Country-riffin’ Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke have announced a new album. Find A Light is out on April 6 and is the follow-up to two Billboard chart-topping country albums for the quintet, 2015’s Holding All The Roses and 2016’s Like An Arrow.

For this sixth album, frontman and Gibson fan Charlie Starr promises easygoing roots-rock (“Run Away From It All”), Southern rock stomps (“The Crooked Kind”), as well as stripped-down acoustic numbers (“I’ve Got This Song”) and bruising alt-country (“Nobody Gives A Damn”). Fiddles, organ and bar-band pianos are all part of the mix.

“That’s one of my favorite things about Blackberry Smoke albums – there’s a lot of variety,” Starr says. “My favorite albums through the years are built that way, too. I love a record that keeps you guessing. I love the fact that our records are sort of a ride, with different types of songs and different vibes.”

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For this album, Starr tapped into recent songwriting sessions he had with his friend Keith Nelson, formerly of Buckcherry. The two had never collaborated before, but found an instant creative connection and Starr ended up using four songs from their time together, including “Nobody Gives A Damn” and “Best Seat In The House”, on Find A Light. “At some point, I told him, ‘Man, I really like these songs for Blackberry Smoke. These are Blackberry Smoke songs,’” Starr says. “He didn’t disagree. I hadn’t really started to write for another album yet, so these lit the fire, so to speak.”

Find A Light was cut in just two weeks in Atlanta with engineer/mixer Tom Tapley and long-time collaborator Benji Shanks. As with 2016’s Like An Arrow, the band self-produced the record.

Find A Light track listing:

  1. “Flesh and Bone”
  2. “Run Away From It All”
  3. “The Crooked Kind”
  4. “Medicate My Mind”
  5. “I’ve Got This Song”
  6. “Best Seat in the House”
  7. “I’ll Keep Ramblin’” (feat. Robert Randolph)
  8. “Seems So Far”
  9. “Lord Strike Me Dead”
  10. “Let Me Down Easy” (feat. Amanda Shires)
  11. “Nobody Gives A Damn”
  12. “Till The Wheels Fall Off”
  13. “Mother Mountain” (feat. The Wood Brothers)

Look out for a interview with Charlie Starr soon.

Photo: David McLister