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Blackberry Smoke – Leave A Scar Live – North Carolina DVD

Not so much as a review as a commentary on one little interview piece with Charlie Starr towards the end.  I have watched the DVD a few times now and my review would simply be…it’s awesome and everyone should go buy it.

Instead, I want to kind of answer something something that Charlie said. Much like the last DVD, he made a statement that both sums up why I love music and musicians such as him and Blackberry Smoke.

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“We’re not gonna change what it is we do. Because if we water it down, it’s not as good. So we’ve gotta… we’ve gotta do what we do to the best of our ability and hopefully…even if there are people out there who don’t… who it’s not their…if it’s not their cup of tea per se, they still may be taken with the fact that we do it well.

One thing about it, you know, the tour, the tour bus is there in the parking lot and we’re there and people come around and…and I hope they always will. We always got time for an autograph and a picture and to talk to people.

I wanna know, you know, what they love about our music and what keeps them coming back.”

Well, Charlie, it’s everything about you guys and your music that keeps me coming back. The fact that you are who you are and don’t want to change what that is for anything. You all play your hearts out at every show, the musicianship is wonderful and the personalities just mesh so well.

About the music, I may have been a little late in joining the party, but the minute I heard your music it sounded like I had listened to it my whole life. It felt familiar, comfortable and there isn’t a bad song in the bunch. Acoustic, electric – it all sounds so good. It’s personal, it’s fun and much like the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd (both the 1970’s and the 1990’s-today), it makes me happy. It gives me energy.

So what keeps me coming back? Everything you do. What do I love about your music? Everything. There aren’t the right words to explain it really. It harkens back to the first live DVD and the following quote that I transcribed and share countless times:

“We’re not fucking around when it comes to music… That’s what we eat, sleep and breathe for… And it’s not about a cute haircut or a catchy tune. It’s about music, you know, making music that makes you get goosebumps. You ever listen to just a part of a song that gives you goosebumps? Like a pedal steel solo or a sax solo or, you know… Wonder if a drum lick has ever given a goosebump? I’m sure it has Brit. Somebody being real, being honest with the music. It’s, you know, not about how many billion copies of this we can sell because somebody’s cute. It’s about making something that sticks to your ribs musically. That’s what Blackberry Smoke does.”

That, Charlie, is why I love everything about Blackberry Smoke.

On another note about the new DVD, Charlie refers to drummer Brit Turner as “Mr. Blackberry Smoke” – the band’s archivist and catalyst to them persevering all these years. I loved hearing that. When I latch on to something I like – such as music, science or history, I go into full on research mode and make a little time to acquire some knowledge about the topic. I like when people keep track of history, preserve it for the future and give the new generations a chance to look back on it and learn about it or from it. Again, yet another reason to love Blackberry Smoke.

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Side note: If I ever get to meet you in person, I probably would never be able to say all of this out loud. I am painfully shy at times, but I love music so much and learning about and listening to people talk about what they love about it. I love to hear stories from musicians about their experiences and just watch them do what they do.

Thank you – to Charlie, Brit and all the guys in Blackberry Smoke – for being real musicians, making real music and staying true to what you do. That is why I took to my blog to talk about your latest DVD and why I love Blackberry Smoke.

~ Christine

CreativelyMusical.com Artist of the Week June 2, 2013: Blackberry Smoke

I could probably write for days about Blackberry Smoke.  They’ve been a band for a dozen or so years, but I only heard of them last year. I was instantly hooked. It’s one of those things that just happens. The only way I have found to explain why I instantly fell for Blackberry Smoke is that there music is familiar. It feels like I’ve been listening to it for years, like it’s always been there.

There is nothing forced about Blackberry Smoke, they are who they are and that really comes through in the music they write and play. They know the music they like and that’s what they make…it’s as simple as that really. They don’t try to be what will sell a million records, they are themselves and they play music from their heart and soul – the way music is supposed to be played.

As musicians they are in fact products of those that influenced them, something they talk about in their Live at Georgia Theatre DVD. Also available digitally through iTunes, the DVD is a live show with interview scenes spread out throughout. You are introduced to the band members, get a little history and hear there thoughts and opinions on their influences, their fans and their music philosophies.

There is one quote in the DVD that I often post and repost when I watch the DVD. It speaks volumes of why some many people have fallen in love with Blackberry Smoke’s music.

 “We’re not fucking around when it comes to music… That’s what we eat, sleep and breathe for… And it’s not about a cute haircut or a catchy tune. It’s about music, you know, making music that makes you get goosebumps. You ever listen to just a part of a song that gives you goosebumps? Like a pedal steel solo or a sax solo or, you know… Wonder if a drum lick has ever given a goosebump? I’m sure it has Brit. Somebody being real, being honest with the music. It’s, you know, not about how many billion copies of this we can sell because somebody’s cute. It’s about making something that sticks to your ribs musically. That’s what Blackberry Smoke does.” – Charlie Starr

That quote alone is reason enough to love Blackberry Smoke. They’re real people, music lovers, who’ve dedicated a substantial part of their life to their music. It comes across in every song, every live performance, every interview. They have a passion for music. Their fanbase has grown substantially over the years because of it. Those fans are dedicated to “spreading the smoke” to all corners of the earth. I joined those ranks last year and this is one of the ways I am sharing my love of Blackberry Smoke with the world.

Their music is real, you can relate to it. It touches your heart and soul, makes you wanna dance, reminds you that life isn’t perfect, and takes away your cares for a while.

It’s time to recommend a few songs that I think you, the reader, should listen to from the Blackberry Smoke catalog. This is really hard to do. There are so many I think you should listen to…like, all of them, really. That’s most what I tell people who ask me about them when they ask what album to pick up – all of them. But I do have to pick a few for this feature, so as with my recommendations, if you have to start with one album, it should be their most recent The Whippoorwill.

Here are three songs from The Whippoorwill I think you should check:

  1. “Sleeping Dogs” – Rhapsody Link: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/blackberry-smoke/album/the-whippoorwill/track/sleeping-dogs
  2. “The Whippoorwill” – Rhapsody Link: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/blackberry-smoke/album/the-whippoorwill/track/the-whippoorwill
  3. “One Horse Town” – Rhapsody Link: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/blackberry-smoke/album/the-whippoorwill/track/one-horse-town

Here the video for “Pretty Little Lie” from The Whippoorwill:

Here are three tracks from A Little Piece of Dixie, released in 2011:

  1. “Who Invented the Wheel” – Rhapsody Link: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/blackberry-smoke/album/a-little-piece-of-dixie/track/who-invented-the-wheel
  2. “Bottom of This” – Rhapsody Link: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/blackberry-smoke/album/a-little-piece-of-dixie/track/bottom-of-this
  3. “Prayer for the Little Man” – Rhapsody Link: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/blackberry-smoke/album/a-little-piece-of-dixie/track/prayer-for-the-little-man

Here’s the video for “Good One Comin’ On” from A Little Piece of Dixie:

Check out their entire catalog on Rhapsody or the music service of your choice. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed – especially if you’re a Southern Rock fan. Their music is reminiscent of the 70’s music scene, yet has some hard rock and country elements to it that make it unique.

For more information about Blackberry Smoke, visit their official site at www.blackberrysmoke.com.

Finally, here are couple of acoustic songs from YouTube.com – this is amazing stuff, really captures what Blackberry Smoke is all about.

Get to know Blackberry Smoke: