Chris Robinson Brotherhood has announced the release of Betty’s Blend’s, Volume Two: Best From The West on June 2. Recorded and mixed by the legendary Grateful Dead archivist Betty Cantor-Jackson, the seven-track collection features performances captured throughout The CRB’s 2014 summer tour of the western United States, including “Rosalee” from the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, “Shore Power” from Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, “Burn Slow” from Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver and a standout 15-minute plus version of “Vibration & Light Suite” from Theatre Deville in Vacaville, CA. In addition to CRB originals, the set includes a pair of covers: “They Love Each Other” by The Grateful Dead and “Driving Wheel” by Tom Rush, which are invariably highlights of The CRB’s live shows.
True to the band’s farm-to-table aesthetic, Betty’s Blends, Vol. 2 will be issued by Robinson’s own label imprint, Silver Arrow Records, as a limited edition release with only 2000 2-LP sets, 2000 CDs and 2000 downloads available.
“Off we go on another sonic adventure through the ears and mind of the one and only Betty Cantor-Jackson,” says Chris Robinson. “Clear some room, lay on the music and let the high times commence!”
Chris Robinson Brotherhood will be touring throughout 2015, including a number of high profile summer festivals.
2015 WINTER TOUR KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND IN FLORIDA
FOLLOWED BY MIDWEST AND EAST COAST DATES IN FEBRUARY
Chris Robinson Brotherhood announce today that Tony Leone has joined the band on drums. His first performance with The CRB will be this coming weekend at the Sunshine Music & Blues Festival in Florida followed by a 14-date tour across the Midwest and East Coast in February. Leone’s arrival follows the departure of the band’s original drummer George Sluppick.
New York City-based Tony Leone began his career working with jazz luminaries like Illinois Jacquet, Lou Donaldson and Jon Hendricks. In 2002, he co-founded the acclaimed roots ensemble Ollabelle with Amy Helm. Through the association, he became a fixture at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble sessions in Woodstock, NY. He’d fill the drum seat when Helm stepped away to play mandolin and sing. A highly regarded studio and touring musician, Leone’s resume includes work with Shooter Jennings, Rickie Lee Jones and Donald Fagen among many others.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood thanks George Sluppick for his contribution to the band over the last three years and wishes him continued success in future musical endeavors.
Upcoming Chris Robinson Brotherhood tour dates are:
Jan. 17 – St. Petersburg, FL – Sunshine Music & Blues Festival Jan. 18 – Boca Raton, FL – Sunshine Music & Blues Festival Feb. 3 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe Feb. 5 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Feb. 6 – Chicago, IL – Park West Feb. 7 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom Feb. 8 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre Feb. 10 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theatre Feb. 11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club Feb. 13 – Boston, MA – Paradise Feb. 14 – Boston, MA – Paradise Feb. 15 – Stowe, VT – Rusty Nail Feb. 19 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount Feb. 20 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY Feb. 21 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY Feb. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts Mar. 28 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Apr. 2 – Byron Bay, Australia – Bluesfest Apr. 3 – Byron Bay, Australia – Bluesfest Apr. 4 – Melbourne, Australia – The Corner Hotel Apr. 6 – Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre May 22 – N. Lawrence, OH – The Ville May 31 – Napa, CA – Bottlerock Festival Jul. 25 – Floyd, VA – Floydfest