Cincinnati has long been a part of Southern Rock history. Perhaps the music’s best-known group, The Allman Brothers Band, recorded its now-famous “Live At Ludlow Garage” album in Cincinnati back in 1970.
The legendary group was also the first act to perform at U.S. Bank Arena (then Riverfront Coliseum) when the venue opened in 1975. The original lineup of Lynyrd Skynyrd performed here just months before their fateful airplane crash, while the local Southern Rock scene was for years well represented by bands such as Wheels.With two full-length albums and a couple of EPs under their belt, Blackberry Smoke began to attract some attention from Rock music fans who wanted a little grit in their musical gravy in this new century. Then, they began to get bigger and better gigs, opening for ZZ Top and the Zac Brown Band, the latter of which signed the group to their Southern Ground record label. That resulted in Blackberry Smoke’s well-received new album, The Whippoorwill. The group has also released the live DVD, Live at the Georgia Theater, which showed fans that Blackberry Smoke has the ability to deftly expand upon their studio recordings in a live setting.
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