In keeping with the myriad of Fall tour announcements here is the latest skinny from Aaron Lewis (Staind) and the band Blackberry Smoke. Check out the poster, press copy and dates and I will close us out at the end. Enjoy.
The Press Release:
Aaron Lewis and Blackberry Smoke will team up for the “Sinners and Sanctified Tour” this fall. The extensive co-headlining tour will kick-off on October 12 at Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium and includes stops at Houston’s Ziegenbock Festival, Charlotte’s Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, New York’s Terminal 5 and Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre among many others. Pre-sale begins tomorrow with general on-sale launching this Friday at 10:00am local time. See below for complete itinerary.
The Tour Dates:
October 12 Shreveport, La. – Municipal Auditorium
October 13 Irving, Texas – The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
October 14 Houston, Texas – Ziegenbock Festival
October 26 Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 27 Oxon Hill, Md. – MGM National Harbor
October 28 Pikeville, Ky. – Eastern KY Expo Center
October 29 Macon, Ga. – The Macon Centreplex
November 02 Little Rock, Ark. – Verizon Arena
November 03 Tupelo, Ms. – BancorpSouth Arena
November 04 Evansville, Ind. – Old National Events Plaza
November 05 Huntsville, Ala. – Von Braun Center
November 08 Indiana, Pa. – Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex
November 09 Grand Rapids, Mich. – 20 Monroe Live
November 11 Warren, Ohio – Packard Music Hall
November 15 Salisbury, Md. – Wicomico Civic Center
November 16 Upper Darby (Philadelphia), Pa. – Tower Theatre
November 17 – Charleston, W.Va. – Charleston Municipal Auditorium
About Aaron Lewis: Aaron Lewis, the self-proclaimed “Northern Redneck” and Staind front man, achieved critical and commercial success with his latest album, SINNER, which earned him the #1 position on the Billboard Top 200 Albums, Top Country Albums and Top Digital Albums Charts upon release. The 12-track project, voted one of Whiskey Riff’s 40 Best Country Albums of 2016, was recorded in 16 hours at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios with producer Buddy Cannon (George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones). Lewis penned eight of the songs, in addition to covering Chris Stapleton’s “Whiskey and You” and The Dixie Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier.” Additionally, Lewis collaborates with Willie Nelson on the album’s title track while Grammy Award-winning artists Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Vince Gill are also featured. SINNER was also one of Billboard’s 10 Best Country Albums of 2016, while The Boot raves, “Aaron Lewis shows a surprising understanding and respect for country music with his latest album, SINNER. Drawing from his childhood influences of listening to country music in his grandfather’s car, SINNER shows Aaron’s abilities as a singer, songwriter, musician and stylist. SINNER might just be the record that propels Aaron to a permanent place in country music.”
About Blackberry Smoke: Blackberry Smoke’s acclaimed new album Like An Arrow debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Country Albums and Americana Albums charts as well as No. 3 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart. Recorded just outside of the band’s native Atlanta at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, GA, the 12-track album was self-produced and features very special guest Gregg Allman on the album’s closing track, “Free On The Wing.” Of the album, 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.” Named “Country music’s most ferocious live band” by Rolling Stone, Blackberry Smoke has toured relentlessly since their debut in in 2001, building a strong and loyal community of fans. The five-piece band is made up of: Charlie Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Brandon Still (keyboards).
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I really loved the first album by Staind when it was being blasted across the radio airwaves of the time and I even managed to catch them once in the not too distant past but nowadays it seems as though singer Lewis is focusing on the Country side of music. Recently we gave his single “Folded Flag” an overview which you can read HERE if you didn’t happen to see it and it was a really powerful track. I don’t really review a lot of Country stuff here on the website but when it’s a main name you tend to make an exception. Blackberry Smoke is another band that I have wanted to catch in action for the longest time but sadly NONE of these dates are heading my way so I will be counting on your readers in the regions that they are visiting to fill me in on the proceedings. What do you think of this tour? Is it something that you are going to start planning for? Let me know down in the comments section below.