Blackberry Smoke, North Mississippi Allstars & Unknown Hinson, 9/8/12
Blackberry Smoke”s Brothers & Sisters Festival ft. North Mississippi Allstars & Unknown Hinson
Masquerade Music Park
September 12, 2012
Blackberry Smoke are anything but a new outfit. In fact, the southern rock band with a heavy twang has been purveying their brand for over a decade, but it wasn”t until being noticed (and eventually signed) by Zac Brown”s Southern Ground record label that the group”s sound began reaching the masses. (Their 2009 album, Little Piece of Dixie, failed to chart on any level, whereas 2012″s The Whippoorwill reached numbers 8 & 40 on Billboard”s country and top 200, respectively.)
The band”s spike in popularity couldn”t have been more evident than it was on this night at Atlanta”s Masquerade Music Park where the band headlined an event dubbed the “Brothers & Sisters” Festival.
Welcoming Unknown Hinson (Christian name: Stuart Daniel Baker) — and his (oxymoronic) morosely funny take on the state of affairs in 1950s outlaw country music — and North Mississippi Allstars — with their raucous blend of delta blues inspired southern jam-rock, it was as though the Blackberry Smokers had selected two bands whose sounds and attitude is heavily represented in their own brand. In other words, the two very diverse acts perfectly set the stage for the evening”s headlining act — who would go on to build off of what had been constructed before kicking things fully into their own gear… rocking the gathered faithful well into the night.
Oh, and at one point, Blackberry Smokeshared the stage with Benji Shanks, NMA”s Luther Dickinson and some dude named Rich Robinson.
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