Anyone who yearns for that feeling they got when Lynyrd Skynyrd first appeared in the 70's will absolutely love this - a brilliant blend of rock, blues and country styles coupled with that wonderful southern attitude in the lyrics as has been mentioned by other reviewers here, full of tales of cars, girls, road trips, beer and a wistful hankering for things being like they were in the 'old days'.
Comparisons are inevitably drawn to the original Skynyrd, and rightly so, but for me the Smoke have a broader musical palette including shades of the Black Crowes, Outlaws, Wet Willie, even the Allmans and Marshall Tucker Band in places, coupled with the up-to-date production values of bands like Black Stone Cherry, and all driven with strong country-rock undertones.
All this would be useless if the songs weren't up to the mark, but there truly is no filler here. All the tracks, even the more melancholy ones, have a tongue-in-cheek vibe which brings a smile and that good time feeling you should get with this type of music - and as for musicianship, well check out the wonderful guitar work inc. twin lead/harmony breaks in 'Freedom Song' (the nearest they get to a Freebird-type anthem)- marvellous stuff.
I thought the heyday of the southern rock genre had passed, but these guys have renewed my faith - highly recommended.