Blackberry Smoke have been firing on all cylinders in 2018, preparing for the arrival of their sixth studio album Find A Light on Friday, April 6th. Finding a window in their busy touring schedule, the Atlanta, Georgia-based band decamped to Zac Brown’s Southern Ground studio in Nashville to film a live performance of the LP’s “Let Me Down Easy” with guest Amanda Shires.
In the clip, Shires adds her vocals and fiddle playing to a rendition that faithfully recreates the album version, with light percussion, Rhodes piano riffing and rock-steady guitar thrums. But there’s something about the band’s palpable live chemistry that gives extra emotional heft to frontman Charlie Starr’s lyrics, in which a dejected lover reckons with heartache by asking his ex to take it easy on him.
Following a brief break from the road, Blackberry Smoke will resume their headlining tour April 11th with a show at the Cone Denim Entertainment Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.