Blackberry Smoke at the House of Blues – Boston, MA

Photos and Review by Ilya Mirman

Galleries: Blackberry Smoke, Duane Betts

Supporting their latest album, Be Right Here, Blackberry Smoke’s 2024 tour stopped in Boston on March 21st. The show at the House of Blues was a testament to the enduring power of country rock. With their unparalleled musicianship, profound lyrics, and infectious energy, the band showed why they are among the most beloved bands today. For those in attendance, it was an unforgettable night of music that left hearts full and spirits soaring.

Charlie Starr’s soulful voice carried every note with conviction, while his guitar playing was both intricate and electrifying, with the rest of the band providing a rock-solid foundation for the songs to soar. Their seamless blend of southern rock, country, and blues was executed with precision and passion, keeping us all on our toes throughout the night.

I argue that it’s not a stretch to compare Blackberry Smoke’s tales and lyrics with the depth and complexity reminiscent of Shakespeare! Much like the Bard himself, the band explores themes of love, loss, conflict and struggle, with poetic flair. Our bards from Atlanta paint vivid portraits of life’s struggles and triumphs, drawing parallels to Shakespeare’s exploration of the human experience, delving into the universal truths that bind us together.

Beyond the technical prowess and lyrical depth, another element that sets Blackberry Smoke apart is the raw emotion they bring to their live performances. From the infectious energy of uptempo anthems to the soul-stirring ballads, every song is delivered with a fervor that is impossible to resist. The joy and celebration present in their music are palpable, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and connection that unites both band and audience in a shared experience of musical euphoria. In a world fraught with uncertainty, Blackberry Smoke reminds us of the healing power of music and the simple pleasure of coming together to celebrate life’s journey.

The show also served as a platform to showcase their latest album, “Be Right Here,” released to critical acclaim just months prior. This album marks yet another milestone in the band’s career, further solidifying their reputation as one of the foremost purveyors of authentic southern rock. “Be Right Here” encapsulates the essence of Blackberry Smoke’s musical evolution, featuring a diverse range of songs that explore love, longing, and the passage of time with both honesty and vulnerability.

“Be Right Here” is a testament to the band’s continued growth as songwriters and musicians. The album seamlessly weaves together elements of rock, country, and blues, creating a sonic tapestry that is at once timeless and distinctly modern. With its heartfelt lyrics and infectious melodies, “Be Right Here” stands as a testament to Blackberry Smoke’s unwavering commitment to their craft and their ability to connect with audiences on a deeply personal level.

For fans of the band, “Be Right Here” is a welcome addition to their discography, showcasing Blackberry Smoke at the peak of their creative powers. And for those experiencing the band for the first time, it serves as the perfect introduction to their soul-stirring blend of southern hospitality and rock ‘n’ roll swagger.

With “Be Right Here,” Blackberry Smoke proves once again that they are not just a band, but a musical institution, destined to leave an indelible mark on the fabric of American music.

The band is currently on tour, and hitting many venues around the world – don’t miss them! For tour details, check out

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Duane Betts