7 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Whether with The Black Crowes or with his Brotherhood, Chris Robinson has remained devoted to classic rock values. Where once The Rolling Stones and The Faces were his obvious influences, with a touch of The Allman Brothers Band, Robinson has now settled on exploring the outer reaches of The Grateful Dead (again with a touch of The Allman Brothers Band). The Magic Door is the follow-up to Big Moon Ritual, released just three months earlier. It's another mind-melting outing with silvery guitars, way-out keyboards, and a massive improvisation in "Vibration & Light Suite" to keep the jam-band circuit engaged. A garage-rock take on Hank Ballard's "Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go" could have been culled from the first Dead album. The Black Crowes' ballad "Appaloosa" breaks out the acoustic guitars for a vintage folk break. "Little Lizzie Mae" cranks out a blues Bob Dylan would be proud of. The Neal Casal/Adam MacDougall/Chris Robinson–penned "Sorrows of a Blue Eyed Liar" is an audiophile's dream in guitar-tone heaven.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Whether with The Black Crowes or with his Brotherhood, Chris Robinson has remained devoted to classic rock values. Where once The Rolling Stones and The Faces were his obvious influences, with a touch of The Allman Brothers Band, Robinson has now settled on exploring the outer reaches of The Grateful Dead (again with a touch of The Allman Brothers Band). The Magic Door is the follow-up to Big Moon Ritual, released just three months earlier. It's another mind-melting outing with silvery guitars, way-out keyboards, and a massive improvisation in "Vibration & Light Suite" to keep the jam-band circuit engaged. A garage-rock take on Hank Ballard's "Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go" could have been culled from the first Dead album. The Black Crowes' ballad "Appaloosa" breaks out the acoustic guitars for a vintage folk break. "Little Lizzie Mae" cranks out a blues Bob Dylan would be proud of. The Neal Casal/Adam MacDougall/Chris Robinson–penned "Sorrows of a Blue Eyed Liar" is an audiophile's dream in guitar-tone heaven.

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About Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Founded in 2011 by Chris Robinson, the Black Crowes frontman, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood came together around guitarist Neal Casal, drummer George Sluppick, bassist Mark Dutton, and Black Crowes keyboard player Adam MacDougall. The group's studio debut, Big Moon Ritual, arrived in June the following year, with its sequel, The Magic Door, appearing just three months later. The single "Older Guys" was released at the end of 2012, followed by a live album entitled Betty's S.F. Blends, Vol. 1 a year later. In February of 2014, the CRB dropped the preview track "Shore Power" as a teaser for their next studio full-length, Phosphorescent Harvest, which was released in April. Two years later, the band returned with the studio effort Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, which was followed up quickly with If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home by Now, an EP recorded at the same sessions. The CRB released a third volume of Betty's Blends -- their umbrella term for live albums -- in 2017, this time capturing shows from 2015. Two months after this live set, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood returned with Barefoot in the Head, their second studio album in the space of one year. ~ Bradley Torreano

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Rock
FORMED
2011

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