Blackberry Smoke Announces Release Date for Rolling Stones Cover Album

by Madison Miller

Although the Rolling Stones are still going strong, it’s never the wrong time for a well-planned cover album. That’s where Blackberry Smoke comes in.

The Rolling Stones are about to set off on their 2021 U.S. tour starting on September 26 in St. Louis. Despite the massive loss of the band’s drummer, Charlie Watts, the plan is still to carry on and not to reschedule or cancel.

Blackberry Smoke and Rolling Stones Cover Album

Meanwhile, Blackberry Smoke just revealed the details for the new Rolling Stones cover album they’re planning on releasing. The current release date is set for Record Store Day’s Black Friday, which is on November 25.

The LP is called “Stoned” and is a red vinyl featuring seven different tracks. It’s going to be a limited find, as well. There will only be 2,500 copies of the vinyl worldwide.

“On Nov. 6 last year, we got together at Welcome to 1979 in Nashville to record seven of our favorite Rolling Stones tracks, Blackberry Smoke said in a statement, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

Blackberry Smoke has not been shy about its love for the Rolling Stones in the past. The frontman, Charlie Starr, said that he considered them one of the greatest bands of all time. He told Music Radar that their sound is unique and authentic and that it “could have had blistering lead guitar all over it, and it doesn’t.”

While they believe Rolling Stones is one-of-a-kind, Blackberry Smoke is also hoping the way in which they recorded can do the band justice.

“This album was recorded, mixed, mastered, and cut directly onto a vinyl master in one live take per side – so there was no overdubs, edits, punch-ins or remixing. We brought in some horns and the Black Bettys to help out as well. You can get a chance to hear it on Nov. 26 aka Record Store Day … when it arrives at your favorite real, actual, physical place that you purchase music,” the band also said in a statement.

Details on Album and Band

This means that these are one-take performances. Once that recording started, it couldn’t be stopped until the end of the side. Each side of the record then has a complete take. It may sound like not a big deal, but this style of recording is actually quite rare because of how difficult it is to master a performance in one go.

The special release will feature “All Down the Line,” “Sway,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin,'” “Tumbling Dice,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me),” “I Got the Blues,” and “Street Fighting Man.”

If you’re enticed by the upcoming release, you better act fast on November 26. The limited supply means this record will be hard to get your hands on.

Blackberry Smoke is an Atlanta-based band that started out in 2000. It features Charlie Starr, Richard Turner, Brit Turner, Paul Jackson, Brandon Still, Preston Holcomb, and Benji Shanks.

They have released seven studio albums, the latest being “You Hear Georgia” in May 2021.