Building on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Southern rock template with a good dose of outlaw honky tonk country and a little bit of bluegrass, gospel, and R&B mixed in, Blackberry Smoke (singer/guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist/singer Paul Jackson, bassist/singer Richard Turner, keyboardist Brandon Still, and drummer Brit Turner) formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000 and quickly built a loyal fan base on the Southern tour circuit, opening for such top-tier acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, and others. The group released a debut album, Bad Luck Ain't No Crime, in 2004 on Cock of the Walk Records, then followed it with the self-released EP New Honky Tonk Bootlegs in 2008. A second EP, Little Piece of Dixie, appeared from Big Karma Records that same year. A full-length album, this one also called Little Piece of Dixie, was released in 2009 by BamaJam Records. The band then signed with Zac Brown's Southern Ground Records, which released The Whippoorwill in 2012. The Whippoorwill was picked up by Earache, who formally signed the band in 2013. A deluxe live audio and video package entitled Leave a Scar: Live North Carolina was issued in the summer of 2014.
Later that year, the band left Brown's label and signed a deal with Rounder in the U.S. (Earache remained the group's European label). Taking a short break from touring, they entered the studio with producer Brendan O'Brien and emerged less than two weeks later with Holding All the Roses, then went straight back to working on the road. The album was released in February of 2015, debuting at number one on the Billboard country charts. Blackberry Smoke returned in the autumn of 2016 with Like an Arrow, their second album for Rounder. Throughout the following year, Blackberry Smoke hit the road in support of the album, while also returning to the studio to record their sixth full-length record. The resulting Find a Light -- which saw them being joined by guests pedal steel player Robert Randolph, violinist and vocalist Amanda Shires, and folk outfit the Wood Brothers -- was released in spring 2018. The set entered the Top Three of the U.S. country and indie charts, peaking just outside the Top 30 on the Billboard 200. ~ Steve Leggett