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Blackberry Smoke complete 4th album

Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke have completed work on their fourth album, says frontman Charlie Starr – although they're aiming to keep some of the details secret as long as possible.

He believes they’ve “mixed it up a little more” than they did on 2012’s The Whippoorwill, their first record to be released in the UK.

But he insists they haven’t moved too far away from the hard blues rock that’s been gaining them attention.

The record, which hasn’t been named yet, was produced by Brendan O’Brien. Starr tells Rolling Stone: “It’s not a huge departure – there’s really big rock’n’roll songs and some laid-back moments as well.

“We recorded live a lot again and we tried a few different things; some of it’s top-secret but nothing that’s so radically different. Have no fear. We didn’t make a hip-hop record.”

Track titles include Payback’s A Bitch and Holding All The Roses, and Starr says of the latter number: “People are really going to be blown away by it. We’re over the moon – it’s a song that’ll knock your head off. It’s just relentless.”

And he vows they’re not changing their sound in an attempt to find a short-cut to the top of the ladder. “We want to play for more and more people every night, obviously – but if it meant sacrificing one bit of the integrity of the music, or ourselves as musicians, we’d shun that.”

Blackberry Smoke have just released a live DVD entitled_ Leave A Scar_. They return to the UK in October:

Oct 15: Dublin Academy

Oct 16: Glasgow O2 ABC

Oct 17: Manchester Ritz

Oct 19: London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Oct 21: Cambridge Junction

Oct 22: Birmingham Institute

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.