CR & Neal will play a run of acoustic in-store performances to celebrate the release of ‘Barefoot In The Head’! Look forward to seeing you there!
July 31 – Hollywood, CA – Amoeba Music (6pm) August 1 – Seattle, WA – Silver Platters (6pm) August 2 – Portland, OR – Music Millennium (6pm) August 4 – Berkeley, CA – Amoeba (6pm) August 14 – New York, NY – Turntable Lab (6pm)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s acclaimed live album series, ‘Betty’s Blends,’ returns with ‘Volume 3: Self-Rising, Southern Blends.’ Recorded and mixed live from the soundboard by legendary Grateful Dead archivist and recording engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson, this latest edition captures the CRB on a Southern swing through Atlanta, Raleigh and Charleston in November 2015.
The 3-LP/2-CD set includes original CRB staples like “Clear Blue Sky & The Good Doctor,” “Roan County Banjo” and “Oak Apple Day,” but focuses on the band’s sprawling selection of cover material ranging from Allen Toussaint’s “Get Out Of My Life Woman” to the Leiber/Stoller classic “I’m A Hog For You,” Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs To Me” to the Slim Harpo rarity “The Music’s Hot.” It also marks the first release in the series with current CRB drummer, Tony Leone.
In Robinson’s words: “With Betty, we trust her sonic sensibilities and give her the space and freedom to do what the woman does, and what she does is beautiful and unique. It’s the stuff rock n’ roll dreams and recordings are made of. Viva la Betty!”
Side A I Ain’t Hiding Got Love
Side B Clear Blue Sky & The Good Doctor The Music’s Hot
Side C Roan County Banjo I’m A Hog For You
Side D Oak Apple Day Get Out Of My Life Woman
Side E Honeysuckle Interlude Ride
Side F Tales of Thunder Teeth Girl I Love You She Belongs To Me
3/11 – Longmont, CO – Hops & Handrails 3/24 – McMinnville, TN – Bluegrass Underground (Sold Out) 3/25 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall 3/26 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage (Sold Out) 3/28 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Druid City Music Hall 3/30 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen 3/31 – New Orleans, LA – Hogs For The Cause 4/1 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre 4/2 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall 4/5 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room 4/6 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom 4/7 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater 4/8 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note 4/10 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge 4/12 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theater 4/14 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall 4/15 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall 4/18 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theater 4/20 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater 4/21 – Big Sur, CA – Freaks For The Festival 4/22 – Big Sur, CA – Freaks For The Festival 5/17 – New York, NY – Central Park Summer Stage * 5/20 – Wilmington, DE – Big Noise Music Festival
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood have announced the release of their fourth studio album, Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, out July 29, 2016 via Robinson’s own Silver Arrow Records. The band relocated to northern California for the sessions, recording on the side of a mountain overlooking the foggy Pacific Ocean and channeling the natural majesty of their surroundings into the album’s eight sprawling tracks. Having spent the prior two years touring relentlessly, the CRB were road-tested and in peak form to capture their kinetic chemistry and immersive sound, which Uncut Magazine called, “…a celebration of how American musical traditions can be at once honored and psychedelically expanded.”
“It was an opportunity to see where our expression could take us. For us, when it comes to making records, the looser it gets the better,” says Robinson. “It’s all about taking our intuition and following it to where our ideas can really manifest themselves. This turned out to be the most spontaneous record I’ve ever been a part of.”
Indeed, when the Chris Robinson Brotherhood entered the studio to begin recording the album, no one knew just what to expect. These would be the band’s first recordings with new drummer Tony Leone (Ollabelle, Levon Helm) and their first time producing themselves. Robinson purposely left as much open-ended as possible. Rather than coming into the studio with a collection of finished songs as he had in the past, he would present the group with sketches—a verse and melody here, a chorus and chord progression there—and let the band follow its collective muse to bring the music to life. They’d lean into the improvisational nature that makes their live shows such enthralling spectacles and thrive on the unexpected.
“All it takes is one good, small idea, and then if everyone’s focused and in the moment, a few hours later, you can have something that you realize you’ll be playing for as long as you’re making music,” Robinson continues. “I think when everyone’s aware that that’s the sort of magic that we’re looking for. More than any other session that I’ve ever been a part of, that’s how all of these songs were done.”
The album kicks off with “Narcissus Soaking Wet,” a psychedelic toe-tapper that marks Robinson’s first co-write with keyboardist Adam MacDougall. It touches on everything from Dylan and Parliament Funkadelic to psych rock and Chicago rhythm and blues. “Ain’t It Hard But Fair” calls to mind the soulful Americana of The Band, while “Oak Apple Day” is a mediation on life in the CRB, and “Forever As The Moon” came together in a stream of consciousness between The CRB’s lead guitarist Neal Casal and Robinson. “Leave My Guitar Alone” was a song Robinson had been sitting on for nearly 15 years, but only once he presented it to the rest of the band did it roar to life in a way that had eluded him for more than a decade. Some of Robinson’s finest writing to date arrives in the album’s final minutes, with the country-soul, gospel-tinged closer “California Hymn,” which finds him singing “Glory glory hallelujah / It’s time to spread the news / Though my good words may sound profane to some.”
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood emerged in 2011 by playing close to 50 shows over nine weeks in California before ever leaving the Golden State or officially releasing music. Their introduction on the national stage came in 2012 when they’d release not one, but two acclaimed full-length albums within a few months of each other. Critics hailed their sprawling debut, Big Moon Ritual, as a revelation, with The Independent raving that Robinson had “finally found the ideal vehicle to indulge his taste for ‘Cosmic California Music.'” The reviews were similarly ecstatic for its immediate follow-up, The Magic Door, which was praised by Relix as “classic rock in the finest sense.” The band’s epic tour schedule brought their shimmering acid-Americana around the world for a staggering 118-date tour, firmly establishing the CRB as the new standard-bearers of the psychedelic roots torch. In 2014, they returned to the studio for Phosphorescent Harvest, a masterful collection that showcased the blossoming songwriting partnership between Robinson and Neal Casal. Rolling Stone raved that the album was “electrifying…boast[ing] a vintage rock vibe that’s at once quirky, trippy, soulful and downright magnetic,” and Guitar World called it “a treasure trove of soul that advances the band’s bluesy, kaleidoscopic sound.”
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood will tour throughout 2016 in support of Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, including Summer festival appearances at Mountain Jam, High Sierra Music Festival and LOCKN. They’ve also recently announced the addition of bassist Jeff Hill (Larry Campbell, Shooter Jennings) to the line-up. Individually, Robinson has launched his own radio show, Gurus Galore via SiriusXM Jam On, to share favorite psychedelic gems from his expansive record collection. With a new record in hand, their first tour of Europe this past Winter and a growing number of sold out shows across the U.S., Robinson is as energized as he’s ever been in what’s already been a long and historic career as one of rock music’s most prolific and successful songwriters and frontmen.
“This band is about being a part of a community, it’s our little CRB culture,” explains Robinson. “These are our services when we play our music. And when it’s at its best, we feel like the music makes a connection with people that’s on a level that has nothing to do with commerce or nostalgia. There’s some other gravity that keeps us all together in those moments, and it’s representative of that kind of magic spell we’re chasing.”
Tour Dates 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
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood have announced the departure of original bassist, Mark “Muddy” Dutton. His final show with the band will be March 19 at the Rendezvous Festival in Jackson Hole, WY.
“It has been a great adventure. I wish my brothers a long and beautiful journey, as I leave with pride and fond memories,” says Dutton. “I’m looking forward to the rise of The CRB as they continue to bring the old world to the new.”
Robinson adds: “It’s been a great 5 years. We wish Muddy all the best in his future.”
Austin, TX-based bassist George Reiff—who previously recorded and toured with Robinson in New Earth Mud from 2004 through 2006—will fill in throughout the month of April.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are currently putting finishing touches on a new studio recording tentatively scheduled for release in summer 2016. They recently completed their first tour of Europe where they performed to packed venues across the continent. The CRB will be back on the road in the U.S. throughout Spring and Summer with festival appearances, including Mountain Jam, High Sierra Music Festival and Lockn’.
In New York City for a few days in mid-September supporting Phil Lesh, Chris Robinson stopped by the freeform WMFU to join Dave Hill for an extended interview and spin some psychedelic tracks. Robinson talks upcoming recording sessions for the CRB, set for Jan 2016 in Stinson Beach, California.
Check out the full stream of the show below. Enjoy!
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