22 Songs, 1 Hour 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The release of Blackberry Smoke’s first live album is most welcome. Leave a Scar is a barnburner of a concert album that runs through the best of the Atlanta quintet’s material while flexing its muscle as a Southern rock/country/bluegrass ensemble. Dixie-fried stompers like “Sanctified Woman” and “Sleeping Dogs” are balanced by soulful shuffle tunes like “Everybody Knows She’s Mine” and rueful ballads like “One Horse Town.” The band’s playing is rowdy and full of funky embellishments, with guitarists Charlie Starr and Paul Jackson dishing out some of the tangiest licks this side of Skynyrd.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The release of Blackberry Smoke’s first live album is most welcome. Leave a Scar is a barnburner of a concert album that runs through the best of the Atlanta quintet’s material while flexing its muscle as a Southern rock/country/bluegrass ensemble. Dixie-fried stompers like “Sanctified Woman” and “Sleeping Dogs” are balanced by soulful shuffle tunes like “Everybody Knows She’s Mine” and rueful ballads like “One Horse Town.” The band’s playing is rowdy and full of funky embellishments, with guitarists Charlie Starr and Paul Jackson dishing out some of the tangiest licks this side of Skynyrd.

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