Blackberry Smoke brought their Southern music charm to their Philadelphia Brothers & Sisters. Blackberry Smoke, the hardest working band in America brought a much-needed shot of Southern music to the eager Philadelphia fans. The set list was massive and blended songs across their entire catalog in including their latest release Like An Arrow, as well as sprinkling some great covers. Every performance the band intertwines a classic song into one of their own, tonight it was a rocking cover of “Come Together” by The Beatles in the middle of “Sleeping Dogs” from The Whippoorwill album.
The band includes Charlie Starr on guitar and lead vocals, Paul Jackson on guitar and backing vocals, Richard Turner on bass, Brandon Allen Still on keyboards, and Brit Turner on drums. During the performance, Starr asked the crowd to answer a debate for the band – who has the best Philly cheese steak. Based on the audience reaction the winner was Tony Luke’s, but Starr diplomatically said it was a tie. It was a bit of a family reunion for Paul Jackson as Starr explained that he thought the entire upper left side balcony was filled with Jackson’s family and friends. The performance was very tight, and the musicianship off the charts which had the capacity filled Fillmore rocking throughout the night.
The band has numerous dates including the 2019 Southern Rock Cruise (January 6 – January 12) Tampa, FL, various stops throughout the States before heading to South America in May, Europe in June, and then as part of the Wheels of Soul Tour w/ Shovels & Rope and The Tedeschi Trucks Band. Go HERE for complete list of dates.
Article and Photos by Bob Linneman