Charlie Starr & Benji Shanks (Blackberry Smoke) Bring All-Acoustic Session to The Funky Biscuit

Longtime fans of Blackberry Smoke filled The Funky Biscuit to capacity for An Evening With Charlie Starr and Benji Shanks, a set of four shows over two nights on June 5 & 6 at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, Florida. Charlie Starr serves as a founding member, frontman and lead guitarist for Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke, and last year the band added guitar virtuoso Benji Shanks as a full-time touring member. The two have played together outside of Blackberry Smoke before, several times in years past, so seeing both musicians smiling and genuinely having a good time was a welcome site to those who have missed live, in-person shows over the past year. During the relaxed jam session, both Starr and Shanks interacted and shared road stories both past and present.  Starr returned to touring solo shows earlier this year; his last solo show was in Macon, Georgia, January 15, 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on in-person live shows. Fans of both Starr and Shanks bought every table, standing space, and crevice available for the four shows, and the Biscuit provided an intimate venue to see the all-acoustic set by the two talented Southern rockers.

Charlie Starr – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN
Benji Shanks – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN

The set list included a steady helping of Blackberry Smoke tunes, the majority of which were penned by Starr and other members of Blackberry Smoke. The set also included a few covers, including “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry,” a Bob Dylan classic  that caught the attention of the crowd as the dined and drank while they entertained. It was one of the remaining opportunities to see Starr and Shanks before they hit the road along with the rest of Blackberry Smoke as they head out on a U.S./Canada tour starting in mid-June that will carry them all the way to late October this year.

 

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Setlist – Set two

1) Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

2) Run Away

3) Crimson Moon

4) That’s The Way

5) Free On The Wing

6) Bother Me Tonight

7) Lay It All On Me

8) Ain’t The Same

9) Whippoorwill

10) Old Scarecrow

11) One Horse Town

12) Ain’t Got The Blues

13) Hangin’ On The Vine

14) Ain’t Much Left

Encore:

15) Yer So Bad

 

BLACKBERRY SMOKE

06/11 House of Blues Houston | Houston TX
06/12  The Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally 25th Anniversary | Austin TX
06/25  Spyglass Ridge Winery | Sunbury PA
06/26  Rock Ribs & Ridges Festival | Augusta NJ
06/27  Orange County Fair Speedway | Middletown NY

w/ Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown and Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves
06/29  Apple Valley Park | Lafayette NY
07/01  Artpark | Lewiston NY
07/02  The Peach Music Festival | Scranton PA
07/03  Dominion Raceway | Spotsylvania County VA
07/09  4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals | Bloomsburg PA
07/10  4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals | Bloomsburg PA
09/03  Rio Theatre | Santa Cruz CA
09/04  Crystal Bay Casino | Crystal Bay NV
09/05  Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael CA
09/07  The Center For the Arts | Grass Valley CA
09/09  Roseland Theater | Portland OR
09/10  Temple Theatre | Tacoma WA
09/11  Fox Theater | Spokane WA
09/12  Wilma Theatre | Missoula MT
09/19  Telluride Blues and Brews | Telluride CO
09/21  Knuckleheads Saloon | Kansas City MO
09/22  Gillioz Theatre | Springfield MO
09/26  Carnegie of Homestead | Munhall PA
09/28  The Orange Peel | Asheville NC
09/29  Bijou Theatre | Knoxville TN
09/30  Mars Music Hall | Huntsville AL
10/01  Robert Kirk Walker Theatre | Chattanooga TN
10/02  The Martin Centre | Douglas GA
10/03  Cumberland Caverns Live | McMinnville TN
10/06  Acadiana Center for the Arts | Lafayette LA
10/07  Manship Theatre | Baton Rouge LA
10/08  Fillmore New Orleans | New Orleans LA
10/09  King Biscuit Blues Festival |  Helena-West Helena AR
12/04  Orange  Review | Lake Wales FL

 

SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH TOUR
with BLACKBERRY SMOKE & THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND

07/30  Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater | Bridgeport CT
07/31  CMAC Performing Arts Center | Canandaigua NY
08/01  Rose Music Center at The Heights | Huber Heights OH
08/03  Saint Louis Music Park | St. Louis MO
08/05  The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory | Dallas TX
08/06  Soundstage at Graceland | Memphis TN
08/07  Ashland Riverfront Park | Ashland KY
08/10  Daily’s Place | Jacksonville FL
08/12  MECU Pavilion | Baltimore MD
08/13  Stony Pony Summer Stage | Asbury Park NJ
08/14  Portsmouth Pavilion | Portsmouth VA
08/15  Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre | Charlotte NC
08/17  The Red Hat Amphitheater | Raleigh NC
08/19  PNC Pavilion at RMC | Cincinnati OH
08/20  Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville TN
08/21  Ameris Bank Amphitheatre | Alpharetta GA
08/25  The Rooftop at Pier 17 | New York City NY
08/26  Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion | Boston MA
08/27  Santander Arena | Reading PA
09/23  TCU Amphitheatre at White River State Park | Indianapolis IN
09/24  Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill | Detroit MI
09/25  Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica | Cleveland OH
10/28  Red Rocks | Morrison CO

 

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Charlie Starr – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN
Benji Shanks & Charlie Starr – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN
Charlie Starr – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN
Benji Shanks & Charlie Starr – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN
Charlie Starr – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN
Benji Shanks – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN
Charlie Starr’s Guitars – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN

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