Blackberry Smoke

Blackberry Smoke's new album, "Holding All the Roses," debuted at #1 on the Billboard "Top Country Albums" chart.

The guys of Blackberry Smoke topped out on the Billboard Country a few weeks ago, taking the top spot due to album sales.

The band’s new album, “Holding All the Roses,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart for Top Country Albums.

The chart is determined by the week’s top-selling country albums as ranked by Nielsen Music.

Currently, the album sits at #17.

Guitarist and vocalist Paul Jackson, who has ties to Fort Payne, said the ranking was “fantastic.”

“We didn’t see that coming,” Jackson said. “It’s great that people are taking the time to listen to our music and are getting it.”

He said he believes the connection people feel to the music of Blackberry Smoke is that they are reminded of something.

“I think we remind them of certain things,” Jackson said. “We have an older style of music, which we are cool with. Music touches people. I think that’s what people get from us. The other guys might have a different view. The people who listen to us seem to get us immediately. We are lucky to have them listen and soak it in.”

The album also earned the band the top spot on both the U.S. and U.K. iTunes Charts.

On the band’s website, the members said they feel like, even though their previous music was well-received, “Holding All the Roses” is the first time the band has “had the resources to make an album that properly captures their musical essence.”

The new album is available on iTunes, Amazon, at Best Buy and just about any other music outlet.

The band is currently on tour and will play the Toadlick Music Festival in Dothan, Alabama, which takes place April 23-25.

Other artists playing the festival include Alabama, Hank Williams Jr., Lee Brice, Bret Michaels, STYX, Ronnie Milsap, Sam Hunt, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, Craig Wayne Boyd, Anthony Orio, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Vegabonds and the Sweet Tea Trio.

For more information about Blackberry Smoke, visit blackberrysmoke.com. For more information about the Toadlick Music Festival, visit toadlick.com.

Lindsay Slater is the senior staff writer of the Times-Journal.

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