Blackberry Smoke & Others to Celebrate “Spirit of South” On Tour

It should be of no surprise to anyone that Blackberry Smoke will be hitting the road hard and heavy during the upcoming summer, but this time they’re doing something unique. Instead of playing the regular rotation of tour stops and rolling through their regular hits, they’re teaming up with the recently-formed Allman Betts Band featuring offspring of the Allman Brothers, the Wild Feathers, and founding Allman Brothers Band member Jaimoe for the “Spirit of the South Tour: A Celebration of Southern Rock and Roll.”

Featuring 27 dates starting in July and ending in August, the package show will afford you the opportunity to get plenty of your fill of Blackberry Smoke music, as well as opportunities to enjoy the other bands in full slots. But then you’ll get something you can’t see with any of these bands individually.

“On this tour we’d like to celebrate the musical freedom championed by those pioneers, and maybe help tell the story,” says Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr. “It’s not only what people think of as Southern Rock, but all the elements in Rock and Roll that make it Southern. It’s blues, gospel, soul, jazz and bluegrass…everything that took root in the South and spread all over the world. We feel this tour is going to give us all a unique opportunity for something really special.”

How are they planning on doing this?

“What will be exceptional is we were able to carve out time nightly for a jam at then end of the show that includes bringing those guys back up, with our band, and we have our friend, the legendary Jaimoe, up every night,” Charlie Starr explains. “There will even be some surprise guests who will join in that will allow us to change up the encore jam from show to show. This is going to let us stretch out musically and perform songs that continue to inspire generations of artists and fans of Southern Music. There are a lot of moving pieces doing something of this magnitude, but I think everyone will love the Celebration!”

Blackberry Smoke is also partnering with the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon, Georgia, to create a mobile museum for the tour featuring archival items, instruments, and rare family photographs from the legendary Southern rock band that will travel with them, and will be included with the price of admission.

Also a heads up to all those Southern Rock fans in Canada, Blackberry Smoke will be playing multiple dates up there in March. They also will be playing the “Lynyrd Skynyrd & Frynds Simple Man Jam: A Family Reunion” on August 21st in Orlando, and are helping to headline the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September in Bristol, TN/VA.

Spirit of the South Tour

July 17 – Maryland Heights, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
July 18 – Indianapolis, IN – Amphitheater at White River State Park
July 19 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
July 21 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights
July 23 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
July 24 – Westbrook, ME – Maine Savings Pavilion
July 25 – Long Creek, NB – The Long Creek Roundup
July 26 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
July 28 – Bridgeport, CT – Harbor Yard Amphitheater
July 29 – New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 17
July 31 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at RMC
August 1 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
August 2 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
August 4 – Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces Outdoor Arena
August 6 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
August 7 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center
August 8 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
August 9 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
August 11 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
August 13 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
August 14 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
August 15 – Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater
August 16 – Simpsonville, SC – CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
August 18 – Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union
August 20 – North Myrtle, SC – House of Blues
August 22 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place