Blackberry Smoke – Find A Light (Album Review)

Blackberry Smoke – Find A Light (Album Review)

Guided by the light of grassroots Southern Rock, the good ole boys of Blackberry Smoke – Guitarist/Vocalist Charlie Starr, Guitarist Paul Jackson, Bassist Richard Turner, Drummer Britt Turner, and Keyboardist Brandon Still – are back by route of their sixth overall studio album, Find A Light, set to be released on Friday, April 6, 2018, on Thirty Tigers.

Birthed nearly eighteen years ago, Blackberry Smoke’s prideful sound is a blueprint of pure American Rock-n-Roll, full of life, and evocative of fellow Georgia natives, The Black Crowes. Setting a trail for success, along the way, Blackberry Smoke amassed a string of hit records, including 2015’s Holding All The Roses and 2016’s Like an Arrow, both of which climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Country chart.

Creative juices flowing, Blackberry Smoke wasted no time leaping back into the studio to follow-up to the aforementioned Like an Arrow, as Find A Light is a gem of an album, full of simplistic and liberating Rock tunes about being burdened by the stressful side of life. Making it more special, Find A Light touches on the heavier side of Blackberry Smoke, and even features some very special guests who put their own stamp on the album.

Diving right in, “Flesh and Bone” is a fine example of Blackberry Smoke adding a slightly heftier edge to their sound, with a steady nature, the song implores we are all only human. Possibly the most well-written number on Find A Light, “Run Away From It All” possesses a freeing feeling about getting away and finding salvation, it is the perfect song for hanging out in a roadside bar with a beer in hand. A Rocker, “The Crooked Kind” discovers the flip-side of a desired outcome before Blackberry Smoke take it down a bit, and introduce the breezier side of the album via “Medicate My Mind” and, a mellow tune about the love of music, “I’ve Got This Song.”

Checking in as the first guest to appear on Find A Light, Pedal Steel Guitarist Robert Randolph accompanies Blackberry Smoke on a riff happy, Southern Rock/Blues/Gospel jam called “I’ll Keep Ramblin’.” Maintaining Blackberry Smoke’s formula for great ballads, “Seems So Far” reflects on the past and present, saying no matter how fast life goes by, the end still feels miles away.

Searching for salvation, “Lord Strike Me Dead” precedes the guest appearance of award winning, Singer-Songwriter/Violinist Amanda Shires for the rich Country Music ballad “Let Me Down Easy (Feat. Amanda Shires)”. If you think too highly of yourself, the Blues-Rocker, “Nobody Gives A Damn” will assuredly curb that ego before the after hours feel of “Til The Wheels Fall Off” rides into the night. Culminating to a sublime finish, “Mother Mountain,” delivers one last guest appearance as Folk trio, The Wood Brothers, assist Blackberry Smoke on a sweet number influenced by 1960s Folk Rock, this tune is a great way to close out a Blackberry Smoke record.

A breath of fresh air, Blackberry Smoke has carved out yet another fine piece of carefree Southern Rock-n-Roll with Find A Light. Regarding the bands newest effort, Starr commented, “The new album is a melting pot of Blackberry Smoke music with a wide range of sound and emotion. I think it’s our most inspired work yet.” Having said that, listeners will love how Starr’s indulgently sincere vocals complement the marvelously simplistic song-writing as it thrives surrounded by authentic subject matter relative to folks from all walks of life. With that, one thing is easily notable, Blackberry Smoke effortlessly hold all the right ingredients for cooking up true to heart Rock music.

In support of Find A Light, Blackberry Smoke launched a huge U.S. tour on March 8, 2018 in Traverse City, MI that will rock throughout the summer before coming to a head in September. Needless to say, fans of Blackberry Smoke will be looking forward to hearing some of this new music played live. Not only do Blackberry Smoke work hard on their music, the band are also great humanitarians, heavily involved with charitable work, they have raised $200,000 to benefit children’s cancer research. This is why, CrypticRock gives Find A Light 
4.5 out of 5 stars.

Tour Dates:
April 11—Greensboro, NC—Cone Denim Entertainment Center
April 12—Charlotte, NC—The Fillmore
April 13—North Myrtle Beach, SC—House of Blues
April 14—Charleston, SC—Charleston Music Hall
April 19—Champaign, IL—The City Center
April 20—Clear Lake, IA—Surf Ballroom*
April 21—Salina, KS—The Stifle Theatre*
April 22—Lawrence, KS—Granada Theater*
April 27—Springfield, MO—Gillioz Theatre
April 28—Oklahoma City, OK—The Criterion
May 3—Portland, ME—Aura*
May 4—Providence, RI—The Strand*
May 5—Boston, MA—House of Blues*
May 6—Columbia, MD—Merriweather Post Pavilion†
May 10—Raleigh, NC—The Ritz*
May 11—Ashbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony*
May 12—Munhall, PA—Carnegie of Homestead Music
May 13—Rochester, NY—Anthology
May 15—New Haven, CT—College Street Music Hall
May 17—Westbury, NY—The Space at Westbury*
May 18—Port Chester, NY—The Capitol Theatre*
May 19—Clifton Park, NY—Upstate Concert Hall
May 25—Mountain View, CA—Shoreline Amphitheater‡
May 26—San Bernardino, CA—Glen Helen Amphitheater‡
June 9—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheater§
July 1—Maidstone, U.K. —Ramblin’ Man Fair
July 13-14—Maryville, TN—The Shed
July 19—Scranton, PA—Peach Festival
July 27—Cuyahoga Falls, OH—Blossom Music Center‡
July 28—Hershey, PA—Hershey Stadium‡
August 3-4—Saint Charles, IA—Hinterland Festival
August 16—Oshkosh, WI—Waterfest Concert Series @ Leach Amphitheater
August 31—Pelham, AL—Oak Mountain Amphitheatre‡
September 1—Atlanta, GA—Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood‡
November 2—Newcastle, U.K. —02 Academy
November 3—Glasgow, U.K. —02 Academy
November 4—Nottingham, U.K. —Rock City
November 6—Belfast, Ireland—The Telegraph Building
November 7—Dublin, Ireland—National Stadium
November 9—Cardiff, U.K. —Tramshed
November 10—Birmingham, U.K. —02 Academy
November 11—Bristol, U.K. —02 Academy
November 13—Southampton, U.K. —Guildhall
November 15—London, U.K. —02 Shepherds Bush Empire
November 16—London, U.K. —02 Shepherds Bush Empire
November 17—Manchester, U.K.—02 Apollo
*with special guest Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
†with The Marshall Tucker and & Outlaws
‡with Lynyrd Skynyrd
§with Big Head Todd & The Monsters

Purchase Find A Light:

[amazon_link asins=’B0791WFFKG’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’crypticrock-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’791ccf43-3668-11e8-9b21-79ace8c3251f’]

Like the in-depth, diverse coverage of Cryptic Rock? Help us in support to keep the magazine going strong for years to come with a small donation.
Vito Tanzi
[email protected]

With '80s Metal and '90s Punk Rock flowing through his veins, Vito also enjoys many a variety of other genres. Graduating with a Bachelor’s in Music Business, he loves going to as many live shows as possible and experiencing the music first hand.

No Comments

Post A Comment

Cryptic Rock
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons