Saturday, September 11, 2010

Black Crowes rock Family Circle Stadium

The following concert promo was published in the Charleston Mercury newspaper:

The Black Crowes are celebrating their 20-year anniversary in style with a new album and a concert tour that began August 13. The ‘Goodbye to the Bad Guys’ Tour will visit Daniel Island on Sept. 10, just one day ahead of their induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on September 11 in Atlanta. A unique format accompanies the current tour promising one full set of acoustic music, followed by one electric rock’n’roll set celebrating their southern songs. The band’s debut album in 1990, Shake Your Money Maker, went triple platinum and featured an Otis Redding cover song. Their 2010 release, Croweology, is a double album of all-acoustic music with new arrangements of their best-loved songs and fan favorites. While the band has had a regular turnover of members, the driving force has always remained the Robinson brothers of Georgia. Chris is the tall and vociferous lead singer and Rich is the solid presence on lead guitar. While the brothers are sometimes famous for their feuds, which spawned the aptly name Tour of Brotherly Love, there is something about sibling symmetry that lends itself to artistic invention – especially concerning music. A catalog of fifteen albums shows that this has been a prolific pairing, and they have earned a reputation for excellence in the live music venue. Consider the fact that in the year 2000, rock legend Jimmy Page chose this band to tour with, to perform nothing but Led Zeppelin songs. The Black Crowes disbanded in 2002 and the Robinson brothers pursued solo careers, releasing separate albums and touring in support of them. But in 2005 keyboardist Eddie Harsch suggested that it was time to make music together again, and former members of the band were selected to reclaim their positions on drums, guitar and bass. This reinvigorated the Black Crowes, and while Harsch is no longer a member of the band, keyboards remain a prominent feature in the band’s sound. The reworked version of ‘My Morning Song’ features a hand-clapping acoustic piano bridge that is resonating with fans, and receiving radio airplay. While the band does have a greatest hits album available, it is arguable that to understand the band’s music one needs to listen to their roots – specifically the first three albums. While the first release was a success in every form, it enabled the band to follow-up with two memorable recordings, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion and Amorica. Successful bands often falter with their sophomore release, but the Black Crowes thrived and produced some of the best southern rock of the 90’s. If you can’t make it to the Family Circle Cup Stadium, which is a quite wonderful venue for a concert in the Lowcountry Outdoors, then you may be able to catch the band on public television. They recorded a concert for Live From the Artist’s Den, at the Lyric Theatre in Oxford, Mississippi. The show generally airs on weekends later in the night, but it features the acoustic music of the band as well as separate outtake interviews with lead singer and non-stop philosopher Chris Robinson.

PhotoCourtesyTheBlackCrowes: Brothers Rich and Chris Robinson

VideoByJeffDennis: Lowcountry Greetings from Chris Robinson and Jealous Again clip

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