Blackberry Smoke
Plus: The Mallett Brothers Band
Southern rock from Atlanta on Zac Brown's Southern Ground label carries on the tradition of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Outlaws with an occasional shot of acoustic and a bluegrass chaser
Pearl Street Ballroom

With a good dose of outlaw honky tonk country and a little bit of bluegrass, Blackberry Smoke builds on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Southern rock style.  After forming in Atlanta in 2000, the band quickly built a loyal fan base on the Southern tour circuit, opening for top-tier acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, and others. Their debut album, Bad Luck Ain't No Crime (2004) then followed it with the self-released EP New Honky Tonk Bootlegs in 2008. A second EP, Little Piece of Dixie, appeared from Big Karma Records that same year. A full-length album, this one also called Little Piece of Dixie, was released in 2009. Then the band then signed with Zac Brown's Southern Ground Records, which released their most recent The Whippoorwill (2012).

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