It’s almost three weeks into the new year and I’m still not over this cover.
Blackberry Smoke kicked off the new year with one hell of a cover of “Honky Tonky Women” in Chattanooga.
It’s no secret that Blackberry Smoke loves to cover some great rock classics, but this one is one of my favourites.
This single was a HUGE hit for the Rolling Stones when they released it in 1969. A week after its UK release, it made its way across the United States, topping the charts in both countries.
Due to the record-breaking success of the single, it was later named one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Not too shabby.
Blackberry Smoke recorded a handful of other popular Stones tracks for their 2022 tribute album. stoned, However, “Honky Tonk Women” was not one of them.
But in this clip from the show, it seems that maybe Blackberry Smoke should have done it.
You can hear the excitement of the crowd as they return to the stage for the encore, and as the opening riff begins, a spectator’s commentary lets you feel how excited they are to recognize the tune.
“Oh my god, they’re playing it! They play it every night! The last song!”
As they prepare to jump in with the lyrics, lead singer Charlie Starr calls out to the crowd:
“Do you all feel like singing?”
This cover is the perfect definition of southern rock, breathing new life into something old. I just can not get enough.
Give this a solid 8.6/10… listen everyone.
And the original:
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2023/01/18/blackberry-smoke-cover-the-hell-out-of-the-rolling-stones-honky-tonk-women/ Blackberry Smoke cover “Honky Tonk Women” by The Hell Out Of The Rolling Stones