published Friday, August 10th, 2012

Black Crowes lead singer solo project heads to Track 29 Thursday

IF YOU GO

What: An Evening With the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

When: 9 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Track 29, 1400 Market St.

Admission: $18.

Phone: 521-2929.

Venue website: www.track29.co.

In 2011, a Black Crowe left the flock to fly solo.

Founded in 1989 by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson (vocals and lead guitar), the Marietta, Ga.-based Black Crowes are Southern blues rockers best known for the songs "Hard To Handle" and "She Talks to Angels."

Last year, the band took its second hiatus following an initial break that lasted from 2002 to 2005.

Just before the lull, Chris Robinson announced the formation of a new solo project, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

Robinson previously had ventured off with other groups, including New Earth Mud, Phil Lesh and Friends and a stint of dates performing alongside Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page while still with The Crowes.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood features a jammy, psychedelically soulful take on the Crowes' Southern-fried sound, which is draped in shimmering organ, guitars filtered through wah-wah effects and synthesizers.

Thursday, Robinson will be joined at Track 29 by Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) as the Brotherhood makes its Chattanooga debut.

Track 29 co-owner Adam Kinsey said the show will provide Robinson's fans with plenty of bang for their buck.

"It's 'An Evening With Chris Robinson,' so it's two full sets," he said. "People who love this type of music are in store for a couple hours of his music.

"The Black Crowes, when they played at Riverbend four years ago, did a phenomenal job. I've listened to the new stuff, and people who are familiar with The Black Crowes will like this just as much, if not a little bit more."

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood's debut recording, the seven-track EP "Big Moon Ritual," hit stores June 5. Critics have praised the singer's new direction, calling the album "expertly ... navigate[d]" (The Guardian) and "alluring" (Allmusic).

about Casey Phillips...

Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, consumer technology, animals and news of the weird. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German from Middle Tennessee State University, where he worked as the features editor for the student newspaper, Sidelines. Casey's writing has earned numerous accolades, including first and second place ...

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