Rich Robinson Announces The Black Crowes Have Broken Up

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UPDATE: Listen to drummer Steve Gorman extensively talk about the breakup here.

With an official statement from founding member, guitarist Rich Robinson, influential roots-rock band The Black Crowes have broken up. Founded in 1989 in Marietta, Georgia, the band quickly became known for their hit songs “She Talks To Angels,” “Remedy” and their cover of “Hard to Handle.” The Crowes’ last performance was at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on December 14, 2013.

Co-founding member (and Rich’s brother ) Chris Robinson currently fronts his solo band The Chris Robinson Brotherhood which is slated to play this weekend at the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival in Florida. As of press time, Chris has yet to respond to Rich’s statement which claims Chris pressed Rich to give up his equal share of the band and that drummer Steve Gorman move forward as essentially a “salaried employee.” Rich currently performs solo and with his own band, while Gorman and Jackie Greene (who toured with the Crowes in 2013) are members of Trigger Hippy.

Here’s the full text of the Rich Robinson’s statement:

AFTER 24 YEARS RICH ROBINSON SAYS THE BLACK CROWES ARE NO MORE

The Black Crowes, the highly influential, critically and commercially successful band has disbanded, per an announcement today from founding member Rich Robinson. Robinson, the group’s guitarist and songwriter, founded the band with his brother Chris in their hometown of Marietta, GA. Their first album, Shake Your Money Maker, yielded multiple hit singles and has been RIAA certified as a multiplatinum (over 5 million) seller. Their follow up, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion is, likewise, multiplatinum and rose to #1 on Billboard’s Top 100 Album Chart. The group’s catalog also includes additional RIAA-certified releases, including the critically acclaimed Amorica, By Your Side and a live collaboration with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.

Rich Robinson released a statement concerning the band’s conclusion in which he states, “It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of The Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up.”

His statement continues, “I hold my time with the Black Crowes with the utmost respect and sincerest appreciation. It is a huge swath of my life’s body of work. I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished and deeply moved by the relationships people created and maintained with my music. That alone is the greatest honor of being a musician. I love my brother and respect his talent but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100% of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to.”

Robinson concludes, “There are so many people who have helped and supported us along the way. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our fans, our friends behind the scenes, and to everyone who was a part of The Black Crowes.”