Founding Member of Blackberry Smoke, Brit Turner, Dead at 57

Brit Turner, a founding member of the band Blackberry Smoke, has died at age 57 after a battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma in the fall of 2022. The band put out a statement asking for prayers for Turner’s family and friends in the band during the difficult time.

“It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform everyone that our brother, Brit Turner, has moved on from this life,” the statement read, which was posted by the band on Instagram. “If you had the privilege of knowing Brit on any level, you know he was the most caring, empathetic, driven, and endearing person one could ever hope to meet.”

Blackberry Smoke described Turner as their “True North,” writing that he was “the compass that instituted the ideology that will continue to drive this band.”

Blackberry Smoke formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000. They released their debut album, Bad Luck Ain’t No Crime, in 2003. In 2015 they became the first independent group to have an album go to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The band consists of Charlie Starr on lead vocals, Richard Turner—Brit Turner’s brother—on bass, Paul Jackson on guitar, and Brandon Still on keyboards. Brit Turner was the band’s drummer from 2000 until his recent death.