Brotherly love

Last year, Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson launched a new project, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. (Read an interview with Chris Robinson, in advance of last year’s CRB performance, here.)

Now, Robinson has struck out on his own before. Remember 2002’s New Earth Mud? And, this summer he toured as part of Weir, Robinson and Greene (aka WRG), with Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir and Americana artist Jackie Greene (who returns to Asheville on Oct. 7). CRB straddles the two not-very-disparate worlds of Black Crowes rock and Grateful Dead jam.

According to a press release, “What began as an experiment without expectations turned into a 118-show journey for Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) that surprised these seasoned pros as music of unshakeable solidity and exuberant reach poured out of them, a New Cosmic California sound with tendrils reaching to the original Fillmore West, Topanga Canyon and outwards towards far horizons.”

The group released its debut seven-track studio album, Big Moon Ritual in June of this year, followed by companion The Magic Door (another seven tracks) just a couple of weeks ago.

Watch the band perform “Rosalee”:

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood plays The Orange Peel on Sunday, Sept. 30. 9 p.m., $18 in advance or $20 day of show.

Band photo by Alissa Anderson, with type by Alan Forbes.


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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