BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene blog
It’s two-for-two for Blackberry Smoke.
The Atlanta-based country-rockers scored their second consecutive No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this week with “Like An Arrow,” their fifth release. The album bowed on the band’s own label, 3 Legged Records, via Thirty Tigers.
“Like An Arrow” also landed at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
It’s an especially notable feat because, as singer Charlie Starr noted Monday night during a performance with Kristian Bush and other Atlanta musicians at the Alliance Theatre for an early listen to songs from the musical “Troubadour,” country radio doesn’t play Blackberry Smoke songs.
The band unseated another Georgia presence, Jason Aldean, whose “They Don’t Know” dipped to No. 3.
In 2015, Blackberry Smoke’s “Holding All the Roses” bowed at the top spot as well. It has sold about 50,000 copies.
On Saturday, Blackberry Smoke will join Gregg Allman – who performs on “Free on the Wing” on the band’s new album – ZZ Top, Michelle Malone and others for the final stop of the Allman-curated Laid Back Festival at Lakewood Amphitheatre.
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