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Il­lu­mi­nat­ing rock from Brit and the Smoke

BS con­tinue to make groov­ing rock that’s the au­ral equiv­a­lent of chill­ing with a good bot­tle of Bour­bon on a wooden porch at sun­set. 2012’s The

Whip­poor­will first put Black­berry Smoke and drum­mer Brit Turner on our radar here, and the fine fol­low-up Hold All The Roses es­tab­lished them as ma­ture play­ers sit­ting in a dis­tinct groove, rhyth­mi­cally and mu­si­cally. Here they haven’t moved from that groove; the coun­try-tinged ‘Run Away From It All’, bluesy ‘Flesh And Bone’ and whiskeysoaked ‘Med­i­cate My Mind’ will please fans, while Brit’s ef­fort­less grooves are a joy. High­light ‘Lord Strike Me Dead’, is a Skynyrd-es­que slice of glo­ri­ously hooky, south­ern rock gospel. (CBu)

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