It’s been a good week for Blackberry Smoke.
The country rockers secured their first No.1 album with Holding All the Roses. The album holds the top spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and the No. 7 spot on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. Blackberry Smoke had previously risen as high as No. 8 on the country charts with their breakthrough album, The Whipporwill, in 2012.
Holding All The Roses is the Atlanta-based outfit’s fourth studio album and their tautest release yet. Each track showcases the band’s masterful command over their signature blend of rootsy rock and roll and country.
Last week, the band released the album’s new single, “Too High”, a song about being trapped in the downward spiral of drugs like meth and oxy, along with an eerie music video to support it. Frontman Charlie Starr, who wrote the song, grew up in eastern Alabama, where the presence of meth in small towns is all too familiar.
“The song is told from the perspective of someone who is trapped in a bad way of life, and the video expands that by giving you this image of a guy making meth in his old shack,” Starr told Rolling Stone. “His two nieces live nearby, and they’ve wandered into the woods and found the shack. He means the little girls no harm, so he sends them back home with a message for their mother, which basically says, ‘Leave me alone.’ I think the video finishes the story in a way that the song couldn’t.”