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Blackberry Smoke: Find A Light

Read "Find A Light" reviewed by Doug Collette

Since that flash-point in the Fifties by which blues and country musics were fused into rock and roll, this hybrid has evolved via a seemingly endless series of permutations, the most derivative of which are an amorphous amalgamation of influences. In contrast, the most memorable instances--or at least the ones with the most potential for extended existence--are those individuals or ensembles with the most noticeable and direct roots. It's in this latter category where Blackberry Smoke resides, and where the ...

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Blackberry Smoke: The Whippoorwill

Read "Blackberry Smoke: The Whippoorwill" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Blackberry SmokeThe WhippoorwillSouthern Ground2012 In the same way that Southern Democrats became gentrified Republicans with a cracker patois over the two generations since LBJ's Civil Rights Act of 1964, Southern Rock has become what passes for Outlaw Country Music on the fringe today. Forget Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings and the boys, Jimmy Buffett wannabe Kenny Chesney effects the buff bad boy image singing those oh-so-clever and saccharine lyrics churned out ...


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