Blackberry Smoke frontman Charlie Starr on the Marshall Tucker Band
When I recently spoke by phone with Blackberry Smoke lead vocalist and guitarist Charlie Starr, much of the conversation revolved around Spartanburg's most famous southern rock export, the Marshall Tucker Band.
"Like so many other people my age, obviously, the radio hits were what I heard first," Starr
said of his
initial exposure to the Marshall Tucker Band.
then proceeded to tell a story that revealed just how excited he
can get when sharing the depth of the Marshall Tucker Band's musical vision with others.
"I've got a friend from Los Angeles who came down and stayed with me for a couple of days at my house here in Georgia," Starr
I later mentioned to Starr
that I had enjoyed watching YouTube clips of Blackberry Smoke
covering the Marshall Tucker Band's "Take the Highway.
To view one of the clips, click here.
replied, "Yeah, man, we've done that several times here and there.
Before our conversation ended, Starr
shared a somewhat humorous anecdote about an experience that Blackberry Smoke
had with the Marshall Tucker Band.
"The last time we played with Tucker was, I think, in upstate New York," Starr
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