Rejoice Southern rock fans. If you’re looking for a refill of your favorite poison, Atlanta, Georgia’s formidable Southern rock outfit Blackberry Smoke has just announced they have a brand new album on the way called Holding All The Roses, due on shelves from Rounder Records on February 10th, 2015. It’s the followup to 2012’s acclaimed The Whippoorwill, and their first with Rounder. “I think that this record does a really good job of conveying what we do and what we’re about,” says singer, frontman, and songwriter Charlie Starr.
Holding All The Roses is also the band’s first record with noted producer, mixer, and musician Brendan O’Brien, best known for his work with The Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Bruce Springsteen to name a few. Brendan was the producer the band had always wanted to work with. “We didn’t go in and overthink any of the arrangements of the songs with preproduction,” Starr told Lagniappe Weekly in early October. “We just talked on the phone and we went in the studio. We did it and eight days later, we were finished.”
Blackberry decided to go with Rounder after Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label which released The Whippoorwill wasn’t working out. “Southern Ground kind of got shook up, and Zac kind of dissolved it for a while. It was a shame, because he’s our friend. It’s a shame to see a friend have something that doesn’t or didn’t work.”
Starr says listeners can expect more contrast on Holding All The Roses, with more harder-edged material, but also more laid-back material on the 12-track album. “People who enjoyed the ride of ‘The Whippoorwill’ and the way those songs flowed, these are more up and down.”
The band, which is currently in Europe, is also planning to tour the album hard and heavy, including a tour with Leon Virgil Bowers in March.
“The plan for this record is to go out and play as much as we can, and just take it to the people,” Charlie Starr continues. “There’s so much that’s out of your hands when you release a record, but that’s the part that we can control. That, and making an effort to make a better record every time.”
Holding All The Roses is currently available of pre-order, including in limited-edition red vinyl.
Holding All The Roses Track List:
1. Let Me Help You (Find the Door)
2. Holding All the Roses
3. Living in the Song
4. Rock and Roll Again
5. Woman in the Moon
6. Too High
7. Wish in One Hand
8. Randolph County Farewell
9. Payback’s a Bitch
10. Lay It All on Me
11. No Way Back to Eden
12. Fire in the Hole