Blackberry Smoke tours in '16
Thursday, December 24, 2015
– Blackberry Smoke announced its winter tour schedule, fresh off a big 2015 for the band, which includes a trip Down Under for the first time.
The band released its forth studio album, "Holding All The Roses," and toured heavily throughout the year.
Blackberry Smoke has a headliner spot on the maiden voyage of The Outlaw Country Cruise, which features performances by Blackberry Smoke, Lucinda Williams, The Mavericks and Bobby Bare.
The group will criss-cross the country, with shows in the south and midwest and internationally, including their first-ever Australia show at Byron Bay Bluesfest, which will also feature performances by Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell, Brian Wilson and Elle King.
Tour dates are:
Feb. 4-5 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Feb. 7-11 Miami, FL Outlaw Country Cruise
Feb. 12 Jacksonville, FL FL Theatre
Feb. 13 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Feb. 18 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
Feb. 19 Springfield, IL Boondocks
Feb. 20 Glasgow, KY Plaza Theatre
March 10 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
March 11 Richmond, VA The National
March 12 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
March 24 Sydney, Australia The Basement
March 25-28 Byron Bay, Australia Bluesfest
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"Medicate My Mind," for instance, rocks to a likeable, gentle groove. »»»
Like An Arrow
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