Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed album, The Whippoorwill, Blackberry Smoke will embark on an extensive tour this fall where they will perform the album in its entirety.
Recently confirmed shows include Austin’s Emo’s, Houston’s 713 Music Hall, San Antonio’s Aztec Theater, Indianapolis’ Murat Theater at Old National Center, Boston’s House of Blues, New York’s Webster Hall and Chicago’s Vic Theater among many others. See below for the full itinerary.
Tickets for “The Whippoorwill 10 Year Anniversary Tour” will go on sale to the public this Friday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Additionally, Spotify fans of the band will receive an exclusive presale code and have early access to tickets starting tomorrow, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. local time via Spotify Fans First. Full details can be found here.
To commemorate the anniversary, the band will be releasing four never-before-seen demo versions of tracks from The Whippoorwill this week, with “Pretty Little Lie (Studio Demo)” debuting today. Additional tracks to come include “One Horse Town (Studio Demo)”, which will be released tomorrow (8/17), “Ain’t Got the Blues (Acoustic Home Demo)” which will be released this Thursday (8/18) and ” Up The Road (Acoustic Home Demo)” this Friday (8/19).
Reflecting on the milestone, lead singer Charlie Starr shares, “It’s almost impossible to believe The Whippoorwill is 10 years old…I think we’re as proud of it today as we were the day it came out. “
Released on August 14, 2012, The Whippoorwill is Blackberry Smoke’s third studio album and peaked at number 8 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Of the record, NPR Music praised, “Blackberry Smoke transforms Southern musical forms into radio-ready songs. The band’s bold guitars, honky-tonk keyboards and deep roots of blues, boogie and gospel all propel the smoky voice of leader Charlie Starr.
But the lyrics of Blackberry Smoke’s new album are introspective, examining themes of love and betrayal, family ties and growing old while you’re still too young,” while The New York Times called “One Horse Town” of “one of the most beautiful traditions country songs in mind this year .”
Whippoor’s birthday is just the latest milestone in a renowned career for Blackberry Smoke, who celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band last year with their latest album, You Hear Georgia (stream/buy here).
As they have for the past two decades, the band continues to embody Georgia’s rich musical heritage with the record, honoring the people, places and sounds of their homeland. With the addition of fellow Georgian producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell), You Hear Georgia pays homage to the band’s deep respect for their roots.
Released to critical acclaim, Rolling Stone said, “Blackberry Smoke is a Georgian band through and through… You Hear Georgia sounds downright huge,” while the American songwriter praised, “Blackberry Smoke is always on fire… a testament to that tenacity. and an unabashed ode to an insurrectionary attitude and tradition. It shows in virtually every note and every nuance” and Vintage Guitar proclaimed, “For 20 years, Georgia’s Blackberry Smoke has carried on the rich tradition of Southern rock. You Hear Georgia…is steeped in those roots.”
BLACKBERRY SMOKE CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
BOLD on sale this Friday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. local time
Aug. 18-Wichita, KS-WAVE
August 19-Camdenton, MO-Ozarks Amphitheater
August 20 – Little Rock, AR-First Security Amphitheater
August 21-Brandon, MS-Brandon Amphitheater
August 23-Southaven, MS-Landers Center
August 25-Franklin, TN-FirstBank Amphitheater
August 26-Raliegh, NC-Red Hat Amphitheater
August 27-Charlotte, NC-Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater
August 28-Greensboro, NC-White Oak Amphitheater
September 1-Anderson, SC-Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center
September 2-Doswell, VA-The Meadow Event Park
September 3-North Charleston, SC-Firefly Distillery
September 4-Portsmouth, VA-Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion
September 8-Pittsburgh, PA-Internship AE
September 9-Sterling Heights, MI-Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
September 10-Pikeville, KY-Appalachian Wireless Arena
September 11-Columbus, OH-KEMBA Live!
September 17-Burnsville, MN-Buck Hill
September 23-Birmingham, AL-Avondale Brewing Company
September 24-Black Mountain, NC-Silverados
September 30-Lacygne, KS-Firewater Music Festival
Oct. 1-Lampe, MO-Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater
October 7-Cleveland, OH-TempleLive at Cleveland Masonic
October 8 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
October 15-Key West, Florida-Legends of Music Row Festival
October 28-Knoxville, TN-River Breeze Event Center
October 29-Bristol, TN-Paramount Center for the Arts
Nov. 10-Austin, TX-Emo’s
November 11-Houston, TX-713 Music Hall
Nov. 12-Oklahoma City, OK-Paycom Center
November 13-San Antonio, TX-The Aztec Theater
November 17-Peoria, IL-Peoria Civic Center Theater
November 18-Rockford, IL-Coronado Performing Arts Center
November 19-Shipshewana, IN-Blue Gate Performing Arts Center
November 20-Indianapolis, IN-Murat Theater at Old National Center
November 25-Atlanta, GA-Fox Theater
December 2-Silver Spring, MD-The Fillmore Silver Spring
December 6-Glenside, PA-Keswick Theater
December 7-Boston, MA-House of Blues
December 9-Ithaca, NY-State Theater of Ithaca
December 10-New York, NY-Webster Hall
December 16-Chicago, IL-Vic Theater
December 17-Wisconsin Dells, WI-Crystal Grand Music Theater