Blackberry Smoke's new album "Be Right Here" debuts at #1 on Current Country Albums, Americana/Folk Albums and Current Rock Albums Charts

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Acclaimed American rock band Blackberry Smoke’s new album, Be Right Here, debuts at #1 this week on the Current Country Albums chart, Americana/Folk Albums chart and Current Rock Albums chart as well as #4 on the Best-Selling Current Albums chart.

Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell), Be Right Here was released earlier month to critical acclaim via 3 Legged Records/Thirty Tigers (stream/purchase HERE). Across these ten tracks—a collection of their signature rock and roll anthems, Americana-leaning ballads and country rock jams—the band celebrates the simple joys of life, the fleeting moments and the little bits of luck found along the way.

Critical praise for Be Right Here:
“Blackberry Smoke is what happens when real musicians tell authentic stories through great songs”—Premier Guitar
“a unique blend of hard rock, southern rock, country, blues, and masterful songwriting”—Forbes
“Be Right Here is what Blackberry Smoke has been heading toward all along”—Relix
“elevates their trademark blend of blues, Southern rock, and Americana that has helped them sustain a fruitful, more than two-decade-long career”—American Songwriter
“A gift of the best of Southern rock and country rock, Be Right Here celebrates Blackberry Smoke’s musical ingenuity and dedication”—No Depression
“one of the best examples of Southern rock in the modern era”—The Bluegrass Situation
“a feel-good, easy-going collection made all the more replayable by Blackberry Smoke’s undeniable skill and magnetic wisdom”—Holler
“their distinctively southern rock sound and top tier songwriting always comes through…another stellar addition to their catalog”—Whiskey Riff
“this should continue to cement them as one of the best country-rock bands out there”
—Entertainment Focus
“You can’t Southern Rock more than this.”—Americana Highways
“a rewarding, focused listen”—Glide
“a sound that is undeniably their own”—Mxdwn
“arguably the most skillful of the band’s that play this music…Be Right Here is the sound of a band quietly determined to take on the world.”—Maximum Volume Music
“Be Right Here shows that Blackberry Smoke are a band running at full speed, firing on all cylinders, and show no signs of slowing down.”—Cryptic Rock

In celebration of the new music, the band will continue to tour through this fall with their “Be Right Here” international headline tour. Upcoming stops include Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium (two nights), Pittsburgh’s Roxian Theatre, Boston’s House of Blues, Washington D.C.’s Warner Theatre, St. Louis’ The Pageant and Denver’s Ogden Theatre as well as dates across the U.K., Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and more. The band will also join Cody Jinks and Whiskey Myers for select dates this year. See below for complete tour itinerary and details.

Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and Cobb’s Georgia Mae in Savannah, the album features the band—Charlie Starr (vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals) and Brandon Still (keyboards)—alongside Preston Holcomb (drums) and Benji Shanks (guitar) as well as special guest vocals from The Black Bettys.

Of the recording process, Starr shares, “We always track live together, but this time we had all our amps and drums and everything in the same room. It’s just as natural and as real as possible. The last album was very raw too, but with this one I remember different times I would say, ‘I think we should redo that,’ and Dave was like, ‘No, leave it that way. That way it’s magical.’”

Throughout their prolific career, Blackberry Smoke has released seven studio albums including 2021’s You Hear Georgia, which celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band. Released to critical acclaim, Rolling Stone declared, “Blackberry Smoke are a Georgia band through and through…You Hear Georgia sounds downright huge,” while American Songwriterpraised, “Blackberry Smoke is still on fire…a testament to that tenacity and an unapologetic ode to an insurgent attitude and tradition. That’s evident in practically every note and nuance” and Vintage Guitar proclaimed, “For 20 years, Georgia’s Blackberry Smoke has carried on Southern rock’s rich tradition. You Hear Georgia…is soaked in these roots.” In addition to their studio albums, they have released several other projects such as their EPs Stoned, The Southern Ground Sessions and Live From Capricorn Studios as well as Homecoming: Live In Atlanta, a live album and concert film, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Album Sales chart.

Since forming in 2001, Blackberry Smoke has continued to tour relentlessly, building a strong and loyal community of fans. In addition to their work as musicians, the band is deeply committed to charitable work and formed the Lana Turner Foundation, a non-profit supporting several national foundations committed to curing children’s cancer. With these efforts, the band has raised over $1,000,000 to date benefitting children’s cancer research.

1. Dig A Hole
2. Hammer And The Nail
3. Like It Was Yesterday
4. Be So Lucky
5. Azalea
6. Don’t Mind If I Do
7. Whatcha Know Good
8. Other Side of the Light
9. Little Bit Crazy
10. Barefoot Angel

February 29—Little Rock, AR—The Hall†
March 1—Fort Smith, AR—TempleLive†
March 2—Springfield, MO—Gillioz Theatre†
March 7—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre‡
March 8—Beaver Creek, CO—Vilar Performing Arts Center
March 9—Kansas City, MO—Uptown Theater‡
March 14—West Des Moines, IA—Val Air Ballroom‡
March 15—Medina, MN—Media Entertainment Center‡
March 16—Bowler, WI—North Star Mohican Casino Resort
March 19—Pittsburgh, PA—Roxian Theatre*
March 21—Boston, MA—House of Blues*
March 22—Port Chester, NY—The Capitol Theatre*
March 23—New Brunswick, NJ—State Theatre*
March 24—Patchogue, NY—Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts*
March 27—Washington, DC—Warner Theatre#
March 28—Lancaster, PA—American Music Theatre#
March 29—Cleveland, OH—TempleLive at Cleveland Masonic#
March 30—Glenside, PA—Keswick Theatre#
April 5—Douglas, GA—The Martin Centre^
April 6—Douglas, GA—The Martin Centre§
April 11—Cedar Rapids, IA—Alliant Energy Powerhouse~
April 12—St. Louis, MO—The Pageant*
April 13—Kalamazoo, MI—Wings Event Center~
April 26—Helotes, TX—John T. Floore’s Country Store*
April 27—Baton Rouge, LA—Event Center at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel
May 3—Birmingham, AL—Avondale Brewing Company
May 4—Miramar Beach, FL—Sun, Sand and Soul Beach Weekend
May 9—Houston, TX—713 Music Hall
May 10—Newkirk, OK—First Council Casino
May 11—Dallas, TX—Dos Equis Pavilion~
May 16—Maryville, TN—The Shed^
May 17—Maryville, TN—The Shed%
May 18—Maryville, TN—The Shed**
May 24—Camdenton, MO—Ozarks Amphitheater++
May 25—Beaver Dam, KY—Beaver Dam Amphitheater††
May 30—Santa Fe, NM—The Lensic
May 31—Tempe, AZ—The Marquee
June 1—San Diego, CA—The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park~
June 2—Los Angeles, CA—Greek Theatre~
June 21—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡‡
June 22—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium##
June 27—Wilmington, NC—Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
June 28—Norfolk, VA—The NorVa
June 29—Augusta, NJ—Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival
July 4—Algona, IA—ABATE of Iowa – Freedom Rally
July 5—Madison, IN—Roostertail Music Festival
July 6—Baraboo, WI—Ho-Chuck Gaming Wisconsin Dells
July 7—Decatur, IL—The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater
July 18—Canandaigua, NY—CMAC~
July 27—Coshocton, OH—Rock Coshocton 2024
August 9—Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena++
August 13—Reading, PA—Santander Arena++
August 15—Kingston, RI—Ryan Center++
August 16—Bangor, ME—Maine Savings Amphitheater++
August 17—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion++
August 18—Hartford, CT—Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater++
August 21—Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summer Stage++
September 9—Glasgow, U.K.—O2 Academy~~
September 10—Edinburgh, U.K.—O2 Academy~~
September 12—Manchester, U.K.—O2 Apollo~~
September 13—Birmingham, U.K.—O2 Academy~~
September 14—London, U.K.—Eventim Apollo~~
September 16—Brussels, Belgium—Ancienne Belgique~~
September 17—Tilburg, Netherlands—O13#~~
September 18—Hannover, Germany—Capitol~~
September 20—Copenhagen, Denmark—VEGA~~
September 21—Oslo, Norway—Sentrum Scene~~
September 22—Stockholm, Sweden—Annexet~~
September 24—Berlin, Germany—Columbiahalle~~
September 25—Vienna, Austria—Gasometer~~
September 26—Munich, Germany—Tonhalle~~
September 28—Paris, France—L’Olympia~~
September 29—Cologne, Germany—E-Werk~~
September 30—Zurich, Switzerland—Kaufleauten~~
October 2—Milan, Italy—Alcatraz~~
*with special guest Duane Betts
†with special guest FEEL
‡with special guest Them Dirty Roses
#with special guest Soul Miners Union
^with special guest Hannah Dasher
§with special guest The Georgia Thunderbolts
~supporting Cody Jinks
%with special guest Hippies & Cowboys
**with special guest Southern Avenue
++with Whiskey Myers
††with special guest The Scarecrows
‡‡with special guest Elvie Shane
##with special guest John R. Miller
~~with special guest The Steel Woods