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Updated: Nov 19, 2023

Atlanta, GA rock band, BLACKBERRY SMOKE’s new song, 'Hammer And The Nail,' written by lead singer Charlie Starr and longtime collaborator Keith Nelson, is debuting today.

Of the song, Starr shares,

“This guy is thinking the deck is definitely stacked against him, and maybe his father’s choices have a hand in that… so his only choice is to be hard as nails if he’s gonna make his way.”

'Hammer And The Nail' is the latest song unveiled from the band’s hotly anticipated new album, Be Right Here, which releases on 16th February via 3 Legged Records/Thirty Tigers (pre-order/pre-save here). Ahead of the release, the band unveiled two additional album tracks: 'Little Bit Crazy' and 'Dig A Hole,' of which American Songwriter praises, “elevates their trademark blend of blues, Southern rock, and Americana that has helped them sustain a fruitful, more than two-decade-long career.”

Watch the video for 'Hammer And The Nail' below.

Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell), Be Right Here is a timely reminder to be present and live authentically. Across these ten tracks - a collection of their signature rock and roll anthems, Americana-leaning ballads and country rock jams - the band celebrates the simple joys of life, the fleeting moments and the little bits of luck found along the way.  

Reflecting on the project, Starr shares, “We always track live together, but this time we had all our amps and drums and everything in the same room. It’s just as natural and as real as possible. The last album was very raw too, but with this one I remember different times I would say, ‘I think we should redo that,’ and Dave was like, ‘No, leave it that way. That way it’s magical.'"

Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and Cobb’s Georgia Mae in Savannah, the album features the band - Charlie Starr (vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals) and Brandon Still (keyboards) - alongside Preston Holcomb (drums) and Benji Shanks (guitar), as well as special guest vocals from The Black Bettys. Known for their electrifying live shows, the band will continue to tour through the end of this year. See below for complete itinerary. Full details can be found at

Throughout their prolific career, BLACKBERRY SMOKE has released seven studio albums including 2021’s You Hear Georgia, which celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band.  

Since forming in 2001, BLACKBERRY SMOKE has continued to tour relentlessly, building a strong and loyal community of fans. In addition to their work as musicians, the band is deeply committed to charitable work and formed the Lana Turner Foundation, a non-profit supporting several national foundations committed to curing children’s cancer. With these efforts, the band has raised over $1,000,000 to date benefitting children’s cancer research.


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