ALBANY, Ga. — When talk turns to Atlanta-based Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke, Lane Rosen says people generally fall into two categories.
“This is a band that evokes a lot of emotion from its fans,” Rosen, the managing partner of Albany’s State Theatre, said Tuesday in announcing a Blackberry Smoke performance at the venue. “You get the feeling that when it comes to the band, there are two kinds of people: fans and people who are going to be fans.”
Touring in support of their recently released “Live at the Georgia Theatre,” a recording of the band’s Aug. 5, 2011 show that featured among its special guests Zac Brown and Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie, Blackberry Smoke will bring their raucus live show to the State on Feb. 11.
“I’d like to say I’m responsible for bringing them here, but sometimes when you’re not that smart it’s better to be lucky,” Rosen said of booking BBS. “We’ve just worked hard over the years to keep a good reputation, and this is a case where a new (booking) agency contacted us.
“When we’re considering a show, I like to put the word out on Facebook and see what kind of response I get. Within 10 minutes of posting information about a possible Blackberry Smoke show, I got 15 ‘hell yeahs’.”
BBS have a hard edge to their unique brand of Southern rock and country that brings to mind forebears such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and the Marshall Tucker Band. The band — guitarist/vocalist Charlie Starr, bassist Richard Turner, keyboardist Brandon Still, drummer Brit Turner and guitarist Paul Jackson — has released a pair of studio LPs (“Bad Luck Ain’t No Crime” and “Little Piece of Dixie”) as well as two EPs (a shorter version of “Dixie” and “New Honky Tonk Bootlegs”).
The Saturday show at the State will feature opening performances by Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers and the Bo Henry Band.
Tickets for the show, which are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, go on sale today at Harvest Moon, Blush and Moe’s Southwest Grill in Albany and Backwoods Outdoors in Leesburg.
Wanee Fest lineup set
LIVE OAK, Fla. — Southern rock pioneers the Allman Brothers Band will be joined by a long list of familiar road warriors for the Wanee Music Festival 2012 at the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park here April 19-21.
Among the artists scheduled to appear at the festival are Further, featuring Grateful Dead legends Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, the Mickey Hart Band, Gov’t Mule, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jaimoe’s Jassz Band, Buddy Guy, Electric Hot Tuna, Ray Manzarek & the Roy Rogers Band, Leftover Salmon and the North Mississippi Allstars.
Others scheduled to appear over the three days of the festival are Trigger Happy, which features Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Steve Gorman, Audley Freed and Nick Govrik, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, the Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio, Soja, Conspirator, Eoto, Particle, Zach Deputy, Matt Schofield, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Charles Bradley, Bonerama, the Yeti Trio, the Jacob Jeffries Band and Bonnie Blue.
Three-day general admission tickets for the festival go on sale Friday and will stay at a reduced rate ($189.50) through Feb. 19. Price includes passes to the festival all three days and three nights of primitive camping. VIP passes, which will be available for $425 on a limited basis, include festival entry and camping as well access a private concert viewing area, private restrooms, drink specials, a Wanee VIP shirt and commemorative poster, as well as catered meals and snacks.
Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Friday at www.waneefestival.com and www.livenation.com. Information, including festival updates, is available at wwww.waneefestival.com.