A Mellower Chris Robinson to Sing the Blues at Pittsfield’s Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

June 25th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Sara
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. (photo: Alissa Anderson)

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. (photo: Alissa Anderson)

The former front man for the Black Crows – which he founded with his brother Rich in 1984 – has been on the road with his new group The Chris Robinson Brotherhood for some time now. Onstage the performance has been described as a throwback to the sound of the 1970s, played with an attitude that is very 1990s and whose future in the 2000′s is still to be determined. Robinson they say, has mellowed as have most of us, the rocking guitar riffs and screaming vocals replaced with a more palatable southern blues edge.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood will be jamming out to their mellow tunes Tuesday, June 26 at 7:30 pm at The Colonial Theatre with openers Sarah Lee and Johnny.

In 2011, after more than 20 years of intense gigging and recording, Chris Robinson set off to shape something new, a fresh rock mythology, a breathing kaleidoscopic thing stuffed with chooglin’ soul, bedrock boogie and shuffling wisdom birthed in intimate clubs and amongst the tall trees of the Golden State and eventually taken nationwide as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood evolved. 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.

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Q&A with the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson

September 3rd, 2009, 2:10 pm by Greg

BeforeTheFrostReleased this week, the new Black Crowes album, “Before the Frost…,” features all new material recorded over the course of five nights in front of a live audience just down the road in Levon Helm’s Woodstock studio barn. It’s actually a live double-album, as it also includes “…Until the Freeze,” a free bonus download-only album.

“Before the Frost…Until the Freeze” is the second consecutive album that the Black Crowes have made in Woodstock, having previously recorded “Warpaint” at Allaire Studios in 2007.

Here’s a little Q&A with Chris Robinson about the band’s experience in Woodstock and their approach to music in general:

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