Blackberry Smoke confirms “Pandemic Jam” livestream concert series this fall

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Blackberry Smoke will perform three special livestream concerts this fall as part of their “Pandemic Jam” series via Mandolin. Each show will take place at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT and be broadcast from a different location in either Nashville or Atlanta. The first performance will be from Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, September 23, followed by Atlanta’s West End Sound on Friday, October 30 and Atlanta’s The Tabernacle on Saturday, November 28. The final performance will serve as Blackberry Smoke’s eighth annual “Brothers and Sisters Holiday Homecoming” show.

Tickets for all three performances are on-sale now with a number of purchase options including various merchandise and virtual meet & greet packages. Full details can be found here.

In celebration of the new shows, the official music video for “Run Away From It All,” a track from the band’s acclaimed 2018 album, Find A Light, is debuting today. Watch/share HERE. The video was directed by Andy Sapp, who conceived of the idea at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and captured the majority of the footage while on a motorcycle trip across the country. The video will also make its broadcast debut on CMT later this month. 

Earlier this summer, Blackberry Smoke also released a special new EP, Live From Capricorn Sound Studios, with a portion of all proceeds going to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund (stream/purchase here). Recorded at Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, GA, the project consists of six new versions of songs that have special ties to the historic studio and was created in conjunction with the band’s anticipated “Spirit of the South Tour: A Celebration of Southern Rock and Roll Music.” Songs featured on the project include The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Take The Highway” with special guest Marcus Henderson on the flute, The Allman Brothers Band’s “Midnight Rider” and “Revival,” Little Richard’s “Southern Child” and Wet Willie’s “Keep On Smiling” and “Grits Ain’t Groceries,” both featuring special guest vocals from Jimmy Hall—a member of Wet Willie during Capricorn’s peak years, who returned to the studio to record these tracks. 

Produced by Blackberry Smoke, the EP marks two significant moments in Capricorn Sound Studios’ history as it was the first time a major band has done a professional recording at the studio in over 40 years and was also recorded using entirely solar energy. Of the release, American Songwriter praises, “a consistently fun listen…electrifying, bringing a little bit of Capricorn’s roots to the present.” 

In support of the EP, the band will embark on their extensive “Spirit of the South Tour: A Celebration of Southern Rock and Roll Music” next summer, which will feature special guests The Allman Betts Band, The Wild Feathers and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, Jaimoe. Created in celebration of the various roots and influences within Southern music, every show will conclude with a unique collaborative finale, which will feature Blackberry Smoke, The Allman Betts Band, The Wild Feathers, Jaimoe and additional surprise guests showcasing the inspirations of Rock, Blues, Gospel and Soul music. 

Additionally, for the first time ever, Blackberry Smoke is partnering with The Allman Brothers Band Museum At The Big House—located in Macon, GA—to bring the band’s storied history on the road with a new mobile set up. The museum will feature never-before-seen archival items including original hand-written lyrics, awards, rare family photographs, iconic pieces of clothing and jewelry, one-of-a-kind instruments played by the band and more. Jaimoe will also be onsite at the museum and available for meet and greet opportunities at each stop. All “Spirit Of The South Tour” ticket holders will be granted free access to the museum with $1 of each ticket donated to The Allman Brothers Museum at the Big House to help preserve its history and heritage. See below for complete tour itinerary. 

Adding to a series of landmark years, Blackberry Smoke recently returned to the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb to record their next album, which will include a collaboration with Jamey Johnson. The new music follows the release of their latest full-length album, Find A Light, which debuted as the best-selling Country and Americana/Folk album in the country, entered at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the BillboardAmericana/Folk Albums chart in 2018. Of the album, NPR Music praises, “pushes the envelope while providing that famous Blackberry Smoke autonomy, delivered with soulful vocals, haunting harmonies and kick ass songs.” After the release of Find A Light, Blackberry Smoke shared two additional projects—a live album and concert film, Homecoming: Live In Atlanta (stream/purchase here)—which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Album Sales chart—and a 6-song acoustic EP, The Southern Ground Sessions (stream/purchase here). 

Blackberry Smoke is Charlie Starr (vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards). Since their debut in 2004, the band has independently released six full-length records and has toured relentlessly, building a strong and loyal community of fans. In addition to their work as musicians, Blackberry Smoke remains committed to charitable work and has raised nearly $500,000 benefiting children’s cancer research. 

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LIVE FROM CAPRICORN SOUND STUDIOS TRACK LIST

1. Midnight Rider 

2. Take The Highway ft. Marcus Henderson 

3. Keep On Smiling ft. Jimmy Hall and The Black Bettys 

4. Grits Ain’t Groceries ft. Jimmy Hall and The Black Bettys  

5. Revival ft. The Black Bettys 

6. Southern Child ft. Jimmy Hall and The Black Bettys

BLACKBERRY SMOKE CONFIRMED TOUR DATES – ALL DATES
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

September 10—Roanoke, VA—Dr. Pepper at the Bridges

September 11—Oceanport, NJ—Blu Grotto (early performance)

September 11—Oceanport, NJ—Blu Grotto (late performance)

September 12—Butler, PA—Starlight Drive-In

September 13—Scranton, PA—Circle Drive-In 

September 15—Yarmouth, MA—Old Yarmouth Drive In

September 25—Loves Park, IL—Rockford Rivets Ballpark*

September 26—Normal, IL—Normal Cornbelters Stadium*

October 9—Scottsdale, AZ—Arizona Bike Week 

October 17—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre 

October 26—Vancouver, BC—Commodore Ballroom 

October 28—Edmonton, AB—Midway Music 

October 29—Calgary, AB—The Palace Theatre 

October 31—Winnipeg, MB—The Garrick Centre 

November 3—Kitchener, ON—Elements 

November 8—Toronto, ON—Danforth Music Hall 

May 7, 2021—Maryville, TN—The Shed

May 8, 2021—Maryville, TN—The Shed 

May 14, 2021—Maryville, TN—The Shed 

May 15, 2021—Maryville, TN—The Shed 

June 11, 2021—Austin, TX—The Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally 25th Anniversary 

July 16, 2021—St. Louis, MO—St. Louis Music Park†

July 17, 2021—Chicago, IL—Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom†

July 18, 2021—Cincinnati, OH—PNC Pavilion†

July 20, 2021—Reading, PA—Santander Arena†

July 22, 2021—Boston, MA—Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion†

July 23, 2021—Westbrook, ME—Maine Savings Pavilion†

July 24, 2021—The Long Creek Roundup†

July 27, 2021—New York City, NY—The Rooftop at Pier 17†

July 29, 2021—Cleveland, OH—Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica†

July 30, 2021—Indianapolis, IN—Amphitheater at White River State Park†

July 31, 2021—Detroit, MI—Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill†

August 1, 2021—Huber Heights, OH—Rose Music Center at The Heights†

August 5, 2021—Dallas, TX—The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory†

August 6, 2021—Southaven, MS—Landers Center†

August 10, 2021—Jacksonville, FL—Daily’s Place†

August 12, 2021—Baltimore, MD—MECU Pavilion†

August 13, 2021—Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summer Stage†

August 15, 2021—Charlotte, NC—Charlotte Metro Credit†

August 17, 2021—Raleigh, NC—The Red Hat Amphitheater†

August 19, 2021—Simpsonville, SC—CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park†

August 20, 2021—Nashville, TN—Ascend Amphitheater†

August 27, 2021—Oklahoma City, OK—The Criterion†

August 28, 2021—Kearney, MO—RoseFest 2021

August 29, 2021—Dubuque, IA—Five Flags Center 

*with special guests The Wild Feathers 

†“Spirit Of The South Tour” with special guests Allman Betts Band, The Wild Feathers and Jaimoe