Blackberry Smoke at the Bluestone

By Columbus Alive
From the January 31, 2013 edition

The latest in The Bluestone’s parade of rising country stars arrives Thursday in the form of Blackberry Smoke, a swampy Southern rock jam-boogie behemoth signed to Zac Brown Band’s label Southern Ground.

As you’d expect from a band under Brown’s wing, these guys are burly, bearded and well-versed in the fine arts of honky-tonking, post-Allmans guitar theatrics and down-home punning. (The punning begins instantly on last year’s The Whippoorwill as opening track “Six Ways To Sunday” joins a rich history of spiritual/sexual metaphors, more clever than R. Kelly singing “There’s something church about you” and nearly as entertaining.)

This is a country band for people who hate country and people who love country; had they been around circa 1861, perhaps we could have solved this Union-Confederacy business peacefully.

Blackberry Smoke has been picking up serious steam in the months since The Bluestone booked this show, so expect a packed house Thursday. A Thousand Horses and Mark Pennington open the show.

Zack Arias photo