In Southern rock, you don’t have “bands” within the regular sense. You might have bands of brothers and sisters. They’re extra like households than bands. This was one of many causes the Georgia-based Southern rock band The Allman Brothers named their iconic 1973 album Brothers and Sisters after the passing of band members Duane Allman and Berry Oakley.
This “Brothers and Sisters” designation is very true for Blackberry Smoke, who additionally hail from Georgia. And that’s the reason 2022 has been an particularly tough yr for the band because the heartbeat and historian of Blackberry Smoke, Brit Turner, has been affected by main well being points. Together with being a founding member of the band, Brit is the literal brother of bass participant Richard Turner, and is taken into account the massive brother to everybody within the band.
On Friday evening, December sixteenth at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, Blackberry Smoke needed to cease the present in the course of the set after Brit Turner skilled an episode and was helped off stage. In line with the band, he’s at present beneath medical care and is in secure situation after struggling a seizure. However the truth that Brit Turner was even on the stage to start with seems like a miracle in itself, and a testomony to his character.
It was dangerous information for Brit Turner on August sixteenth when he suffered a heart attack at his dwelling in Atlanta. Fortunately, Turner was in a position to make it to the hospital on time the place he obtained a stent in his coronary artery, and was discharged from the hospital on August 18th. Turner missed a number of exhibits as Blackberry Smoke carried out acoustically with out him, however Turner was in a position to make a full restoration and return to the stage.
Then on November third, the band introduced, “Generally the reality is stranger than fiction. Earlier this week, Brit Turner suffered an episode and wanted to be taken to the ER. He was feeling alright however as a result of points from his latest coronary heart assault, his medical staff elected to maintain him within the hospital and run a collection of exams to find out what may have triggered the state of affairs. Upon receiving an MRI they discovered a tumor on his mind within the frontal lobe … Brit is now present process surgical procedure and extra testing to seek out out what his subsequent steps to a wholesome restoration might be.”
Brit Turner needed to have components of his cranium eliminated so surgeons may take away the tumor. It was recognized as an aggressive, uncommon, and fast-growing type of mind most cancers often called Glioblastoma. However nearly as miraculous as his restoration was from his coronary heart assault, lower than every week after first struggling the episode and having mind surgical procedure, Brit Turner was discharged from the hospital on November ninth as soon as once more, and recovering at dwelling.
By November twentieth, Brit was again behind the drum set, grooving away no worse for the wear and tear.
On November twenty fifth when Blackberry Smoke performed their homecoming present at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta and offered it out for the primary time, Brit Turner was proper there behind the drum set like he’s all the time been for his first official present after the surgical procedure, and obtained a standing ovation from the gang throughout band introductions by frontman Charlie Starr (see beneath).
However then on November thirtieth, Blackberry Smoke knowledgeable the general public that Brit Turner was not out of the woods simply but. “Continued testing has revealed his Glioblastoma prognosis wants aggressive therapy,” the band stated. “Fortuitously, we’re in contact with among the greatest specialists to supply him the utmost care. Presently, we’re working our approach ahead utilizing all of the assets which can be obtainable.”
“Brit will proceed to be part of every thing that Blackberry Smoke does,” the band assured. “As a result of nature of those therapies, and his personal restoration schedule, we anticipate that there’ll possible be some intervals that will maintain Brit away from journey and performing dwell. We ask that you simply proceed your help and belief that he’ll make each effort to be in any respect the exhibits. We could have somebody to fill in case he isn’t.”
Drummers Mike Rizzi and Kent Aberle have each spent intervals filling in for Britt throughout his restoration. But regardless of the November thirtieth warning from Blackberry Smoke, Brit Turner had been with the band, and performing this week at exhibits at Webster Corridor in New York on December tenth, on the Roxian Theatre in Pittsburgh, and in Grand Rapids and Detroit on the 14th and fifteenth. The band is enjoying Saturday evening on the Crystal Grand Music Theatre in Wisconsin with Kent Aberle filling in.
After two main surgical procedures, and two main well being points in 2022, Brit Turner has proven unbelievable grit and persistence to return to the stage in any respect. Lesser males would have hung it up, or at the least taken longer intervals to recuperate, and lesser bands could have moved on to seek out one other drummer. However not Brit Turner and Blackberry Smoke.
Although it may be anticipated to be contact and go for Brit Turner because the band continues to be one of many hardest touring outfits on the market on the highway and is already filling of their 2023 tour schedule, Brit Turner will stay the heartbeat of Blackberry Smoke, wherever he occurs to be.
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