Blackberry Smoke offers "Best Seat In The House"
Friday, February 16, 2018
– Blackberry Smoke premiered a new song "Best Seat In The House"
from its forthcoming disc "Find a Light."
Lead singer Charlie Starr said, "That song is sort of a sarcastic complaint...we all want what we ain't got. It's not enough to get in, people want front row..."
"Find A Light" drops April 6 on Thirty Tigers. The lead track is "Flesh And Bone."
The Georgia-based band also is launching a tour with some dates opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Self-produced by the quintet, "Find a Light" is Blackberry Smoke's sixth full-length studio album and features 13 new songs written/co-written by lead-singer and guitarist Starr. In addition to Starr and band-members Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards), the album also features special guests Robert Randolph ("I'll Keep Ramblin'"), Amanda Shires ("Let Me Down Easy") and The Wood Brothers ("Mother Mountain").
"The new album is a melting pot of Blackberry Smoke music with a wide range of sound and emotion," Starr said. "I think it's our most inspired work yet."
The group's 2016 album, "Like An Arrow," debuted atop Billboard's Country and Americana charts.
The track list for the CD is:
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' featuring 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 featuring 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 featuring The Wood Bros (written by Charlie Starr)
Tour dates are:
Feb. 16-17 - Glasgow, KY - Plaza Theatre*
Feb. 22 - Augusta, GA - The Bell Auditorium*
Feb. 23 - Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theatre*
Feb. 24 - Rocky Mount, VA - Harvester Performance Center* (SOLD-OUT)
Feb. 25 - Rocky Mount, VA-`7 - Harvester Performance Center*
March 1 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre **
March 2 - Punta Gorda, FL - Funk Fest
March 3 - Orlando, FL - Church Street Station Block Party
March 7 - Nashville, TN - Volunteer Jam
March 8 - Traverse City, MI - Ground Zero Showroom $
March 9 - Elkhart, IN - Lerner Theatre $
March 10 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore Detroit $
March 16 - Solidaridad, Mexico - Zac Brown Band's Castaway with Southern Ground - Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
March 22 - Brandon, MS - City Hall Live $
March 23 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre $ (SOLD-OUT)
March 24 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre $
April 11 - Greensboro, NC - Cone Denim Entertainment Center
April 12 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
April 13 - North Myrtle Beach, NC - House of Blues
April 14 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall
April 20 - Clear Lake, IA - Surf Ballroom $
April 21 - Salina, KS - The Stifle Theatre $
April 22 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
April 27 - Springfield, MO - Gillioz Theatre
April 28 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion
May 3 - Portland, ME - Aura $
May 4 - Providence, RI - The Strand $
May 5 - Boston, MA - House of Blues $
May 6 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion &
May 10 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz $
May 11 - Ashbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony $
May 17 - Westbury, NY - The Space at Westbury $
May 18 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre $
May 19 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
May 25 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater#
May 26 - San Bernardino, CA - Glen Helen Amphitheater#
July 1 - Maidstone, U.K. - Ramblin' Man Fair
July 13-14 - Maryville, TN - The Shed
July 19 - Scranton, PA - Peach Festival
July 27 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center#
July 28 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Stadium#
Aug. 3-4 - Saint Charles, IA - Hinterland Festival
Aug. 31 - Pelham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre#
Sept. 1 - Atlanta, GA - Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood#
* with special guest Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
** with special guest Wayland
$ with special guest Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
& with The Marshall Tucker and & Outlaws
# with Lynyrd Skynyrd
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