Author: Leon Blair
The one thing that I love seeing more than anything is artistic growth. Even if it's just a little bit at a time, seeing a band continue to grow and evolve is delightful to watch. It's further proof of how hard work can pay off immensely.
Nowhere has that artistic growth been more prevalent than in Georgia based Southern-Rock band, Blackberry Smoke. Don't get me wrong, their first few albums were definitely good, and by the time they got to 2012's The Whippoorwill they were great. It was in 2015 when they really hit their stride however. That's when they released their absolutely incredible album Holding All The Roses that not only proved the band was growing, but also showed the band making what seemed to be their magnum opus at the time. It was really easy to see what they did right on that album as well. The instrumentation and production had a bite to it that really shined not only on the more overt rock tracks, but also on the softer moments as well. That's coupled with the phenomenal lyricism in a genre that doesn't really require it. Safe to say, it kicked all amounts of ass.