ACL Music Fest 2014 Friday Reviews

ACL Music Fest 2014 Friday Reviews

Blackberry Smoke

Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina (3 Legged)

Rock bands flagrantly preserving the Seventies can hardly do it better than firing up that staple of the Me Decade: a double live album. Atlanta's Blackberry Smoke wave the Southern rock flag, so a 2-CD set in the tradition of Skynyrd's One More From the Road and the Allmans' At Fillmore East feels like an inevitability. Of course, the frame of reference has changed, as bands that once would've opened for the Who now tour with the Zac Brown Band and Eric Church. Blackberry Smoke walks the line between arena rock and country without caring a whit about genre, laying guitar-centric anthems like "One Horse Town," "Son of the Bourbon," (which quotes "Whiskey River" at the top), and "The Whippoorwill" with eager ease. Leave a Scar demands a lighter-waving close-up. (7:15pm, Austin Ventures stage)

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