BLACKBERRY SMOKE: New Single – ‘Ain’t The Same’

BLACKBERRY SMOKE have released another new track, Ain’t The Same, taken from their hotly anticipated seventh studio album, You Hear Georgia, set for release on May 28th via 3 Legged Records/Thirty Tigers.

Speaking about the track, frontman and guitarist, Charlie Starr shares, “I wrote this song with Keith Nelson after spending time with a friend who is a veteran and suffers from PTSD. It’s the story of a young soldier going from one battlefield overseas to another kind of battlefield at home, and basically being forced to deal with it alone.”

2021 marks the Atlanta, Georgia-based band’s 20th Anniversary and last month they unveiled the album’s title track, which you can check out here. You can pre-order the album, with a red/yellow marbled limited edition vinyl exclusively available at UK indie stores, as well as bundles and a red edition at the European D2C Store.

Across the collection’s ten new songs, BLACKBERRY SMOKE continue to embody their native Georgia’s rich musical legacy as they have for the past two decades, honouring the people, places and sounds of their home state. With the addition of producer Dave Cobb, a fellow Georgian, the new album pays homage to the band’s deep respect for their roots.

This new album sees fresh members joining the band’s touring ranks, with Benji Shanks bringing additional guitars and Preston Holcomb joining on percussion. The new album also features special guest appearances from Jamey Johnson (Lonesome For A Livin’) and Warren Haynes (All Rise Again), as well as background vocals from The Black Bettys.

You Hear Georgia follows the release of 2018’s critically acclaimed Find A Light, which debuted at #12 on the Official UK Album Chart and arrived as the best-selling Country & Americana/Folk album in the USA, entering at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart and #2 on the Billboard Americana/Folk chart.

Following the release of Find A Light, BLACKBERRY SMOKE embarked on three additional projects – a live album & concert film, Homecoming: Live In Atlanta, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Album Sales chart, a 6-song acoustic EP, The Southern Ground Sessions and Live From Capricorn Sound Studios, an EP of six cover songs with special ties to the historic Georgia studio. Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, the band kept busy with four livestream ‘Pandemic Jam’ online events, enabling them to share their music with fans across the globe. Expect plans for BLACKBERRY SMOKE’s 2021 touring in due course.

In addition to their work as musicians, BLACKBERRY SMOKE remain committed to charitable work and have raised nearly $500,000 to benefit children’s cancer research.

OU HEAR GEORGIA track listing;

1. Live It Down
2. You Hear Georgia
3. Hey Delilah
4. Ain’t The Same
5. Lonesome For A Livin’ (feat. Jamey Johnson)
6. All Rise Again (feat. Warren Haynes)
7. Old Enough To Know
8. Morningside
9. All Over The Road
10. Old Scarecrow


Charlie Starr – Lead vocals/Guitar
Paul Jackson – Guitar/B.vox
Richard Turner – Bass/B.vox
Brandon Still – Keyboards
Brit Turner – Drums/Percussion
Benji Shanks – Guitar (touring)
Preston Holcomb – Percussion (touring)

For more information, please visit the band’s website:

Photo credit – Jo Lopez

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