When Zac Brown Band returns to the Roanoke Valley on Friday on Friday toon Friday night, a familiar act will be among the openers.
Blackberry Smoke has played regional venues such as the old Awful Arthur’s Towers, the old Cattle Annie’s in Lynchburg and Blue Ridge Bike Fest. But the act got its biggest audience around here when it opened for ZBB at Salem Football Stadium in April 2011.
Brown and the members of the Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke have been friends for years, long before Brown and his group hit the top of the country charts and crossed over into the pop world.
Blackberry Smoke singer/guitarist Charlie Starr said that Brown has always been the type of guy to say, “anything you need, just tell me.”
The last time Brown said that, he wound up signing Starr and his mates to his own Southern Ground Records.
Read the whole story and get show details in Friday’s Extra section.