The five musicians in Blackberry Smoke all met as undergrads at the University of Southern Rock.
Keyboardist Brandon Still and bassist Richard Turner were lab partners in a "English 206 - Folk Parables in the Lyrics of Marshall Tucker and Blackfoot" class. Guitarist Phil Jackson and vocalist/guitarist Charlie Starr met in a seminar called "Twin Guitar: Harmony Structures From Duane Allman/Dickie Betts to Andy Powell/Ted Turner." And drummer Brit Turner cooked collard greens in the Steve Earle Dining Hall where they all ate.
All of this affection for the proud lineage of Dixie rock is on display in Blackberry Smoke's latest album, "The Whippoorwill." Not only were these dudes honor students, they have enough collective vision and choppage to take the legacy nobly into the future. See them in performance Tuesday in the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den.
- RICK KOSTER
Blackberry Smoke, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Mohegan Sun Wolf Den; free; 1-888-664-3426, mohegansun.com.