Atlanta based band, Blackberry Smoke played a great set of southern fried rock to a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues on December 28.  The group is out supporting their great new album, Like an Arrow which was released this past October.  

Led by singer/guitarist Charlie Starr, the band took the stage as Little Richard’s “Southern Child” was pumped through the speakers.  Once everyone got their instruments, the quintet launched into the rockin’ “Six Ways to Sunday” and immediately followed that up with the party anthem “Good One Comin’ On.”

This is a very musically diverse band as their standings on the album charts indicate.   Like an Arrow hit number one on the US Country charts, number two on the US Indie charts and number 3 on the US Rock charts.  Putting them into one category is a very difficult thing to do.  I just like to call them a great rock and roll band.

Blackberry Smoke can play pretty much any genre of music and play it well.  From the harder rockin’ “Waiting for the Thunder,”  to the southern rock sounding “Rock and Roll Again” to old school country “One Horse Town,” these boys can play it all.  

During “Sleeping Dogs” the band ventured into Allman Brothers territory by playing an extended jam that even included parts Zeppelin’s “Your Time Is Gonna Come” and “Black Dog” for good measure.

There wasn’t much talking between songs besides the occasional “Are y’all having a good time?” and “thanks for coming.”  However, the enthusiastic crowd didn’t seem to mind as they sang and danced for the entire show.  

After playing their latest single “Sunrise in Texas” and “Shake Your Magnolia” from their 2009 album Little Piece of Dixie, the band left the stage.

This sold-out crowd wanted more and began chanting “smoke, smoke, smoke!”  After a few minutes, the band returned to the stage and played a great cover of Tom Petty’s “Refugee” and their own rocking song “Ain’t Much Left of Me.”

I believe there is going to be a resurgence of the classic rock/southern rock sound.  Blackberry Smoke is going to be one of the bands leading the way and I suggest that you get on board.

Opening the show was a southern rock band from Texas called Whiskey Myers.  The band is supporting their latest release called Mud which has reached #4 on the Country album charts.  These guys played a very entertaining 30 minute set (yes, there was a cowbell solo) and I hope to check them out again the next time they come to town.