Blackberry Smoke Rocks the Wheels Off!!

Blackberry Smoke performing at The Mann Center in Philadelphia 07.10.19

Blackberry Smoke performing at The Mann Center in Philadelphia 07.10.19

On a sweltering Summer day in Philadelphia, The Wheels Of Souls tour featuring; Tedeschi Trucks Band, Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope filled The Mann music center, one of Philly’s premiere outdoor venues. Kicking off the evening was Shovels & Rope an American folk duo from Charleston, South Carolina composed of husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. The two make music much more complex and louder than just the two performers on the stage.

As the band walked on the stage, the hooting and hollering started.  Blackberry Smoke consists of Charlie Starr, Brandon Still, Brit Turner, Richard Turner, and Paul Jackson although they brought in some touring support with Preston Holcomb and Benji Shanks. The band which has a “Brotherhood” of dedicated followers never fails to support the band every time they perform anywhere in the Delaware valley. The band’s setlist was heavy with selections from the last two albums Like An Arrow, and Find a Light, before hitting on one of their well-known hits “One Horse Town” from The Whippoorwill album.  They stayed with The Whippoorwill for their final selection of “Ain’t Much Left of Me” while blending it into an incredible cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “When The Levee Breaks” much to the crowd’s delight.  Now that is how you end a performance.

Blackberry Smoke performing at The Mann Center in Philadelphia 07.10.19

Blackberry Smoke performing at The Mann Center in Philadelphia 07.10.19

Closing the evening was The Tedeschi Trucks Band, the blues and blues rock group from Jacksonville, Florida formed by married couple Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.  The band filled the entire stage with every type of instrument ever played. There was a massive soulful sound filling Fairmount Park that evening.   It was a complete feel good night, and I’m hoping the Wheels of Soul brake again in Philly. 

Wheels Of Soul 2019

Wheels Of Soul 2019

The Wheels Of Soul tour continues into August 2019 then Blackberry Smoke starts a tour with The Record Company through October 2019. Check HERE for dates near you, and HERE for everything Blackberry Smoke!!

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Article and Photographs by: Bob Linneman

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