Blackberry Smoke will be releasing their album, Little Piece of Dixie, through BamaJam Records on September 29, 2009. Little Piece of Dixie is true to Blackberry Smoke style and is a great mix of southern rock, bluegrass and country. Acclaimed producer Dann Huff (Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts) agreed to produce Blackberry Smoke’s second album after coming to see the band live. “We were excited because we knew what a great musician Dann is,” says Charlie Starr. “He said, ‘I love what you guys do and it’ll be great when we go into the studio that I don’t have to bring in studio musicians to play on it.”
True to his word, Huff encouraged the band to bring their road show into the studio. “We did not use any gear that we don’t have on our trailer, except for a 12-string acoustic,” remembers Charlie.
“Dann’s impressive in every aspect,” Charlie says of Huff. “He’s such a great musician and producer, with great ideas and great ears, and he has such a love for music. If we were arguing with one another, he would always help us find a middle ground.”
The result is Little Piece Of Dixie, a fresh yet familiar collection that fuses Blackberry Smoke’s diverse influences with its road-honed musicianship. The band, which pens most of its own songs, is also astute enough to realize that a great tune can come from outside its four walls. “Everybody should tip their hat to Hank Williams as the greatest songwriter that ever was,” Charlie says.
To that end, the album is a complementary mix of songs written by the band and some of Nashville’s top songwriters, including Lee Roy Parnell, David Lee Murphy, Gary Nicholson, Craig Wiseman, Randy Houser and Rob Hatch.
Over the years, the band has been known for sharing the stage with acts like ZZ Top, Montromgery Gentry, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker Band and Cross Canadian Ragweed.
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1. Good One Comin’ On
2. Like I Am
3. Bottom Of This
4. Up In Smoke
5. Sanctified Woman
6. Who Invented The Wheel
7. I’d Be Lyin’
8. Prayer For The Little Man
10. Shake Your Magnolia
11. Freedom Song