The Whippoorwill

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The Whippoorwill
Studio album by Blackberry Smoke
Released August 14, 2012 (US), February 17, 2014 (Europe)
Recorded July 21, 2011 - August 4, 2011
Genre Southern rock, country rock, country, bluegrass
Length 54:29
Label Southern Ground, Earache Records
Producer Blackberry Smoke, Clay Cook, Matt Mangano and Zac Brown.
Blackberry Smoke chronology
Little Piece of Dixie
(2009)
The Whippoorwill
(2012)
Singles from The Whippoorwill
  1. "Pretty Little Lie"
    Released: January 28, 2013
  2. "Ain't Much Left of Me"
    Released: July 15, 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[2]

The Whippoorwill is the third studio album by American southern/country rock band Blackberry Smoke. It was released on August 14, 2012 through Southern Ground Records in the North America and on February 17, 2014 through Earache Records in Europe. The latter contained three additional live tracks; "Country Side of Life", "Pretty Little Lie" and "Six Ways to Sunday".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Written by Length
1. "Six Ways to Sunday"   Charlie Starr 3:27
2. "Pretty Little Lie"   Travis Meadows, Starr 3:34
3. "Everybody Knows She's Mine"   Starr 3:49
4. "One Horse Town"   Meadows, Jeremy Spillman, Starr 4:16
5. "Ain't Much Left of Me"   David Lee Murphy, Blackberry Smoke 4:58
6. "The Whippoorwill"   Starr 5:31
7. "Lucky Seven"   Meadows, Blackberry Smoke 4:17
8. "Leave a Scar"   Meadows, Starr 3:34
9. "Crimson Moon"   Zac Brown, Matt Mangano, Starr 4:00
10. "Ain't Got the Blues"   Starr 4:03
11. "Sleeping Dogs"   Gordon Kennedy, Blackberry Smoke 3:22
12. "Shakin' Hands with the Holy Ghost"   Starr 3:45
13. "Up the Road"   Starr 5:53

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Charlie Starr - lead vocals, guitar, pedal steel, banjo.
  • Richard Turner - bass guitar, vocals.
  • Paul Jackson - guitar, vocals.
  • Brandon Still - piano, organ.
  • Brit Turner - drums, percussion.

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Clay Cook - percussion, harmonium (4).
  • Matt Mangano - acoustic guitar (4).
  • Maureen Murphy, Lo Carter, Kyla Jade - backing vocals (3,9,12,13).
  • Sarah Dugas - backing vocals (9).
  • Arnold McCuller -backing vocals (6,10,13).

Production[edit]

  • Blackberry Smoke, Clay Cook, Matt Mangano, Zac Brown - producers.
  • Matt Wallace, Mike Fraser - mixing.
  • Stephen Marcussen - mastering.
  • Trey Wilson - production coordinator.
  • Brit Turner - art direction.
  • Justin Helton, Tim Pederson - cover design.
  • David Stuart - photography.

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the Top Country Albums chart at No. 59 before their album's official release in August 2012, and re-entered the chart 4 weeks later at No.8 on its official release (chart date September 1, 2012). It also debuted on Billboard 200 at No. 40 on its official release, as well as No. 10 on the Independent Albums chart and No. 12 on the Top Rock Albums chart.[4] The album has sold 51,000 copies in the US as of October 2012.[5]

The album was released in the UK in February 2014, and it debuted at No.30 on the UK album Top 100 chart and No. 1 on the UK Country Album Chart with 2,973 copies sold for the week.[6]

Album[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 30
US Billboard 200[8] 40
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[9] 8
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[10] 30
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[11] 10
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[12] 12

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country Airplay
[13]
2013 "Pretty Little Lie" 46
"Ain't Much Left of Me"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leggett, Steve. "The Whippoorwill - Blackbery Smoke". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  2. ^ Simpson, Dave (2014-02-14). "Blackberry Smoke: The Whippoorwill". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  3. ^ "Classic Rock interview" Geoff Barton, 'Blackberry Smoke: We made our new album in just 5 days', Classic Rock magazine, February 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Watch Blackberry Smoke's new video & check out live pics!". Rock Revolt Magazine. 
  5. ^ Matt Bjorke (October 10, 2012). "Country Album Chart News For October 10, 2012: Little Big Town #1 for a Month; Jerrod Niemann & Blake Shelton Debut". Roughstock. 
  6. ^ "Country Billboard Chart News February 27, 2014". Country Routes News. 
  7. ^ "Blackberry Smoke | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "Blackberry Smoke Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Blackberry Smoke. Prometheus Global Media.
  9. ^ "Blackberry Smoke Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Country Albums for Blackberry Smoke. Prometheus Global Media.
  10. ^ "Blackberry Smoke Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for Blackberry Smoke. Prometheus Global Media.
  11. ^ "Blackberry Smoke Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Independent Albums for Blackberry Smoke. Prometheus Global Media.
  12. ^ "Blackberry Smoke Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Blackberry Smoke. Prometheus Global Media.
  13. ^ "Blackberry Smoke Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 3, 2014.