Blackberry Smoke presenting the donation to Ashley Baker, Development Officer, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Photo credit: Rick Diamond, Getty Images
Blackberry Smoke donated $40,000 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta last week at their 5th Annual Holiday Homecoming show at Atlanta’s The Tabernacle. In the five years since the concert began, the band has donated almost $200,000 to children’s cancer research.
Of the generous donation, Douglas K. Graham, MD, PhD, director of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta comments, “Blackberry Smoke understands how cancer is a devastating diagnosis for anyone, but it’s especially cruel when it strikes a child. Due to Blackberry Smoke’s previous support, I know they share my belief that every child deserves a lifetime. This urgently needed gift will help fuel research for lifesaving cancer treatments, and help improve the lives of the children with cancer and blood disorders who come to us to get well. And for that, we are so grateful.”
Since their debut in 2001, the 5-piece band—consisting of Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards)—has released four full-length studio albums, including their most recent, Like An Arrow, which features special guest Gregg Allman on the closing track, “Free On The Wing” (purchase here).
Released to widespread praise, American Songwriter praises, “…Blackberry Smoke fills the bill for the next generation of gutsy, heartfelt and honest Southeast rocking with plenty of talent, tons of drive and no apologies,” while the Boston Globe asserts, “…the needle can be dropped on Like an Arrow until its grooves become as well-worn as the classic albums that inspired this band of country-rock workhorses,” while Entertainment Weekly calls it, “the most freewheelin’ collection of their decade-and-a-half career.” Watch the band’s recent performance of the album’s single, “Waiting For The Thunder,” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” HERE.
The acclaimed band will continue their extensive nationwide tour into 2018. See below for complete tour details.
BLACKBERRY SMOKE CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
December 9—Asheville, NC—Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas JamDecember 31—Austin, TX—ACL Live at the Moody TheatreJanuary 19—New Orleans, LA—House of BluesJanuary 20—New Orleans, LA—House of BluesJanuary 22-26—The Outlaw Country CruiseFebruary 8—Kansas City, MO—Uptown Theatre*February 9—Tulsa, OK—Cain’s Ballroom*February 10—Robinsville, MS—Horseshoe Tunica*February 15—St. Louis, MO—The Pageant*February 16—Glasgow, KY—Plaza Theatre*February 17—Glasgow, KY—Plaza Theatre*February 22—Augusta, GA—The Bell Auditorium*February 23—Chattanooga, TN—Tivoli Theatre*February 24—Rocky Mount, VA—Harvester Performance Center*March 1—Jacksonville, FL—Florida Theatre†March 8—Traverse City, MI—Ground Zero Showroom‡March 9—Elkhart, IN—Lerner Theatre‡March 10—Detroit, MI—Fillmore Detroit‡March 22—Brandon, MS—City Hall Live‡March 23—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre‡March 24—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre‡*with special guest Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real†with special guest Wayland‡with special guest Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
Article courtesy of Country Music Tattle Tale