BLACKBERRY SMOKE CONFIRMS 2019 HEADLINE TOUR
TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY
NEW ALBUM FIND A LIGHT AND NEW EP THE SOUTHERN GROUND SESSIONS OUT NOW
Blackberry Smoke will continue their “Find A Light” headline tour in 2019 with shows at Dallas’ Canton Hall, Austin’s Emo’s, Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre, Seattle’s The Showbox and Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium among many others. Tickets for the tour—which will feature special guests Chris Shiflett, Nikki Lane, Quaker City Night Hawks and An Evening With—go on sale this Friday, November 9 at 10:00am local time. These newly confirmed performances follow the band’s extensive 2018 tour schedule, which includes upcoming stops at Atlanta’s The Tabernacle as part of their annual “Brothers and Sisters Holiday Homecoming Show” and a special show at Chattanooga’s Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on New Year’s Eve. See below for complete details.
These performances celebrate a landmark year for Blackberry Smoke, which saw the release of their sixth-studio album, Find A Light (stream/purchase here) as well as a new acoustic EP, The Southern Ground Sessions (stream/purchase here). Find A Light was released last April and debuted as the best-selling Country and Americana/Folk album in the country and entered at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the BillboardAmericana/Folk Albums chart. Of the album, NPR Music praises, “…Find a Light pushes the envelope while providing that famous Blackberry Smoke autonomy, delivered with soulful vocals, haunting harmonies and kick ass songs,” while Relix declares, “Blackberry Smoke have long been heirs to the road-warrior mantle established by their classic-rock and country heroes. And, with their sixth full-length album, Find A Light, the quintet has now firmly established an authentic legacy of their own.” Following the album’s release, Blackberry Smoke returned to the studio and recorded The Southern Ground Sessions. Created as an accompaniment to Find A Light, the 6-song EP was recorded live at Southern Ground studio in Nashville, TN and features acoustic versions of five album tracks as well as a rendition of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” featuring Amanda Shires. Of the EP, Rolling Stone Country praises, “Blackberry Smoke’s crunchy Southern rock may be made for fuzzed-out electric guitars, but their songs sure do translate well to being played acoustically,” while Guitar World states, “With the new EP, a band that has defied critics to pigeonhole them have further proven that there is no one genre that can contain their versatile sound.”
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 $200,000 benefiting children’s cancer research.
photo credit: ­­­David McClister
BLACKBERRY SMOKE CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
November 6—Belfast, Ireland—The Telegraph Building*
November 7—Dublin, Ireland—National Stadium*
November 9—Cardiff, U.K.—Tramshed† (SOLD OUT)
November 10—Birmingham, U.K.—02 Academy†
November 11—Bristol, U.K.—02 Academy†
November 13—Southampton, U.K.—Guildhall*
November 15—London, U.K.—02 Shepherds Bush Empire*
November 16—London, U.K.—02 Shepherds Bush Empire*
November 17—Manchester, U.K.—02 Apollo*
November 23—Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle‡
December 6—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore§
December 7—Port Chester, NY—The Capitol Theatre
December 8—Clifton Park, NY—Upstate Concert Hall
December 9—New Bedford, MA—Zeiterion Theatre
December 31—Chattanooga, TN—Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium#
January 6-12, 2019—Tampa, FL—2019 Southern Rock Cruise
January 24—Oxford, MS—The Lyric Oxford+
January 25—Dallas, TX—Canton Hall+
January 26—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall+
January 27—Austin, TX—Emo’s+
January 29—Tucson, AZ—Rialto Theatre+
January 30—Tempe, AZ—Marquee Theatre+
February 1—Anaheim, CA—House of Blues+
February 2—Napa, CA—Uptown Theatre+
February 4—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up+
February 5—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up+
February 6—Los Angeles, CA—The Fonda Theatre**
February 7—San Francisco, CA—The Regency Ballroom**
February 9—Jackson, CA—Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel††
February 10—Redding, CA—Redding Civic Auditorium*
February 12—Seattle, WA—The Showbox*
February 13—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall*
February 14—Spokane, WA—Bing Crosby Theater*
February 16—Deadwood, SD—Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino††
February 18—Wichita, KS—Cotillion Ballroom+
February 19—Oklahoma City, OK—Diamond Ballroom+
February 21—New Orleans, LA—The Fillmore+
February 22—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium+
*with Quaker City Night Hawks
†with Quaker City Night Hawks and Junkyard
‡with Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
§with Karl Densons Tiny Universe
#with Brent Cobb
+with Chris Shiflett
**with Nikki Lane
††with An Evening With
BOLD on-sale this Friday, November 9 at 10:00am local time
www.blackberrysmoke.com
For more information, please contact Asha Goodman 615.320.7753,
Catherine Snead 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co., asha.goodman@sacksco.com, catherine.snead@sacksco.com or carla@sacksco.com.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.