Smoking up a storm
Brit and Blackberry Smoke return
It was a case of ‘if ain’t broke don’t fix it’ as southern rock heroes Blackberry Smoke headed into the studio to track their brand new album, FindALight.
The record, the band’s sixth, was tracked at Madison Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, and saw drummer Brit Turner look to the past when it came to his rig of choeic, before opting for something a little more comfortable.
“I tried a lot of vintage drums when getting sounds but ended up using the kit I play when I’m touring,” he explains. “I used an all-mahogany Palmetto drum kit that I love. I brought about 10 snare drums to the session and wanted to take some time geting the perfect snare sound for each song.”
It seems Turner is certainly pleased with the results. “I enjoyed playing all of the songs,” he says. “When we make a record we are usually all over the place on styles and feel, but that keeps me excited about the entire record. I will say that the song ‘I’ll Keep Rambling’ [is a favourite], it is a churched-up Gospel song.”
The Smoke have enjoyed a steady rise since their breakthrough third album, TheWhippoorwill, which was released in 2012. Meanwhile, 2016’s LikeAnArrow managed to crack the UK Top 10, a first for the band, and hit the US Top 20. With FindALight set for release on 6 April, the band has a slot at the 2018Ramblin’ Man Fair to look forward to, and there’s a first on the horizon for the band as they prepare to tour the Far East.
“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at a show this year. I’m told we will go to Japan as well. That will be a first for our band and we are all very excited.”