FOTO: Jo Lopez

Blackberry Smoke (USA)

Solid country rock, the raw roar of raucous axes from Atlanta, Georgia: the rock band Blackberry Smoke tops out the Tønder Festival programme for this year. And it will not be quiet. Blackberry Smoke have a weighty international reputation and they burn real energy when they hit the stage. They are a classic American rock band, drawing on south state rock, country, folk and blues. The band formed in 2000 and released their first album in 2003. They have since made six studio albums and two live albums. Traces of ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Gov’t Mule are undeniable, as is the inspiration from the legendary Allman Brothers Band, also from Atlanta. Gregg Allman actually plays on Blackberry Smoke’s 2016 album Like An Arrow. The year before, the band released the album Holding The Roses, which made first place on Billboard’s Top Country Album list. Their most recent effort is the album You Hear Georgia (2021). Blackberry Smoke toured Europe in March and April of 2023, including a show at Amager Bio in Copenhagen. Tønder Festival sees their only Danish festival appearance in 2023.