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Gig Photos: Blackberry Smoke at Bronson Centre Music Theatre

By Marc Lepage on March 13, 2020

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Based out of Sarnia, Ontario and described as “a barebones style of country blues mixed with the lively backdrops of classic southern rock ‘n’ roll,” the Cory James Mitchell Band dropped an awesome opening set.

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The band kept the sizeable early crowd on their feet from the moment they started. Mid-set, Cory joked that this would normally be where they would throw in a Blackberry Smoke cover, but that they wouldn’t be doing that tonight.

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Blackberry Smoke brought their Till The Wheels Fall Off Tour to a packed Bronson Centre Music Theatre crowd last night.

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Paul Jackson did double duty, providing sweet southern rock riffs and backing vocals.

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Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000, the band have released six studio albums and two live albums, including 2019’s, Homecoming Live in Atlanta.

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Lead vocalist Charlie Starr takes to the front of the stage, much to the delight of the front row fans who showed up early to stake out the prime real estate in front of the stage.

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True to their southern rock style, and of those before them, Blackberry Smoke’s relies heavily on the interplay of both Starr and Jackson’s guitar work.

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On keys, Brandon Still adds a layer of depth and texture to the band’s music.

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As a guitar player, I couldn’t help but admire Starr’s custom engraved Telecaster, which sounded as good as it looked.

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Blackberry Smoke has had two Billboard chart-topping country albums, 2015’s Holding All The Roses and 2016’s Like An Arrow.

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Despite the ongoing developments affecting concerts and other large gatherings, fans came out in large numbers to fill the Bronson Centre while they still could and the band definitely appreciated the capacity crowd.

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Regarding the band, Charlie Starr has been quoted as saying, “We’re all like-minded in that we all want to explore,” and the band’s ability to showcase southern rock, blues, country and folk influences, is proof of that.

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Filling the Bronson Centre Music Theatre from front to back, eager fans were treated to a set which was filled with material from throughout the band’s almost 20 year catalog.


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