Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Southern rock's hottest property, BLACKBERRY SMOKE have launched a lyric video for "Let Me Help You (Find the Door)", taken from their forthcoming fourth studio album, 'Holding All the Roses', set for release on 9th February 2015 through Earache Records.

Check out the video on YouTube at or on Vimeo at

Produced by studio legend Brendan O'Brien (AC/DC, PEARL JAM, SOUNDGARDEN, THE BLACK CROWES), 'Holding All the Roses' follows the band's double live album/DVD set, 'Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina', which romped into the UK national album chart at #35, and February 2014's UK Top 30 album, 'The Whippoorwill'.  The album cycle saw the five-piece make three visits to the UK, with each batch of dates selling out in advance, even with numerous upgraded venues.

With plaudits across the board from MOJO, Classic Rock, The Guardian and The Times, the future for BLACKBERRY SMOKE looks exciting.  Plans are underway for a live return next summer.  Watch this space.

'Holding All the Roses' is available to pre-order in an array of collectible formats, including a signed CD, various CD/t-shirt bundles, delicious coloured vinyl versions, plus a special limited edition box set which can be pre-ordered over at

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Friday, November 07, 2014


Long Beach, California's RIVAL SONS are due to kick off a headlining European tour this Sunday, November 9th in Frankfurt, Germany.

The hotly-tipped tour follows the band's phenomenal performance at the star-studded Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards in LA earlier this week, as well as recent TV appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman in the USA and Later... with Jools Holland in the UK, reaching millions of households on both sides of the Atlantic in the process.

With more and more RIVAL SONS tour dates starting to sell out, fans are urged to get tickets quickly to avoid disappointment.

Nov. 09 - Frankfurt, Germany - Gibson
Nov. 10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 11 - Paris, France - Trianon (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 13 - Cologne, Germany - Buergerhaus Sollwerk
Nov. 14 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 15 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
Nov. 16 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan
Nov. 18 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
Nov. 19 - Malmo, Sweden - KB (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 20 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 22 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik (SOLD OUT)
Nov. 23 - Stockholm, Sweden - Munchenbryggeriet
Nov. 25 - Helsinki, Finland - Club Circus
Nov. 26 - Tallinn, Estonia - Rock Cafe
Nov. 28 - Warsaw, Poland - Proxima
Nov. 29 - Prague, Czech Republic - Futurum
Nov. 30 - Vienna, Austria - Arena (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 01 - Munich, Germany - Strom (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 03 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 04 - Solothurn, Switzerland - Kofmehl
Dec. 05 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 3
Dec. 06 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi
Dec. 08 - Portsmouth, UK - Pyramid Centre
Dec. 09 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 10 - London, UK - The Forum (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 11 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 13 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 14 - Glasgow, UK - ABC (SOLD OUT)
Dec. 15 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Dec. 16 - Norwich, UK - UEA

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RIVAL SONS' new album, Great Western Valkyrie, is available now and stormed into the charts around the world upon its release.  Get the album now on digisleeve CD and limited edition vinyl LP at

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Watch RIVAL SONS' music video for the single "Open My Eyes" at

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Monday, November 03, 2014


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.

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.

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

The track is also available now on Spotify in Europe at

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."

The critics agree. The Washington Post proclaimed them “a band that can reclaim Southern Rock for the South,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution declared, “The Atlanta quintet is the real deal.” Billboard praised their “epic-sounding ballads,” and The New Orleans Times-Picayune called them "an airtight band that is far smarter and more sophisticated than casual observers may realize... Blackberry Smoke's amalgamation of hearty Southern rock, alt-country and deep soul is equally suited for roadhouses or arenas."

The acclaim extends to the other side of the Atlantic.  The London Times noted, "Unpretentious and as musically tight as you would expect a band who plays night after night would be, Blackberry Smoke brought a little bit of Georgia sunshine to a rainy night in London."  The English hard-rock journal Kerrang! proclaimed, "Blackberry Smoke are now a Big Deal...  They've achieved it simply because they're awesome."

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. 03 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
Nov. 04 - Esbjerg, Denmark - Tobakken
Nov. 06 - Malmö, Sweden - KB
Nov. 07 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
Nov. 08 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Nov. 09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tryol

Pre-order Holding All the Roses now in Europe on CD, vinyl LP and limited edition box set at

The album is also available to pre-order on iTunes in Europe, featuring an exclusive bonus track, at

Pre-order Holding All the Roses in the USA at

View the cover art for Holding All the Roses at

See a new photo of the band at (credit: Ross Halfin)

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