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The Whippoorwill

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Atlanta, Georgia's Blackberry Smoke does upward of 250 shows a year, relentlessly crossing and re-crossing the various club, bar, and festival circuits, and the group's classic Southern rock sound, which recalls bands like the Black Crowes and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has been honed to a sharp edge by the constant playing. This is a solid band with a good rhythm section in bassist Richard Turner and drummer Brit Turner, a stand-out keyboardist in Brandon Still, and plenty of electric guitar work from Paul Jackson and lead singer Charlie Starr. Starr's voice is really what makes Blackberry Smoke more than a Southern rock nostalgia act, though. He's a country singer with a rock ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Atlanta, Georgia's Blackberry Smoke does upward of 250 shows a year, relentlessly crossing and re-crossing the various club, bar, and festival circuits, and the group's classic Southern rock sound, which recalls bands like the Black Crowes and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has been honed to a sharp edge by the constant playing. This is a solid band with a good rhythm section in bassist Richard Turner and drummer Brit Turner, a stand-out keyboardist in Brandon Still, and plenty of electric guitar work from Paul Jackson and lead singer Charlie Starr. Starr's voice is really what makes Blackberry Smoke more than a Southern rock nostalgia act, though. He's a country singer with a rock attitude and heart, and when the song's good, and the band's on board, this is a top-tier group who merge country and rock so seamlessly that it's both at once. There are several very good songs on The Whippoorwill, the band's debut for Zac Brown's Southern Ground label, including the chugging "Six Ways to Sunday," which opens the set, the tell-it-straight-like-it-is small town anti-anthem "One Horse Town" which sounds like Steve Earle in his heyday, and the cranky, defiant, and determined "Leave a Scar," any of which deserve to be in regular rotation on contemporary country stations, but probably won't be because they sound more like Muscle Shoals productions than they do Nashville. Think Steve Earle fronting Lynyrd Skynyrd. Great stuff, ragged and real, and yes, there are a lot of cliché stances and phrases woven into these songs, but Starr's voice and this band's loose yet crisp playing style pulls it all off more often than not.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2012
  • Label: Southern Ground Arti
  • UPC: 816259010581
  • Catalog Number: 12

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blackberry Smoke Primary Artist
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Clay Cook Percussion
Matt Mangano Acoustic Guitar
Sarah Dugas Background Vocals
Brandon Still Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Group Member
Brit Turner Drums, Group Member
Maureen Murphy Background Vocals
Paul Jackson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Charlie Starr Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Richard Turner Bass Guitar, Group Member
Kyla Jade Background Vocals
Lo Carter Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Kelton Engineer
Gordon Kennedy Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
David Lee Murphy Composer
Clay Cook Producer, Engineer
Matt Mangano Composer, Producer, Engineer
Zac Brown Composer, Producer
Jeremy Spillman Composer
Blackberry Smoke Composer, Producer
Travis Meadows Composer
Brandon Bell Engineer
Brit Turner Art Direction
Charlie Starr Composer
David Oswalt Road Crew
Billy Kirk Road Crew
Justin Helton Cover Design
David Turner Road Crew
Tim Pederson Cover Design
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