"Southern rock quintet Blackberry Smoke recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Blackberry Smoke discussed the lasting influence of Southern rock, performing live and their most recent release, 2012's The Whippoorwill.
"When it's so good it just can't get old," said Blackberry Smoke's guitarist/vocalist Charlie Starr. "[Southern rock is] always a welcome sound to people's ears."
Check out our the rest of our exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com HERE!
First and foremost it was an honor to record "Yesterday's Wine" with George Jones and be able to meet him and his wife Nancy. George Jones was the best Country Singer of ALL time. A great memory i have of George is having breakfast with him. My daughter who was 4 or 5 at the time thought it was so amazing that he ordered 6 powdered donuts for breakfast. He let her sit on his lap in take pictures of his plate. He was a very nice man. - Brit
"You give the appearence of one widely travelled / Lord I'll bet you've seen things in your time" ... I was thinking of these lyrics the moment I met George the day we recorded "Yesterday's Wine" with him. Thank you Mr. Jones for making a dream come true!!! - Paul
Soon they'll carry him away...RIP George Jones, "now that's country." - Richard
It was an honor to meet you, and such a rare privilege to watch you work in the studio. I will forever be overwhelmed by the fact that you sang with us. You have touched so many lives by sharing your gifts with the world and shall never be forgotten. - Brandon
What can you say about George Jones that hasn't been said? People who are far more articulate than I am have explained how achingly beautiful his singing was, and how he could wrap that voice around a song and make it touch people in a place that few others ever had before or since. Mr. Jones put quite a few tears into quite a few beers. Perhaps his voice and delivery were the most sympathetic ever as far as ballads go, but he could also lay down a fast, honky tonk dance tune better than most, as well, and he never over-did it.
I was lucky enough (maybe not quite worthy) to sing with George on two occasions. Once in the studio to record "Yesterday's Wine" and a later on stage at the Ryman to perform it. The day at the studio in Nashville, we were set to record the song and Jamey Johnson and I were gonna sing it as a duet. When I was told that George would come to sing on it as well, I really couldn't believe it till he walked in the door. I was floored. Completely star struck and speechless. He walked into the control room and listened to the playback of what we'd laid down, and he said, "Damn, now that is country music, ain't it?" I will wear that like a medal for the rest of my days on earth.
When we asked him what he'd like to sing on it, he said "Let's you, me and Jamey sing the whole thing together." That is exactly what we did. It was an incredible experience, to say the least. At one point he said, "we should make an entire record of this stuff..." I have goosebumps as I type this.
About a year later, George was playing a show at the Ryman. The stars were in alignment, I guess, because we had a night off and were close to Nashville. My buddies Trey and Billy told me that George was doing "Yesterday's Wine" in the show, and that I was welcome to come sing it with him. After I wiped the tears out of my eyes, I went straight to Manuel and got a jacket for the occasion. The show was fabulous. As I stood in the wings with trembling knees waiting to go on, I watched
Mr. Jones sing those songs we all love with a smile on his face and a swing in his step. He was doing the thing that still made him as happy as it did us. Halfway into the show, he called my name and I walked out to look at the sold-out Ryman audience. They had no idea who I was, of course, but they were very gracious.
I have to say this: we sang the hell out of the song, George still nailing the high tenor part with that beautiful country soul. When we finished, George shook my hand and leaned over and said "good job, son."
Thank you, Mr. George Jones. -Charlie
Tune-in alert! Next Wednesday, May 1 we'll be playing live from The Bing Lounge in Portland, OR. Not in the area? No worries - you can watch online! Tune in HERE at 1pm PST on 5/1!
It's like we were just here…we were just here…that is an old joke, but it definitely applies right now as we head back out to California for a few more shows.
We had a blast on the House Of Blues "Ones To Watch" tour with Drake White and A Thousand Horses. Thanks to Live Nation and everyone who helped put on the shows, and a big thanks to all
of you for coming out in force! The finale was the House of Blues in West Hollywood, and what a shindig it was…just ask Doc. He still hasn't cleaned his beard.
For our next few tricks, here we come back east to film a concert at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem (thank you, Judd Films and SES!!) run by the house to give the wife and kids some sugar, sneak into Nashville and play the Grand Ole Opry, (for the second time…not bragging, just the facts) then make our way down to Wanee for a show with Robert Randolph, Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic and the Allman Brothers Band. For the encore, we played the pre-race concert at Kansas Speedway for the STP 400. We stuck a feather in it and called it macaroni. What? I don't know.
Anyhow, now we're making our way back out to California to play the beloved Fillmore West in San Francisco. We are, indeed, blessed. Oh damn, I almost forgot…while we're back out here, we're gonna get to play 3 sold out shows at Red Rocks with our ol' buddy Zac Brown!
A lot of work and a lot to be thankful for. All of you, our brothers and sisters, have put us where we are and we love you!
God Bless Ya,
Tonight, we're filming a new DVD at our SOLD OUT show at Ziggy's in NC! To celebrate, we're giving yall the chance to win BBS: Live at the Georgia Theatre DVD, this poster from our Feb. show at The Fillmore Silver Spring and The Whippoorwill! Enter to win it all HERE!