Blackberry Smoke have today announced the release of their hotly anticipated new album, You Hear Georgia, on 28 May via 3 Legged Records/Thirty Tigers. The Atlanta-based band have also revealed the a video for the album’s title track, which you can watch below. You can also pre-order the album here, with a red/yellow marbled limited edition coloured vinyl exclusively available at UK indie stores, as well as bundles and a red edition at the European D2C Store.
Across the collection’s ten new songs, BLACKBERRY SMOKE continue to embody their native Georgia’s rich musical legacy as they have for the past two decades, honouring the people, places and sounds of their home state. With the addition of producer Dave Cobb, a fellow Georgian, the new album pays homage to the band’s deep respect for their roots.
Of You Hear Georgia, lead singer Charlie Starr shares, “Lyrically, the song is about the South being misunderstood. It’s obviously a rough and tumble world, and there’s a lot of bad people, but there’s a lot of good people too. It started with the idea of how people might have a pre-conceived opinion of you because of a thick Southern accent, then expanded into the reality of how some people just seem to have such a hard time getting along, thanks to political or religious views, or simply what part of the country you come from.”
The new album also features special guest appearances from Jamey Johnson (Lonesome For A Livin’) and Warren Haynes (All Rise Again), as well as background vocals from The Black Bettys.
You Hear Georgia follows the release of 2018’s Find A Light, which debuted at #12 on the Official UK Album Chart and landed as the best-selling Country & Americana/Folk album in the USA, entering at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard Americana/Folk Albums chart. Released to broad critical acclaim, Guitar World declared the band “one of the hottest and most exciting acts around,” and Rolling Stone hailed the band as “part of a lineage that shares a love of Petty, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr., able to ride an Americana vibe or peel off a stomping riff and tie it all together without a hint of pretense.”
Following the release of Find A Light, the band embarked on three additional projects – a live album & concert film, Homecoming: Live In Atlanta, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Album Sales chart, a 6-song acoustic EP, The Southern Ground Sessions and Live From Capricorn Sound Studios, an EP of six cover songs with special ties to the historic Georgia studio.
Since forming in 2001, BLACKBERRY SMOKE has continued to tour relentlessly, building a strong and loyal community of fans. Their music has also been prominently featured in the hit TV show, Yellowstone and they’ve performed on BBC TV’s Later With Jools Holland and NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly.
In addition to their work as musicians, BLACKBERRY SMOKE remain committed to charitable work and have raised nearly $500,000 to benefit children’s cancer research.