On Saturday, Blackberry Smoke paid tribute to Little Richard by releasing a cover of his “Southern Child”, recorded at Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, GA. Blackberry Smoke will include the cover on their forthcoming EP, Live From Capricorn Sound Studios, which is due out on June 19th.
The band released “Southern Child” on the same day Little Richard, the Macon, GA-born Founding Father of rock n’ roll, passed away at the age of 87.
Blackberry Smoke, comprised of members Charlie Starr (guitar/vocals), Paul Jackson (guitar/vocals), Brandon Still (keys), Richard Turner (bass), and Brit Turner (drums), did the song justice while making it their own, thanks to a bit of help from Jimmy Hall (harmonica) and The Black Betty’s (vocals). The cover features some excellent harmonizations on vocals from The Black Betty’s as well as fitting harmonica melodies from Hall. After the first chorus, Jackson takes a high-gain solo with a guitar slide before Starr jumps back into the next verse. Clocking in a 5:19, the song provided ample opportunity for guitar, harmonica, bass, and keys solos that filled out the upbeat tune.
Watch the homage to Little Richard below.
Blackberry Smoke – “Southern Child” – Live From Capricorn Studios
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Blackberry Smoke is scheduled to embark on the Spirit of the South Tour with The Allman Betts Band, Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe, and The Wild Feathers this July, however, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the status of that tour is in question. Head to the band’s website for the latest information and check out Live For Live Music‘s concert cancellation tracker for daily updates on shows around the world.