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April 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Blackberry Smoke lives up to its reputation at the Neptune | Concert review

Blackberry Smoke brought its unique country rock to the Neptune Theatre Friday.

Blackberry Smoke brought its unique country rock to the Neptune Theatre Friday.

It’s always a little awkward when big mainstream country acts get their enormous 12-piece touring bands to “rock out.” It feels artificial, perhaps because they are usually still in complete control.

How comforting, then, to see Blackberry Smoke at the Neptune Theatre on Friday. A down-and-dirty, five-piece band from Atlanta, Ga., that easily recalls Lynyrd Skynyrd and AC/DC, Blackberry Smoke has a pretty big reputation to live up to as a live band after 14 years of relentless touring, and it was impressive to see how easily they wore that burden.

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