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Building on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Southern rock template, with a good dose of outlaw honky tonk country and a little bit of bluegrass, gospel, and R&B mixed in, Blackberry Smoke (singer/guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist/singer Paul Jackson, bassist/singer Richard Turner, keyboardist Brandon Still, and drummer Brit Turner) formed in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2000 and quickly built a loyal fan base on the Southern tour circuit, opening for top-tier acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, and others. The group released a debut album, Bad Luck Ain't No Crime, in 2004 on Cock of the Walk Records, then followed it with the self-released EP New Honky Tonk Bootlegs in 2008. A second EP, Little Piece of Dixie, appeared from Big Karma Records that same year. A full-length album, this one also called Little Piece of Dixie, was released in 2009 by BamaJam Records. The band then signed with Zac Brown's Southern Ground Records, which released The Whippoorwill in 2012. The Whippoorwill was picked up by Earache, who formally signed the band in 2013. A deluxe audio and video live package entitled Leave a Scar: Live North Carolina was issued in the summer of 2014.
Blackberry Smoke is an American Southern rock/country rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The lineup consists of Charlie Starr (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Richard Turner (Bass, Vocals), Brit Turner (Drums), Paul Jackson (Guitar, Vocals), and Brandon Still (Keyboards).
They have performed throughout the United States as both headliner and as the supporting act for artists such as Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, ZZ Top & Lynyrd Skynyrd. On August 26, 2012, they performed at a charity benefit called the Boot Ride with the cast of Sons of Anarchy, partnered with The Boot Campaign at the Happy Ending Bar and Grill in Hollywood, California. They performed 20+ dates with Zac Brown Band nationwide in the summer of 2011. Their album Little Piece of Dixie has been featured by Paste magazine and other publications.
The band was formerly signed to Zac Brown's record label Southern Ground. On November 5, 2014, the band announced that it had left Southern Ground and signed with Rounder Records."Boot Ride — Get Your Tickets NOW!". Bootride.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09. "Zac Brown Band :: The Official Zac Brown Band Website featuring the latest tour dates". Zacbrownband.com. Retrieved 13 February 2015. "Blackberry Smoke - The Whippoorwill (2012) - Something Else!". Something Else!. Retrieved 13 February 2015. "Blackberry Smoke - Little Piece of Dixie :: Blogs :: Andy Whitman on Music :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2013-01-09. Phillips, Fred. "Blackberry Smoke – The Whippoorwill (2012)". Somethingelsereviews.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09. "Zac Brown Launches Southern Ground Artists Label « Southern Ground". Southerngroundrecords.com. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2013-01-09. "Blackberry Smoke Leave Zac Brown's Label, Ink Rounder Deal for New Album". blackberrysmoke.com. 2014-11-06. Retrieved 2014-11-12.