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Class Of 2015: Blackberry Smoke & The Temperance Movement

Labelmates The Temperance Movement and Blackberry Smoke may be separated by an ocean, but they are bonded by their love of good, honest rock’n’roll.

In March last year, Paul Sayer and Luke Potashnick paid a visit to Shepherd’s Bush Empire, a London venue that the British pair’s band The Temperance Movement had headlined just a few months earlier, to sink a few beers and check out a show by the fast-rising US southern rockers Blackberry Smoke.

Both bands are signed to Earache Records, but what happened was all very agenda-free. After the show, Sayer and Potashnick chipped up to the dressing room of the Atlanta, Georgia five-piece. Over a few drinks, influences and mindsets were discussed. Very soon the musicians realised they had more in common than just a record label. 

The idea of the British band and the US band teaming up for a tour was mooted, but at the time, nobody took the idea too seriously; it was just small talk, the kind of idle, friendly chatter forgotten about by the time the hangovers had worn off. Except that on this occasion it wasn’t.

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