Blackberry Smoke‘s first official live album “Leave A Scar (Live in North Carolina)” follows three great albums, so with enough material to choose from the track listing seems to be bursting at the seems with southern rock blues melodies.
Those unfamiliar with Blackberry Smoke but have dabbled in the modern old school rock scene through bands like Black Stone Cherry or the The Black Crowes will no doubt see the attraction, especially when granted the live situation. Those who already know the band won’t even need convincing regarding this live album.
From the get go with ‘Shakin’ Hands with the Holy Ghost’ the vibe is one to make you smile. Up beat and a properly joyful atmosphere are key components in this live album. It works as a promotion for the tour, because if you enjoy this you’ll probably go and see them live. They’ve packed in the songs as well, over 20 songs in 1 hour and 40 minutes. Filled to the brim with southern rock anthems.
The vibe never really drops either. 11 songs in at ‘Crimson Moon’ the music still makes you want to sway and sip on a soothing drink in the sunshine. ‘The Whippoorwill’ is probably the standout track, at least of the first disk. Bringing the mood down and unearthing the softer melodies that play behind the heavy riffing.
Definitely one for anyone with a penchant for all things southern. A joy to listen to and a joy to experience. Some music just makes you smile, this is one of them. Probably best played in a open-top car, windows down, in the summer sunshine.