Brit Turner—Heartbeat of Blackberry Smoke—Has Heart Attack
Sad and scary news out of the Blackberry Smoke camp as word has come down that the long-time drummer for the band, Brit Turner, suffered a serious heart attack on Sunday, August 14th while at his home in Atlanta. Luckily, Turner was able to make it to the hospital on time, where he received a stent in his coronary artery and is currently in stable condition and recovering.
“For this reason we have made the decision to postpone the show at the St. Louis Music Park with Jamey Johnson and Ella Langley originally scheduled for TUES, AUG 16,” the band said in a statement. “The new date is TUES SEPT 13. All tickets for the show will be honored. We will resume our regular touring schedule beginning this Thurs AUG 18 in Wichita, KS at WAVE. We will perform acoustic shows until Brit is able to rejoin the tour. We thank you all for your understanding, support, and prayers.”
Those who know about Blackberry Smoke, they know that Brit Turner is not just the drummer and a founding member of the band, but the heartbeat and big brother of the Atlanta-based group, helping to keep Blackberry Smoke together since its formation in 2000, while chronicling the band all along the way, keeping collections of all the accolades, accomplishments, tour posters, credentials, and everything else. In the 2014 concert movie Blackberry Smoke Live in North Carolina by Judd Films, the band’s frontman Charlie Starr says,
“Brit, he is 100% Mr. Blackberry Smoke in that he is the keeper and archivist of all things Blackberry Smoke. If it weren’t for Brit, we might have given up a long time ago. Brit was the constant—the adult. The other three of us were like kids. He was the one that kept us all together. We were like a herd of cats. And I’m sure I took years off his life with all that mayhem.”
Born in Mt. Clemons, Michigan, but raised in the Atlanta area, Brit Turner is the brother of Blackberry Smoke bass player Richard Turner. Brit received a snare drum for Christmas when he was in the sixth grade, and there was no turning back. The two brothers played in a heavy metal band throughout the 80s and 90s that opened for Iron Maiden, Metallica, Motörhead, and others before they transitioned to more rock and country sounds amid the formation of Blackberry Smoke.
Blackberry Smoke has since become the flamekeepers of Southern rock, and wildly successful as an independent band, including their 2015 album Holding All The Roses becoming the first independently-released album in the modern era to go #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Their next three albums also debuted in the Top 5. Blackberry Smoke also released a 7-song Rolling Stones covers album recently called Stoned.
August 16, 2022 @ 8:34 am
Prayers for Brit and his family. 🙏
August 16, 2022 @ 8:54 am
One time recently someone asked me “what’s the difference you see in music in your life now as to when you were younger?” I said when I was younger and it was mostly Rock and Metal for the most part I knew every musicians name in every band especially the drummers being that I was one. I think in the Country/Southern Rock world so many greats go unnoticed but some of us do notice……..any Moonpie, a Cavalry drummer, a Shook guitar player. Original members matter. I hope Brit gets well and gets back out there soon. Great drummer, great band!
August 16, 2022 @ 8:59 am
Wishing Brit a speedy recovery. I’ve got tickets to see them this Friday opening for Jamey Johnson. I feel like a dick for saying it, but an acoustic show might be more fitting for this setting.
Definitely sad news for fans of the hardest working band in show business, hoping for a full recovery for Brit.
August 16, 2022 @ 9:01 am
Mr. Brit Turner.
: D Behave yourself.
Rest. Do what you are supposed to do.
Lot of people out here praying for you & the fam.
August 16, 2022 @ 10:15 am
Stoned was not released earlier this year. It’s first printing was released November 26, 2021. That’s last year, get your facts right
August 16, 2022 @ 10:55 am
According to the ISRC for the album, it was released on April 15th, 2022. I appreciate that physical copies were made available to fans earlier, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have my “facts right.” I made the wording there more ambiguous to clear up any confusion.
August 16, 2022 @ 11:00 am
Limited release on vinyl in 2021, full release April 2022. Both 2021/2022 are correct/wrong depending how you look at it.
August 16, 2022 @ 11:39 am
August 16, 2022 @ 11:01 am
Praying for Brit’s full & speedy recovery !!
Looking forward to seeing you all in Sept. at Buck Hill in Burnsville, MN. 🙏🙏🙏
God speed brothers !!!
August 16, 2022 @ 1:24 pm
Damn Brit, some people will do anything to stay out of St. Louis. Speedy recovery from us here in misery(missouri
August 17, 2022 @ 4:26 am
Dave. STL is a great city with good people and surrounded by beautiful country. Perhaps you are the miserable one not my great city.
August 16, 2022 @ 2:22 pm
brit we will be thinking of you and hope for a speedy and full recovery.
August 17, 2022 @ 1:24 pm
Get well soon!!
September 15, 2022 @ 4:08 pm
Every one here in Ireland wishing you a speedy recovery Brit looking forward to March 2023 to see ya all
Michael Alan Lacy
August 30, 2022 @ 9:16 pm
Get well soon Brit,
Richard, Charlie, Paul, Brandon, Benji & Preston, please keep the rock & roll show going on in Brit’s honor. Charlie, just as you performed with the Black Crowes in their lead guitarist absence recently, I think it’s reasonable for y’all to call upon your old friend Steve Gorman to fill in for Brit during his absence. Perhaps he can prerecord some his radio shows to accommodate your tour dates.
Robert Lee Kerns
October 26, 2022 @ 7:44 pm
Thoughts 🤔’s and Prayers 🙏’s for Britt Turner of BlackBerry Smoke. I had sent a friend request and Get Well Wishes to Britt but, No response ? Hope that all is well with You Britt. Praying for a Speedy Recovery for You Brother. Keep the FAITH !!!!! Robert Lee Kerns- National HOG ( HARLEY OWNERS GROUP ) CHAPTER MEMBER in Columbus, GA. ♠🎱🎶🎵🎼🎸 and Drummer / Percussionist. 😎