Blackberry Smoke brought Southern rock into the 21st century by ignoring fashion and sticking to the gospel according to Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Atlanta, Georgia-based quintet led by singer/songwriter Charlie Starr adapted Skynyrd's greasy blend of hard rock, blues, and country to their own ends, developing a muscular, straight-ahead sound that was showcased well on 2012's The Whippoorwill. Their first album to chart -- it reached 40 on Billboard's Top 200 and number eight on its country charts -- it lay the foundation for a strong, steady career, one that Blackberry Smoke cultivated with constant touring and steady recording. By 2021, when they released You Hear Georgia on Thirty Tigers, the band had two number one Country albums to their name -- 2015's Holding All the Roses and the following year's Like an Arrow -- and were known as a ...
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