The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has been in the thick of planning its 2021 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival ever since the nonprofit announced the cancellation of its 20th anniversary event this year due to the global COVID-19 health crisis. Organizers say they are optimistic that new vaccines, now in development, will help the music, events, and tourism industries rebound after a long nine-month pause.
The Drive-In style set up at the ranch was in the same fashion as going to the movies, except this movie theatre had a real PA system. Cars were parked in rows and the social distance tailgating was highly successful. There were limited VIP tables set up in front of the stage for a bit more intimate viewing. Robert Randolph started the show with some of the members and introduced Devon and Duane a few songs in. At that point, the musicians on stage were from five different bands.
Blackberry Smoke’s new rendition of Wet Willie’s “Keep On Smiling” featuring special guest Jimmy Hall, is debuting today. Watch/share a new performance video HERE. An original member of Wet Willie, Hall joined Blackberry Smoke at Capricorn Sound Studios earlier this year to record the track—the same place that it was first recorded in 1974.
Blackberry Smoke confirms “Spirit of the South Tour: A Celebration of Southern Rock and Roll Music,” featuring The Allman Betts Band, The Wild Feathers and The Allman Brothers Band's Jaimoe
“Guitarmeggedon!” That is one of the words used by Devon Allman to describe the sheer volume of talent and amplitude displayed at Denver’s Mission Ballroom on December 8th. The metropolitan’s newest venue played host to the Allman Family Revival, a conglomerate of the Allman Betts Band and a rotating stage of support that included 17 faces from the music world, including both well-known veterans and some new faces on the scene.
Acclaimed American rock band Blackberry Smoke’s new project Homecoming: Live In Atlanta—a live album and concert film—is out today. Recorded at their annual “Brothers and Sisters Holiday Homecoming” show at Atlanta’s Tabernacle last November, both the album and film—directed by Ted Roach and Lagan Sebert—are available to stream/purchase HERE.