Blackberry Smoke – “Good One Comin’ On”

Karlie Justus Marlowe | September 10th, 2009


If Shooter Jennings ever needs a body double for any upcoming music videos, he could always call on the members of Blackberry Smoke. Along with a shared aesthetic of aviators, long, unkempt hair and seventies concert T-shirts, they also have a hard-line blend of country and Southern rock in common.

It’s no surprise, then, that the Atlanta-based band has already shared the stage with Jennings, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and Cross Canadian Ragweed, or that its song “Good One Comin’ On” would sound right at home in any of those veterans’ catalogs. Instead, it’s the first single off Blackberry Smoke’s upcoming full-length sophomore effort Little Piece of Dixie, not to be confused with its independently released EP of the same title that also carried “Good One Comin’ On.”

The group channels enough of its effortless elbow-rubbing-with-Skynyrd energy into the tune to make its interesting opening phrasing accessibly cool. It’s a shame this wasn’t release at the beginning of the summer, as it has all the makings of a revved up, Chesney-esque summer soundtrack: “Two six-packs of shiner/A ninety-nine cent butane lighter/Lucky Strikes an’ a fifth of Patron/Ice down that Igloo cooler/A tank of gas, that oughta do her/Feels like a good one comin’ on.”

If the song sounds familiar, it may be because it appeared on the soundtrack of the 2008 Kevin Costner film “Swing Vote,” as well as Trent Willmon’s 2006 album A Little More Livin’. However, that feeling of déjà vu is most likely because this type of song has been done many a time, most recently by Craig Morgan on “Bonfire” and in the Eli Young Band’s “Always the Love Songs.” In the hands of brothers Richard and Brit Turner, Paul Jackson and Charlie Starr, though, the details in this tune’s lyrics make “Good One Comin’ On” a standout.

Artists like Kid Rock and Jason Aldean (to whom rocker Bryan Adams infamously told “You guys are a full-on rock band. There’s nothing country about what’s going on onstage. The only thing country is maybe the song titles: “Johnny Cash,” “She’s Country.”)* have carved out a niche for hard-rocking songs on mainstream country radio, and “Good One Comin’ On” makes a strong case for Blackberry Smoke to join those ranks.

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  1. Kelly
    September 10, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    At first listen, I felt like the song pandered a bit. The mentions of Ray Wylie Hubbard and Shiner Bock felt a bit heavy handed…at first. After a few more listens, I found myself enjoying it for exactly what it is – a good time party song that I was humming along to for the next few days…

  2. Rick
    September 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Damned long haired hippies. I’d like to see the guy from “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother” kick their asses and raise some hell! (lol)

  3. Stewman
    September 10, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Nothin’ like a Trent Willmon album track to break thru with the masses

  4. Steve Harvey
    September 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I love how you managed to work that Bryan Adams dig into the review.

  5. idlewildsouth
    September 10, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    That was pretty nice, the dig, that is. I also love this song, very much so.

  6. Drew
    September 11, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Trent Willmon is the man.

  7. WIll
    September 11, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I’ve seen these guys live a couple times here in Michigan and they put on a helluva show.

  8. Janette
    September 12, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Aw yay. I’m so glad they got thumbs up. I’m a big fan of Blackberry Smoke. I rock out to all their albums in the car! If you haven’t heard any of their other stuff you should check some out: :)

  9. Rick
    September 13, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Okay, I just gotta say it. “Blackbery Smoke” is a silly name for a southern rock band. It reminds me of 60’s psychadelic bands with names like Strawberry Alarm Clock. I’d guess that to attract likely fans a slightly altered name like “Blackberry Chew” or “Blackberry Snuff” is more appropriate! (lol)

  10. Nureview
    November 24, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Love the song and the sound of the group is great. I think Blackberry Smoke is an awesome name, very unique.
    They seem all around fresh, new and different, it’s nice to see a new group come out and change things up a little. Great job, looking forward to watching them come on out.

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