Blackberry Smoke release Holding All The Roses

Holding All the Roses compellingly captures the energy, attitude and honesty that have already helped to make Blackberry Smoke one of America's hottest live rock 'n' roll outfits, as well as a grass-roots phenomenon with a large and fiercely loyal fan base.

On February 9, 2015,  Atlanta’s Blackberry Smoke will release Holding All the Roses, the band’s fourth studio album.  'I think that this record does a really good job of conveying what we do and what we're about,' says singer-guitarist-songwriter Charlie Starr.

The 12-song set - produced by Brendan O'Brien, whose previous production clients have included AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young - showcases the Atlanta-based quintet's emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country, with Starr's raspy twang matched by his and Paul Jackson's snarling guitars, Brandon Still's hauntingly expressive organ and piano, and the propulsive sibling rhythm section of Richard and Brit Turner. The songs' musical and emotional appeal is further elevated by the band's three-part vocal harmonies and expanded arrangements that make judicious use of fiddle and added percussion.

Listen to the album's first single, Let Me Help You (Find the Door), at http://youtu.be/kSzUeRYDQPY

The track is also available now on Spotify in Europe at http://spoti.fi/1xT9SdY

The musical maturity that's on display throughout Holding All the Roses underlines Blackberry Smoke's steady evolution from rough-edged club act to arena-ready rock 'n' roll juggernaut. Since its formation in 2000, the band has never shied away from hard work, playing more than 250 shows a year and building an ever-expanding audience on the strength of its live shows, and with a noticeable lack of mainstream hype.

'We've built our audience one fan at a time,' states drummer Brit Turner. 'Sometimes it feels like we know every one of them personally, and we're constantly amazed and moved by their loyalty and passion.'

Along the way, Blackberry Smoke has found time to record a handful of independent releases, including the albums Bad Luck Ain't No Crime, Little Piece of Dixie, and The Whippoorwill, plus a pair of EPs, the concert DVD Live at the Georgia Theatre, and the live CD/DVD set Leave A Scar.

In addition to winning fans and friends throughout the United States, they've toured Europe three times, had their songs featured in movie and video-game soundtracks, and performed for country legend George Jones (who guested on the band's second album) on his 80th birthday.

Jones isn't the only notable artist who's come out as a Blackberry Smoke fan. Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Grace Potter and the Zac Brown Band have all gone on record as admirers, while ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons admiringly advised, 'The band is tight enough. Quit practicing!,' and no less an authority than Gregg Allman stated 'That band is gonna put Southern Rock back on the map.'

While the five bandmates are excited at the potential of reaching new listeners, they're not planning on altering their approach for mass consumption.

'The plan for this record,' Charlie says, 'is to go out and play as much as we can, and just take it to the people. There's so much that's out of your hands when you release a record, but that's the part that we can control. That, and making an effort to make a better record every time.'

The band is presently on tour in Europe with support from Aussie hard rockers Massive. Don't miss them at the following remaining shows:

Nov. 06 - Malmö, Sweden - KB
Nov. 07 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
Nov. 08 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Nov. 09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tryol