SOME STUFFS: Chris Robinson Brotherhood add dates to forthcoming tour

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood are anxiously awaiting to release their new album called Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel but they’ll have to wait until July 29th, as that’s the day Robinson decided to release it through his own Silver Arrow label.

Another thing coming up is more shows, as the group had been on tour and are currently taking a few weeks off before returning to get back on the steel horse they ride. They’ve added to the tour but all of the shows from next week until mid-September are still valid.

July 1… Quincy, CA (High Sierra Music Festival)
July 15… Charleston, SC (The Music Farm)
July 16… Orlando, FL (The Beacham)
July 17… Fort Lauderdale, FL (Culture Room)
July 19… St. Petersburg, FL (The State Theatre)
July 21… Macon, GA (Cox Capital Theatre)
July 22… Augusta, GA (Sky City)
July 23… Wilmington, NC (Greenfield Lake Amphitheater)
July 24… Norfolk, VA (The Norva)
July 26… Asbury Park, NJ (The Stone Pony)
July 27… Annapolis, MD (Rams Head Onstage)
July 29… Fairfield, CT (The Warehouse)
July 30… Beverly, MA (The Cabot)
July 31… Plymouth, NH (Flying Monkey)
August 5… Stowe, VT (The Rusty Nail)
August 6… Hartford, CT (Infinity Hall)
August 7… Newton, NJ (The Newton Theatre)
August 25… Arrington, VA (LOCKN’)
September 16… Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheater)
September 21… Buffalo, NY (Town Ballroom)
September 23… Pontiac, MI (Crofoot Ballroom)
September 25-26… Cleveland, OH (Beachland Ballroom)
September 29… Stroudsburg, PA (Sherman Theater)
September 30-October 1… Boston, MA (Paradise Rock Club)
October 2… Syracuse, NY (Westcott Theatre)
October 4… Grand Rapids, MI (The Intersection)
October 6… Cincinnati, OH (20th Century Theater)
October 7… Nashville, TN (Cannery Ballroom)
October 8… Columbia, MO (The Blue Note)
October 9… Omaha, NE (Slowdown)
October 11… Minneapolis, MN (Varsity Theater)
October 13… Indianapolis, IN (Deluxe @ Old National Center)
October 14… Chicago, IL (Thalia Hall)
October 15… Madison, WI (Majestic Theatre)
October 16… Milwaukee, WI (Turner Hall Ballroom)
October 20… Louisville, KY (Headliner’s Music Hall)
October 21… Charlotte, NC (The Neighborhood Theater)

Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel is available for pre-order below via Amazon.com.

SOME STUFFS: Chris Robinson return with The Brotherhood for album #4

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are returning with a new album, their fourth, come July 29th. You’ll have to wait for almost three months to check out Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, to be released on Robinson’s own Silver Arrow label, the label he used in the last days of The Black Crowes. You might be asking yourself “last days?” Well, they may be on hiatus but we don’t know if and when they’ll return so if you haven’t got familiar with what Robinson has been doing, catch up. Best way to begin is with a song called “Narcissus Soaking Wet”, which begins kinda trippy but is very soulful and bluesy just as you like it.

The group are heading on tour this June but they’ll begin with a one-off show next week Friday at the Cherokee Creek Music Festival in Texas. Then it’ll be time to spend the rest of spring into the Brotherhood’s arms and make the summer another great one:

May 13… Cherokee, TX (Cherokee Creek Music Festival)
June 2… Hunter, NY (Mountain Jam)
June 4… Atlanta, GA (Chandler Park Music & Food Festival)
June 5… Knoxville, TN (Bijou Theater)
June 6… Birmingham, AL (Iron City)
June 9… New Orleans, LA (Tipitina’s)
June 10… Dallas, TX (Gas Monkey Live)
June 11… Austin TX (Scoot Inn)
June 12… Houston, TX (Warehouse Live)
June 14… Little Rock, AR (Revolution Music Hall)
June 15… Jackson, MS (Duling Hall)
June 16… Memphis, TN (New Daisy Theatre)
June 18… Bend, OR (4 Peaks Music Festival)
July 1… Quincy, CA (High Sierra Music Festival)
July 15… Charleston, SC (The Music Farm)
July 16… Orlando, FL (The Beacham)
July 17… Fort Lauderdale, FL (Culture Room)
July 19… St. Petersburg, FL (The State Theatre)
July 21… Macon, GA (Cox Capital Theatre)
July 22… Augusta, GA (Sky City)
July 23… Wilmington, NC (Greenfield Lake Amphitheater)
July 24… Norfolk, VA (The Norva)
July 26… Asbury Park, NJ (The Stone Pony)
July 27… Annapolis, MD (Rams Head Onstage)
July 29… Fairfield, CT (The Warehouse)
July 30… Beverly, MA (The Cabot)
July 31… Plymouth, NH (Flying Monkey)
August 5… Stowe, VT (The Rusty Nail)
August 6… Hartford, CT (Infinity Hall)
August 7… Newton, NJ (The Newton Theatre)
August 25… Arrington, VA (LOCKN’)
September 16… Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheater)

SOME STUFFS: Chris Robinson Brotherhood on the road again this fall

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood will be heading back on the road this fall, and does that mean they have a new album out? No.

Not yet, at least.

The group have plans on heading into the recording studio this winter to record their new album, so perhaps it’s safe to say they will be testing a small handful of new songs while on the road. Check out where they’ll be heading to:

August 29… Nederland, CO (NedFest)
September 11… Arrington, VA (LOCKN’ Festival) *
September 12… Charlotte, NC (The Chop Shop)
September 13… Nag’s Head, North Carolina (Kelly’s)
September 16… New York, NY (Central Park SummerStage) *
September 18… Buffalo, NY (The Town Ballroom)
September 19-20… Cleveland, OH (Beachland Ballroom & Tavern)
September 22… Louisville, KY (Mercury Ballroom)
September 24… Cincinnati, OH (20th Century Theater)
September 25… Geneva, NY (Smith Opera House)
September 26… Wappingers Falls, NY (Speed of Sound Festival)
September 27… Millvale, PA (Mr. Smalls Theatre)
September 29… Pontiac, MI (Crofoot Ballroom)
October 1… St. Louis, MO (Old Rock House)
October 2… Chicago, IL (Thalia Hall)
October 3… Madison, WI (Majestic Theatre)
October 4… Milwaukee, WI (Turner Hall Ballroom)
October 6… Nashville, TN (3rd & Lindsley)
October 8… Birmingham, AL (Iron City)
October 9… Jackson, MS (Duling Hall)
October 10… New Orleans, LA (Tipitina’s)
October 13… Baton Rouge, LA (Varsity Theatre)
October 15… Houston, TX (Warehouse Live) **
October 16… Austin, TX (Scoot Inn) **
October 17… Dallas, TX (Gas Monkey Bar ’N’ Grill)
November 3… Asheville, NC (The Orange Peel)
November 5… Atlanta, GA (The Variety Playhouse)
November 6… Charleston, SC (The Music Farm)
November 7-8… Raleigh, NC (Lincoln Theatre)
November 17… Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
November 19-21… Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Bowl)
November 22… Philadelphia, PA (Theatre of the Living Arts)
December 3… Napa, CA (City Winery)
December 4… Sacramento, CA (Harlow’s)
December 5… Crystal Bay, NV (Crystal Bay Club Crown Room)
December 6… Santa Cruz, CA (Coconut Grove)
December 9… Los Angeles, CA (El Rey Theatre)
December 10… Santa Barbara, CA (Lobero Theatre)
December 11-12… San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)

* w/ Phil Lesh & Friends
** w/ Leftover Salmon

SOME STUFFS: Chris Robinson to release new album with the Brotherhood this Friday

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If you have been waiting for new music from Chris Robinson, Friday is the day. He and the Brotherhood will be releasing a new EP exclusively on vinyl called Try Rock ‘N’ Roll, a celebration of the music of the past featuring four cover versions, including Mel Tillis’ “Goodbye Wheeling”, Delaney Bramlett/Mac Davis’ “Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingam” (covered by Bobby Whitlock and Blue Cheer, among many), and a live rendition of Big Joe Turner’s “Shake Rattle And Roll”, also made famous by Bill Haley & The Comets. The title track is the centerpiece, originally performed by Bobby Mitchell. To check out “Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham”, head to LA Weekly for a listen.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood are currently on tour but the new record will only be sold at record stores, so head to your favorite vinyl shindigs and get a copy or two. As for a show, head there too, incuding some festival dates in April down in Australia:

November 25-26, 2014… San Diego, CA (Belly Up)
November 28, 2014… Los Angeles, CA (El Rey Theatre)
November 29, 2014… Santa Barbara, CA (Lobero Theatre)
November 30, 2014… Santa Ana, CA (The Observatory)
December 2, 2014… Sacramento, CA (Harlow’s)
December 3, 2014… Arcata, CA (Humboldt Brews)
December 5, 2014… Nevada City, CA (Miner & Foundry)
December 6, 2014… Chico, CA (El Rey Theater)
December 7, 2014… Sonoma, CA (Sonoma Winery)
December 30-31, 2014… Denver, CO (Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom)
January 2, 2015… Telluride, CO (Telluride Mountain Village)
January 7, 2015… Park City, UT (FIS Freestyle World Cup)
January 17, 2015… St. Petersburg, FL (Sunshine Music & Blues Festival)
January 18, 2015… Boca Raton, FL (Sunshine Music & Blues Festival)
February 3, 2015… Minneapolis, MN (Fine Line Music Cafe)
February 5, 2015… Milwaukee, WI (Turner Hall)
February 6, 2015… Chicago, IL (Park West)
February 7, 2015… Pontiac, MI (Crofoot Ballroom)
February 8, 2015… Millvale, PA (Mr. Small’s Theatre)
February 10, 2015… Woodstock, NY (Bearsville Theatre)
February 11, 2015… Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
February 13-14, 2015… Boston, MA (Paradise)
February 15, 2015… Stowe, VT (Rusty Nail)
February 19, 2015… Huntington, NY (The Paramount)
February 20-2, 2015… New York, NY (Gramercy Theatre)
February 22, 2015… Philadelphia, PA (Theatre of the Living Arts)
April 2-3, 2015… Byron Bay, Australia (Bluesfest)
April 4, 2015… Melbourne, Australia (The Corner Hotel)
April 6, 2015… Sydney, Australia (Metro Theatre)

REVIEW: Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s “Big Moon Ritual”

Photobucket It came as a shock but a welcome surprise when I saw that Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes had a new album out with a band under his own name, and one that might make some go “wow, so by calling themselves Chris Robinson Brotherhood, is he saying that the sense of brotherhood he has with his new band is a lot better than the band that had his own brother?” I don’t know, but I will say that as someone who has been a fan of Robinson’s voice since the first album, it’s great to hear him in a different context, even if that context is only in name. It’s my way of saying if you ever loved the work of the Black Crowes over the years, you will love his new venture on their debut album, Big Moon Ritual (Silver Arrow).

What I love about this album is that, if you ever preferred the Black Crowes in a live setting over the limitations of what they did in the studio, you will find this album to be incredible. Robinson is very much the stoner bluesman who loves live, love, music, and good times, and even those who celebrate the good times suffer with the blues. This has always been one of the reason I’ve enjoued hearing him, because with the voice he has comes lyrics which comes from experience or at least a curiosity about what the next man things. It’s very much a “brother man” mentality, and he does this with a band who truly love what they do. The opening track, “Tulsa Yesterday”, even gets into a nice jam that feels like it could go on for 15 to 20 minutes in a Grateful Dead fashion (and considering they’ve done many shows with Bob Weir, I wouldn’t be surprised if it has. I’ll have to check and see if any live shows are circulating.) It’s bluesy, they’re not afraid to incorporate some country, and what surprised me is that out of nowhere, here comes a Minimoog solo (or what sounds like a Minimood). It reminded me of 1975 era Pink Floyd, specifically the solo Richard Wright did at the end of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond: Part IX”, and it wouldn’t surprise me if keyboardist Adam MacDougall (or Robinson) had that vibe in mind.

Robinson has never been afraid to wear his freak flag high, and as high as he may be in a social setting, his music and lyrics have always been down to Earth, and Big Moon Ritual is an earthy album for those who love music with emotional impact, one that allows us to say “yes, we’re human, we deal with shit, but there’s also a good world out there. We have to live it and find it for ourselves.” He could easily get trippy and sing something like “I’m interplanetary, I’m going to reach for the universe and milk the way out of the constellations” but the album is called Big Moon Ritual. Life is about celebrating under the big moon, and our ritual is simply finding something we want to do on a routine. Joy in repetition, as Prince once said, and this ritual is mmm mmm good.

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