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Watch the video for Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s “Let It Fall” from their 2019 album ‘Servants Of The Sun.’
Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Bruce Springsteen, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lettuce and Calexico & Iron & Wine.
Two series of Green Leaf Rustlers’ concerts in California have been confirmed.
Watch Chris Robinson Brotherhood performing “Rare Birds” off their upcoming album ‘Servants Of The Sun’ live at The Shed.
Read an interview with Chris Robinson about the future of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, what lies ahead for As The Crow Flies and Green Leaf Rustlers and more.
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About Chris Robinson
Although his band may have slowly disappeared from the mainstream after making a grand splash, Chris Robinson and the Black Crowes cultivated a dedicated audience that ensured they would go down as one of the most respected and well-liked roots rockers of the ’90s. By going back to a classic sound in the mold of Humble Pie and the Faces, the Black Crowes were one of the few truly popular bands to continue making rock music that wasn’t rooted in a particular decade during the era of hair metal and (later) grunge. Furthermore, Robinson’s celebrity status afforded him a platform to support political causes and fiercely champion bands like the Jayhawks before the mainstream took notice of their efforts.
Before all of that, he was simply Christopher Mark Robinson, born to an Atlanta musician in 1966. Along with his brother Rich, he was exposed to a variety of musical genres throughout his youth, eventually discovering a love for most kinds of rock. Absorbing tremendous amounts of everything from Big Star to Led Zeppelin, he eventually teamed with Rich to start a band in the early ’80s. Going under the name Mr. Crowe’s Garden, the group started in 1984 and performed a jangly kind of college rock that wasn’t getting them noticed. A terribly unstable lineup haunted the group for several years, but when representatives from American Records spotted the group performing in a club, they were enamored with Robinson’s on-stage presence and soulful voice. Signing the band in 1989, a hilarious debate over a name change (label owner Rick Rubin wanted to rechristen the group “the Kobb Kounty Krows”) eventually led to the simplified Black Crowes moniker.
Working with producer George Drakoulias, the band learned to shape their sound into a blues-based assault that brought to mind the loose, shambling glory of Exile on Main St.-era Stones. Debuting in 1990, the band’s disc Shake Your Money Maker was an enormous success and led to several hit singles. Launched into the mainstream, the band immediately took issue with several of the bands it toured with over corporate sponsorship and became political spokespeople as well as a solid live unit.
Their constant touring also helped the band as their albums began to lose steam commercially. But fans were impressed by their shows and they drew bigger and bigger crowds as the Crows remained on the road for almost all the time between their debut and 2001. In that time they had toured with Jimmy Page and helped usher in the new generation of touring-based rock acts that included other live attractions like Phish and Widespread Panic. But burnout and a career filled with internal struggles put the band on hold, and Robinson started working on more intimate material to combat boredom.
By 2002, he had hooked up with producer/guitarist Paul Stacey and was hammering out his solo debut in the studio. Titled New Earth Mud, the album was a step toward a poppier side of Robinson that was often overshadowed by the technical prowess of his bandmates. Freed from the constraints of the band, Robinson still remained relatively close to the Southern rock sound he was known for. The darker-tinged This Magnificent Distance and the live show Brothers of a Feather featuring his brother Rich Robinson followed in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
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Watch all three sets form The Disco Biscuits closer at Camp Bisco 2019 including a full-set sit-in from former drummer Sam Altman.
Watch John Mayer cover the Grateful Dead’s “Fire On The Mountain” at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Watch pro-shot full set video of The Disco Biscuits’ Friday night sets at Camp Bisco 2019 that saw the band busting out some rarities.
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Check out moe., Blues Traveler and G. Love’s cover-heavy collaborative setlist including takes on Hendrix, The Beatles, Neil Young and The Who.