Posted by: Amy | October 3, 2010

October 2 – Blackberry Smoke, Wild Bill’s, Atlanta

Wild Bill’s was the place to be last night. Atlanta-based band Blackberry Smoke brought down the house with a killer set of their country & bluegrass flavored southern rock. Getting the show kicked off were two other Georgia bands, Buck O’Five and Scott Little Band. Each of the opening bands played original tunes that served to get the crowd primed and ready for Blackberry Smoke.

I had previously met Blackberry Smoke at BamaJam where I had the pleasure of interviewing them. They’ve built a huge following in the Midwest and in New England and even more surprisingly, in Europe. I didn’t get to see their full set at BamaJam, so I was eagerly awaiting their return to Atlanta. They took the stage around 11:30 and played a high energy set that lasted over ninety minutes. They played a good mix of songs from the their two studio albums, their EP, New Honky Tonk Bootlegs, and even a few unreleased tunes. Lead singer Charlie Starr worked the stage and was the ringleader for the fun. He displayed his guitar prowess throughout the night as he launched into extended jams with the band. Drummer Brit Turner is entertaining to watch. He’s got a mass of long, curly hair and an equally unruly beard and it’s obvious that he truly enjoys what he does. Bassist Richard Turner and guitarist Paul Jackson share backing vocal duties, in addition to playing their instruments. It was fun to watch their interactions with Charlie when the band was really jamming out. Last, but certainly not least, is the band’s newest addition, Brandon Still. He fills out the band’s sound with the rich sounds of the piano and organ. All of the pieces of the band fit together well to produce a cohesive sound and a highly entertaining live show!

Charlie Starr

Richard Turner


Brandon Still

Paul Jackson

Brit Turner

Blackberry Smoke’s Set List

  • Like I Am
  • I’d Be Lyin’
  • Memphis Special
  • Testify
  • Bottom of This
  • Good One Comin’ On
  • Restless
  • Let a Sleeping Dog Lie/Midnight Rider
  • Up in Smoke
  • Everybody Knows She’s Mine
  • Prayer for the Little Man
  • Too High
  • Sanctified Woman
  • Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (Rolling Stones)
  • Son of a Bourbon
  • Yesterday’s Wine
  • Train Rollin’
  • Freedom Song


  • Man of Constant Sorrow/extended instrumental jam




See all of the photos from the show here.

We had a fantastic time and I will definitely be seeing these guys again! If they’re in your neck of the woods, I highly recommend that you go see their show. Thanks to Trey for setting us up with tickets.

It has also just been announced that the band will headlining another Atlanta show on October 23. It is a benefit show at The Loft at Center Stage. Get all of the details here.

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