Charlie Starr

Charlie Starr & Benji Shanks (Blackberry Smoke) Bring All-Acoustic Session to The Funky Biscuit

Charlie Starr & Benji Shanks (Blackberry Smoke) Bring All-Acoustic Session to The Funky Biscuit. Longtime fans of Blackberry Smoke filled The Funky Biscuit to capacity for An Evening With Charlie Starr and Benji Shanks, a set of four shows over two nights on June 5 & 6 at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, Florida. Charlie Starr serves as a founding member, frontman and lead guitarist for Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke, and last year the band added guitar virtuoso Benji Shanks as a full-time touring member. The two have played together outside of Blackberry Smoke before, several times in years past, so seeing both musicians smiling and genuinely having a good time was a welcome site to those who have missed live, in-person shows over the past year. During the relaxed jam session, both Starr and Shanks interacted and shared road stories both past and present. Starr returned to touring solo shows earlier this year; his last solo show was in Macon, Georgia, January 15, 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on in-person live shows. Fans of both Starr and Shanks bought every table, standing space, and crevice available for the four shows, and the Biscuit provided an intimate venue to see the all-acoustic set by the two talented Southern rockers.
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The JamBase Podcast: Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr

Episode 81 of The JamBase Podcast, a partner of the Osiris Media Network, features an interview with Blackberry Smoke frontman Charlie Starr. JamBase’s Scott Bernstein chatted with Starr about the recently released BBS album, You Hear Georgia, the band’s upcoming Spirit Of The South Tour, performing during the pandemic and more.
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A Conversation With Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke)

Is there anyone red-hot Nashville producer Dave Cobb hasn’t produced? His latest in a long list of recent clients: Smyrna, Ga.’s Blackberry Smoke, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of You Hear Georgia (3 Legged/Thirty Tigers). A steadfast tribute to their home state and all its polarities and contradictions, the quintet’s seventh full-length shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with its straight-down-the-middle blend of country, R&B, hard rock and Southern boogie. Relentless road hogs, Charlie Starr and the rest of the band know they’ve got a live one on their hands, with tracks like “Hey Delilah,” “Live It Down” and “All Rise Again” (with Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes) just begging to be aired out onstage in a post-COVID spate of touring.

Q&A: Charlie Starr and Blackberry Smoke roar out of the pandemic with album, tour

Blackberry Smoke has much to celebrate. This year marks the Atlanta band’s 20th anniversary together. The Southern rock group has continued to make music despite COVID-19, including a new studio album, You Hear Georgia, which is out today. The album features guest appearances by Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson and the Black Bettys, and was overseen by Nashville’s hottest producer, Georgia native Dave Cobb.

Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr on writing with Warren Haynes and being a three-guitar band

Recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville, Tennessee, Blackberry Smoke’s seventh studio LP was produced by “extreme guitar nerd” and Grammy winner Dave Cobb, “We’d all been in lockdown for a few months before we started, so everyone was chomping at the bit to get some work done,” says frontman Charlie Starr of this, their first album with three guitar players.

That Sounds Like Us: Charlie Starr Talks New Blackberry Smoke Album, Gears Up for January 29-30 at the Hargray Capitol Theatre

Charlie Starr and Benji Shanks return to the Hargray Capitol Theatre for a quartet of performances on January 29th & 30th! Starr, frontman for the Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke, has already spent a great deal of quality time in Macon over the last year. The band marked the official return of recording to the newly renovated rooms at Mercer Music at Capricorn with Live From Capricorn Sound Studios, a 6-song EP to benefit COVID-19 relief through MusiCares. A second jaunt to the legendary studio last October saw Starr back in town for sessions involving fellow Alabamian, singer-songwriter Adam Hood– and Brent Cobb in his debut at the helm as a producer. In between both of those projects, Blackberry Smoke took the opportunity to join sonic guru Dave Cobb (Brent’s cousin ICYDK) for a new album captured in Nashville’s hallowed RCA Studio A. Charlie took some time to share a few details on the new band effort as well as a small solo adventure, his hopes for the future of the Spirit of the South tour, and the ironic intimacy of socially distanced shows.