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Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke have announced new dates for an extensive tour giving praise to their musical heritage.

BLACKBERRY SMOKE have announced a string of UK shows, as part of a full European tour in early 2022.

The Atlanta, GA-based band are set to bring their southern rockin’ sounds to these shores next February. Special guests on the tour are Nashville 4-piece, The Steel Woods. Full dates are detailed below.

The Georgia group’s headlining Spirit of the South Tour: A Celebration of Southern Rock N Roll will once again take to the stage in Dublin’s iconic, Olympia Theatre in March 2022 as well as select dates across the EU and UK, which you can see below:

Throughout their career, Blackberry Smoke— vocalist/lead guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson, bassist/vocalist Richard Turner, drummer Brit Turner, and keyboardist Brandon Still—has embodied Georgia’s rich musical legacy, honouring the people, places, and sounds of their home state. As the band celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, their reverence for Georgia has only deepened.

On their latest album, You Hear Georgia, the follow-up to 2018’s critically acclaimed Find a Light, Blackberry Smoke is further celebrating these roots with 10 new songs that feel like Georgia, accented by the addition of Grammy-winning producer and fellow Georgia-native, Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile). “Dave and I had spoken for the last few years about making a record,” Starr says. “Finally, it worked out, our schedule and his schedule, and we said, yes—let’s make a record.

You Hear Georgia reinforces that the band members have come so far together because they also can rely on one another for support and creative direction, no matter what the circumstances.

Having played music together for so long, it does become a sort of a telepathic thing, where we all are nodding our head at the same time, like, ‘A-ha, I know what this feels like,’ or what it should feel and sound like,” Starr says. “That’s what makes it so enjoyable to be in a band: to play with the same dudes decade after decade,” he adds. “Because when you land on something that works to you, you don’t want to stop. You want to keep doing it.”

Tickets will be available from Friday, June 4th from €29.90 [inc booking fee] via Ticketmaster.

General on-sale is at 9 am local time on Friday, June 4th, with selected pre-sales starting at 9 am on Wednesday, June 2nd, and Thursday, June 3rd. Pick up your tickets from this link.

Oran O’Beirne 2021