Interview with Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke

By Ashley McKinnon

For The Surge

Blackberry Smoke played the House of Blues earlier this month. We caught up with Charlie Starr as the group toured.

Q. How is your current tour going?

A. It's going fine, but you know the weather is getting warmer so that makes everybody happy of course.

Q. How far into this tour are you?

A. We are in Richmond, VA tonight and, we've actually taken some time off to make a new album which has kept us at home quite a bit. We have just been in the South here for the beginning of this year mostly and will actually play VA tonight then Myrtle Beach tomorrow and then head to Australia next week. We're keeping it in the sunshine here.

Q. When does the new album come out?

A. I would say it's probably going to be a Fall release.

Q. How is the new album different from the last?

A. Well, this one is, I mean we just kind of evolved. This one is going to be a little heavier and nastier than the last one. There are some songs on it that are on it that are in our roots here as well. It's just trying to make the best record possible.

Q. What do you like best about touring?

A. Everything really. The travelling is always really interesting. Seeing different places and meeting different people. We've been fortunate enough to have toured Europe several times as well and that's an incredible experience. Just when you think you've seen things in the United States that are really old just go to Europe and you'll see things that are far older. Yeah, we played a tour of these theatres in the United States that were built in the turn of the century so they are all like "Yeah, this was built originally in 1910" and you're all like "Woah, that's old." And then we played a place in Brussels and they were like "Yeah, the foundation for this place was poured in 1620." You're like, "Okay you win."

Q. What do you like to do when you are not touring?

A. I like to stay home with family. I have a two year old boy, a wife and a nineteen year old boy, who's in college. I like to spend as much time with them as possible.

Point Counter Point is taking a break this week, be sure to catch a fresh column in next weeks issue.