Black Crowes | 06.29| New Hampshire

Words by: Andrew Bruss | Images by: Scott Fleishman

The Black Crowes :: 06.29.08 :: Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom :: Hampton Beach, NH

Chris Robinson :: 06.29 :: New Hampshire
The new and semi-improved Black Crowes came through Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom to demonstrate their dynamic new lineup to fans. For those of you who may not follow news within the Crowes camp, guitarist Marc Ford and keyboardist Eddie Harsch are no longer "Soul Singing" with the group. Adam MacDougall has taken over keyboard duties, and the hard to fill shoes of Marc Ford are being filled by none other than Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.

Dickinson's presence can be heard on their recent release, Warpaint. But for folks who were used to the dueling guitar dynamics of Marc Ford and co-founding brother Rich Robinson, the question of how Dickinson would adapt from his sole guitar slot in the NMA to the role the Robinson brothers expect of him could only be answered in a live setting.

To answer the question, Dickinson may not be Ford but he doesn't try to play like him either. After opening the set with "Wounded Bird," the Crowes plowed through a few tunes, including "Stare It Cold," "Go Tell The Congregation" and "Walk Believer Walk," before tearing into "Nonfiction" off 1994's Amorica. The group is known for dishing out long, spacey jams during the tune live, and given Dickinson's heavy blues roots, his ability to man up and dive into a free-flowing psychedelic solo really demonstrated to the crowd that he can fill Ford's shoes, in addition bringing his own southern flavor into the mix. It took him some time to get comfortable with his solo but after a few bars each note became more and more articulate. Rather than playing off each other, ala his dynamics with Ford, Robinson followed up with his own to-the-point solo that placed heavy emphasis on his volume pedal, before vocalist and older brother Chris Robinson came back into the fold to close the song out.

Chris & Rich Robinson :: 06.29 :: New Hampshire
As top-notch as the instrumental aspect of the show was, the elder Robinson's showmanship was below par compared to previous performances. Chris has the preternatural ability to make a crowd go wild and keep them hanging on his every word. At the Casino Ballroom he still put in the effort, and you'd better believe the crowd was digging it, but his heart didn't seem into it. He'd sing and clap and swagger around the stage. However, in the past when he'd work the crowd during his brother's solos, on this occasion he seemed to just drift back, chill side stage and let the guitarists do their thing. With a first-tier performer like Chris Robinson, even a down night would still put most vocalists to shame, but for Chris there was no doubt he was under-performing.

They kept the train a-movin' with set staples like "Jealous Again" and "Wiser Time" before they closed the main set with the first tune off the new album, "Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution."

Earlier in the evening, the group paid homage to The Band by doing an acoustic rendition of "Rockin' Chair," featuring both Robinson brothers on acoustic guitars and Dickinson on mandolin. Given the fact that they've been known to play both "Rockin' Chair" and The Band's "Don't Do It" on a somewhat-regular basis, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" felt like the perfect choice to wrap up their encore. The sing-a-long that ensued was so powerful it took every previous moment of the show and amplified them with sheer beauty. Although The Band consisted primarily of Canadians, drummer and vocalist Levon Helm, who wrote "Dixie," was a southern boy, and it was clear as rain that the Crowes felt a personal affinity with the lyrics.

When push came to shove, the Crowes' set might not have been as great as fans had hoped for. The setlist was pretty heavy on new material, and this may have alienated some of their fans that haven't been keeping up to date. Additionally, Chris' shortcomings didn't help raise the energy in the room. But, all in all, Luther and Rich proved themselves to be one helluva duo, Chris hit every single note and the powerful encore was sure gave attendees their money's worth.

The Black Crowes :: 06.29.08 :: Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom :: Hampton Beach, NH
Wounded Bird, Stare It Cold, Go Tell The Congregation, Walk Believer Walk, Heavy, Nonfiction, Poor Elijah - Tribute To Johnson (Medley), Rockin' Chair, She Talks To Angels Lay It All On Me, God's Got It, Oh Josephine, Wiser Time > Jealous Again > Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution
Encore: Feathers, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals opened the show
Chris played acoustic guitar on "Poor Elijah - Tribute To Johnson (Medley)"
Chris and Rich played acoustic guitars and Luther played mandolin on "Rockin' Chair"
Rich played 12-string acoustic guitar on the first half of "Lay It All On Me"
Steve came out front and played a marching bass drum on "God's Got It"
Chris played acoustic guitar on "The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down"
Chris sang all of the lyrics on "Jealous Again"

The Black Crowes are on tour now, dates available here.

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Comments

gkwoodward starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/16/2008 04:16PM
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gkwoodward

Great review...but........................

No mention of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals? Com'on, one of THEE hottest bands on the scene and not even one word...tisk tisk...

Personally, I'd take a Nocturnals show over the Crowes any day...

See ya'll at Mile High this weekend!!!

tourfan starstarstarstar Wed 7/16/2008 04:28PM
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Looking forward to catching their set at GOTV, and determining for myself if Chris is putting in a half assed effort. Nice review, dark pics. Great venue. And yea, you should have said someting about Graceie Girl.

Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/16/2008 04:30PM
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Chaloupka

Love the Crowes, and the Nocturnals! I'll be @ Mile High too!

Marcsmall Wed 7/16/2008 07:34PM
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Marcsmall

Still not sure If I'll make the 1/2 hour drive to Mile High....The only bands I'm really interested in are Winwood, Leftover, and The Crowes....Theres a couple other decent acts, but most I can take or leave.

pbandJAM7 Wed 7/16/2008 07:53PM
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that is an amazing setlist. i would love to hear the crowes pull off a drove ole' dixie down. i am really in love with the new warpaint album. the crowes just pull off some really great feel good rock n' roll. go crowes!!

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Additionally, Chris' shortcomings didn't help raise the energy in the room.

jcnblues Thu 7/17/2008 03:37AM
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Levon Helm did not write "The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down".

It was written by Robbie Robertson.

toeknee420 Thu 7/17/2008 05:28AM
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toeknee420

I love that venue.

Nasty Nate Thu 7/17/2008 06:50AM
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Nasty Nate

I cannot wait to see them in November. I have 4th row center tickets... Havent seen the Crowes since '95 when they opened for tGD

vwphan starstarstarstar Thu 7/17/2008 09:40AM
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Stoked for Mile High. Even more excited that MOE is playing the same time as O.A.R. so all the douche bags will be cleared out!;

andrewq Thu 7/17/2008 10:06AM
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TK420: Robertson CLAIMED and published that he wrote just about every Band song there was but the fact is that Helm wrote a bunch too . . . including "Dixie." Read Helm's autobiography, "Wheels On Fire".

pabloMO Thu 7/17/2008 10:19AM
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FYI- Levon Helm did not write "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", Robbie Robertson did. Robertson wrote a lot of Band songs that the other members sang, including this one. Great song.

pabloMO Thu 7/17/2008 10:22AM
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Well andrew might be right, I saw a documentary about how Robertson wrote "Dixie" on the piano right after his daughter was born. He had to sing and play really quietly as to not wake his newborn. In the documentary he sings it as he (claims) he wrote it, whispering the lyrics and barely playing the piano. Who knows who's telling the truth....

granola Thu 7/17/2008 11:06AM
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I hated it when Chris Robinson did that tour with Phil and Friends but i loved watching Kate Hudson beautiful self dance on the side of the stage.

gkwoodward starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/17/2008 11:06AM
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gkwoodward

VWPHAN-

I hear yah brother.

Seeing moe. is definitely the show I'm looking forward to most at Mile High, it's been so long since I've seen'em...and O.A.R. is on at the same time....I never thought I'd say this, but Thank You! scheduling for overlapping certain acts...

Anywho, what's the deal w/moe.? I'd heard they were going on hiatus after this tour?

Anyone help me on this one?

p.s.

the night before Mile High, Friday, EOTO is playing a show at the Cervantes Ballroom in Denver...should be a good crew there for the pre-weekend party...

See ya'll tomorrow.

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/17/2008 12:26PM
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MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks

I am so pumped to see these guys with the Black Keys @ the MN State Fair.

I think its their only date together??

crowesfan starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/17/2008 12:26PM
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crowesfan

Man i got screwed out of going to this show and they played Poor Elijah, Rockin' Chair, Feathers, and closed with The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down. I bet that was a sick show from one of the sickest live bands going

Marcsmall Thu 7/17/2008 02:05PM
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Marcsmall

Actually, Robertson doesn't have much of a personal connection to the plight of Confederates....His heritage is half Native American and half Jewish-Canadian.

iwantstogetfunkedup starstarstarstar Thu 7/17/2008 03:12PM
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Love the Crowes! Can't wait for their 5-night run at the Fillmore in December. No diss on Luther Dickinson at all, but I do miss Marc Ford in a big way. His soloing was what oriinally made The Crowes for me...

deadheadjim starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/17/2008 03:26PM
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I can't wait for the Crowes and Phil & Friends later this year. My only beef is that I believe the Crowes will play last, and I don't think Phil should have to open for anybody, I'm not sure of this, any opinions???

chinchillafury Thu 7/17/2008 09:40PM
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MILESGONE - Big Suprise! You've chosen another BC article to share your thoughts on them and how much you hate them. You obviously have nothing positve to say about them, and you post something negative about them everytime Jambase does an article, it really gets old hearing your worthless opinions.

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hey silly man. that was a QUOTE from the article!!!! :P

so get mad at the writer dude. read again.

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"Additionally, Chris' shortcomings didn't help raise the energy in the room. But, all in all, Luther and Rich proved themselves to be one helluva duo, Chris hit every single note and the powerful encore was sure gave attendees their money's worth" so there!!!

chinchillafury Fri 7/18/2008 11:07AM
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Thanks Captain Obvious! You really put me in my place, I never would have caught that one unless you reminded me to what the last two sentences of this article stated.

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help someone get the chinchilla offa me!!

cmkauf Sat 7/19/2008 05:34PM
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" My only beef is that I believe the Crowes will play last, and I don't think Phil should have to open for anybody, I'm not sure of this, any opinions??? "

I can see your beef- Phil has EARNED anything and everything......

BUT

The Crowes are a better band at this point than Phil & Friends

NO DISRESPECT INTENDED

bigfro Fri 7/25/2008 08:54AM
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bigfro

Crowes are better than the CURRENt lipeup of PHIl. Molitz is weak, The twelve year old needs a few years to play these songs the Indian is lame. Molo is good, But the Crowes own them now, Best lineup ever. Luther brings it all together