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Blackberry Smoke Premiere New Song, "Best Seat in the House"

Southern rock powerhouse Blackberry Smoke have premiered a new song, "Best Seat in the House," and you can hear it below. The upbeat rocker represents the second official taste of Find a Light, the band's new album, which'll be released April 6 via Thirty Tigers. For the first taste, a sneaky, Led Zeppelin-esque tune called "Flesh and Bone," step right this way.

"Best Seat in the House" is an engaging slice of power pop that recalls mid-period Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, complete with a 12-string electric riff, snarling vocals and—as always—guitars a-plenty, including a tasteful—not to mention "hummable"—solo that kicks off at 2:53. Like most of the band's best tracks, it was written by frontman/guitarist Charlie Starr, this time with Keith Nelson.

“['Best Seat in the House'] is sort of a sarcastic complaint," Starr says. "We all want what we ain’t got. It’s not enough to get in, people want [the] front row.”

In addition to Starr and band members Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals) and Brandon Still (keyboards), the album features Robert Randolph (“I’ll Keep Ramblin’”), Amanda Shires (“Let Me Down Easy”) and the Wood Brothers (“Mother Mountain”).

Find a Light is available for pre-order. For more about the band, visit blackberrysmoke.com.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.