJ Grey & Mofro as well as several shows with Lynyrd Skynyrd. See below for complete details.
Self-produced by the acclaimed 5-piece band, Find A Light is Blackberry Smoke’s sixth full-length album and features 13 new songs written/co-written by lead-singer and guitarist Charlie Starr. In addition to the band members, the album also features special guests Robert Randolph (“I’ll Keep Ramblin’”), Amanda Shires (“Let Me Down Easy”) and The Wood Brothers (“Mother Mountain”).
Of the album, Starr comments, “The new album is a melting pot of Blackberry Smoke music with a wide range of sound and emotion. I think it’s our most inspired work yet.”
The release of Find A Light culminates a series of breakthrough years for the Atlanta-based band following the release of 2016’s acclaimed album, Like An Arrow, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country and Americana charts. Released to widespread praise, the Boston Globe declared, “…the needle can be dropped on Like an Arrow until its grooves become as well-worn as the classic albums that inspired this band of country-rock workhorses,” whileAmerican Songwriter asserted, “…Blackberry Smoke fills the bill for the next generation of gutsy, heartfelt and honest Southeast rocking with plenty of talent, tons of drive and no apologies.” In August 2017, they made their debut on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
In addition to their work as musicians, Blackberry Smoke remains committed to charitable work and has raised nearly $200,000 benefiting children’s cancer research.
1. Flesh And Bone (written by Charlie Starr)
2. Run Away From It All (written by Charlie Starr, Keith Nelson)
3. The Crooked Kind (written by Charlie Starr)
4. Medicate My Mind (written by Charlie Starr, Travis Meadows)
5. I’ve Got This Song (written by Charlie Starr)
6. Best Seat In The House (written by Charlie Starr, Keith Nelson)
7. I’ll Keep Ramblin’ feat. Robert Randolph (written by Charlie Starr, Robert Randolph)
8. Seems So Far (written by Charlie Starr, Travis Meadows)
9. Lord Strike Me Dead (written by Charlie Starr)
10. Let Me Down Easy feat. Amanda Shires (written by Charlie Starr, Keith Nelson)
11. Nobody Gives A Damn (written by Charlie Starr, Keith Nelson)
12. Till The Wheels Fall Off (written by Charlie Starr)
13. Mother Mountain feat. The Wood Bros (written by Charlie Starr)
May 25—Mountain View, CA—Shoreline Amphitheater*
May 26—San Bernardino, CA—Glen Helen Amphitheater*
June 9—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheater†
June 15—Portsmouth, VA—Union Bank & Trust Pavilion Waterfront Plaza‡
June 16—Charlottesville, VA—Sprint Pavilion‡
June 21—Jacksonville, NC—The Tarheel‡
June 22—Asheville, NC— Arena‡
June 23—Macon, GA—Big House Summer Jam
June 30—Holmfirth, England—Picturedome
July 1—Maidstone, U.K. —Ramblin’ Man Fair
July 13-14—Maryville, TN—The Shed
July 20—Baldwinsville, NY—Bud Light Amphitheater at Paper Mill Island
July 21—Scranton, PA—Peach Festival
July 26—Frankenmuth, MI—Harvey Kern Pavilion
July 27—Cuyahoga Falls, OH—Blossom Music Center*
July 28—Hershey, PA—Hershey Stadium*
August 4—Saint Charles, IA—Hinterland Festival
August 5—Sturgis, SD—Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
August 7—Milwaukee, WI—The Pabst Theater‡
August 9—Chicago, IL—Gallagher Way
August 10—Huber Heights, OH—Rose Music Center at the Heights‡
August 11—Cincinnati, OH—PNC Pavilion at Riverbend‡
August 12—Indianapolis, IN—Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn @ White River State Park‡
August 14—Apple Valley, MN—Weesner Family Amphitheatre‡
August 16—Oshkosh, WI—Waterfest Concert Series @ Leach Amphitheater
August 17—Peoria, IL—Peoria Riverfront
August 18—Chesterfield, MO—Chesterfield Central Park Amphitheatre‡
August 23—Toledo, OH—Hensville Park
August 25—Du Quoin, IL—Du Quoin State Fair
August 30—Montgomery, AL—Montgomery Performing Arts Center
August 31—Pelham, AL—Oak Mountain Amphitheatre*
September 1—Atlanta, GA—Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood*
September 11—Ridgefield, CT—The Ridgefield Playhouse
September 13—Concord, NH—Capitol Center For The Arts-Chubb Theatre
September 15—Fredericton, Canada—Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
September 16—Webster, MA—Indian Ranch Amphitheatre
September 23—Louisville, KY—Bourbon & Beyond Festival
October 5—West Helena, AR—King Biscuit Blues Festival
October 12—Frankfurt, Germany—Batschkapp
October 13—Bonn, Germany—Harmonie Club
October 14—Basel, Switzerland—Z7 Pratteln
October 16—Zurich, Switzerland—Kaufleuten
October 17—Munich, Germany—Tonhalle
October 18—Milan, Italy—Alcatraz
October 20—Berlin, Germany—Huxleys
October 21—Hannover, Germany—Capitol
October 23—Stockholm, Sweden—Cirkus
October 24—Gothenburg, Sweden—Pustervik
October 25—Oslo, Norway—Sentrum Scene
October 27—Weert, Netherlands—Bosuil
October 28—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Melkweg
October 29—Brussels, Belgium—Ancienne Belgique
October 31—Paris, France—Le Caberet Sauvage
November 2—Newcastle, U.K.—02 Academy
November 3—Glasgow, U.K.—02 Academy
November 4—Nottingham, U.K.—Rock City
November 6—Belfast, Ireland—The Telegraph Building
November 7—Dublin, Ireland—National Stadium
November 9—Cardiff, U.K.—Tramshed
November 10—Birmingham, U.K.—02 Academy
November 11—Bristol, U.K.—02 Academy
November 13—Southampton, U.K.—Guildhall
November 15—London, U.K.—02 Shepherds Bush Empire
November 16—London, U.K.—02 Shepherds Bush Empire
November 17—Manchester, U.K.—02 Apollo
December 7—Port Chester, NY—The Capitol Theatre
December 8—Clifton Park, NY—Upstate Concert Hall
January 6-12—Tampa, FL—2019 Southern Rock Cruise
*with Lynyrd Skynyrd
†with Big Head Todd & The Monsters
‡co-headline with JJ Grey & Mofro

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