The Rock City archives: 2016


  • Thursday 23rd June 2016
  • Supported by: TBC

"A lot of country now is leaning more toward rock and a Southern rock feel. But of every artist I can think of in recent memory that has been called 'Southern rock,' the most authentic one I heard is Blackberry Smoke," Keifer tells Rolling Stone Country. "I remember hearing them the first time and thinking, 'This is the real deal.' It felt as real to me as the Allmans or Skynyrd." Keifer's comments are on the money. With Blackberry Smoke leading the charge, country music is in the midst of a Southern rock resurgence, as likeminded groups such as the Cadillac Three and A Thousand Horses ready new albums. Today, the Cadillac Three premiered their new single "White Lightning'" on Sirius/XM, while A Thousand Horses' "Smoke" enters the Top 10 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. The Number One debut of Holding All the Roses certainly backs up the idea that country is the new home of Southern rock. And with album cuts like "Too High," for which the band filmed a spooky meth-lab video, and "Lay It All on Me" (co-written with Nashville songwriter Travis Meadows) incorporating fiddle and pedal steel into the mix, it sounds like a natural union. Read more: