Blackberry Smoke: Country and a whole lot more
Blackberry Smoke is most often billed as a country band, but they are country in the same way Chris Stapleton is country: with a mix of Southern rock, blues and specific regional sounds, mostly their home state of Georgia.
New album Like an Arrow is the Atlanta-based quintet’s hardest pounding yet. The title track sounds like it could have just as easily been a Soundgarden song. It’s upbeat but grungy at the same time. Album opener “Waiting for The Thunder” is a throwback to good, hard ’70s rock with heavy guitar riffs and a sing-song chorus.
The band prides itself on being a live wrecking crew. They play up to 250 dates a year throughout the United States and Europe, and have toured with acts like Gov’t Mule and ZZ Top. Both of their last two albums have reached No. 1 one on the country charts, showing that, while Blackberry Smoke has been together for more than 15 years, there’s no better time to see them than now.
House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 7 p.m. July 22, starting at $20 plus tax and fee, 18+. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster