Blackberry Smoke – Be Right Here


Blackberry Smoke - Be Right Here

Blackberry Smoke – Be Right Here
Format: CD – Vinyl LP – Digital
Label: Thirty Tigers
Release: 2024

Release date: February 16, 2024

When Charlie Starr started writing the songs that would become Blackberry Smoke’s new album, ‘Be Right Here,’ the first tune the vocalist/lead guitarist worked up was “Dig A Hole”

Formed by an old guitar riff married with a Wurlitzer chorus riff written by keyboardist Brandon Still, the swampy psychedelic-rock song is a powerful statement about choosing your path in life—whether you want to give into temptation or walk a more righteous road.

“In life, we all are faced with choices,” Starr says. “Are we going to do good, or are we going to do bad? Are we going to love, or are we going to hate? We have a finite amount of time, each of us on this Earth. So probably want to make the best out of it instead of wasting time.”

“Dig A Hole” is the lead track on Be Right Here and sets the tone for another expansive set of rock ‘n’ roll from Blackberry Smoke. Asalways, the Georgia-based band—Starr, Still, guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson, bassist/vocalist Richard Turner and drummer Brit Turner—draw inspiration from Southern rock, blues-leaning classic rock and rootsy vintage country. But on Be Right Here, Blackberry Smoke sound even more self-assured, from the strength of their songwriting to their musical execution.

Over the past two decades, Blackberry Smoke has developed this confidence and amassed a loyal fanbase, leading their last five full-length albums to achieve great chart success, including 2021’s You Hear Georgia, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart.

The band wrote and recorded You Hear Georgia during the most intense periods of the pandemic but held off on releasing it until they could go tour again. Starr says Blackberry Smoke took the same deliberate approach with Be Right Here, which was recorded in late 2022 and early 2023, around the same time drummer Brit Turner was diagnosed with a type of brain tumor known as Glioblastoma. “We didn’t feel a whole lot of pressure to go in and make this one quickly,” Starr shares. Today, Turner continues to receive treatment while remaining an active and steadfast force in the band.


01. Dig A Hole
02. Hammer And The Nail
03. Like It Was Yesterday
04. Be So Lucky
05. Azalea
06. Don’t Mind If I Do
07. Whatcha Know Good
08. Other Side of the Light
09. Little Bit Crazy
10. Barefoot Angel