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Blackberry Smoke to perform on Stephen Colbert's late-night show


The always-active Blackberry Smoke has a busy fall on the docket.

Atlanta’s pre-eminent Southern rockers – currently on their own tour acts including The Cadillac Three and Govt’ Mule - will hit the road with Aaron Lewis in October for a series of shows.

That co-headlining bill won’t visit Atlanta ( Lewis performed at The Buckhead Theatre in January ); but Blackberry Smoke will return to the Tabernacle at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 for their fifth annual “Holiday Homecoming” show.

In years since the band started the special show, they’ve donated more than $150,000 to children’s cancer research. Proceeds from this year’s VIP meet and greets ($75, currently sold out) will be donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Tickets for the show – which includes openers Jason and the Scorchers – are on sale now for $39.50-$49.50 at

Blackberry Smoke will also make their debut performance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Aug. 15.

The band is supporting its current album, “Like an Arrow,” which arrived in October and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top County Albums chart. The recording features Gregg Allman on the closing track, “Free on the Wing.”

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