Black Crowes Announce New Tour, Live Release

Photo Credit:  Rod Snyder

Photo Credit: Rod Snyder

Chris Robinson and his band mates in the Black Crowes will be hitting the road again in 2013.  In connection to the upcoming tour, the band has announced that it will also offer a vinyl and digital release of its live release, Wiser for the Time.  The band will release the live recording via Silver Arrow/Megaforce Records on March 19th.  The band’s tour, labeled the “Lay Down With Number 13” tour, will kick off March 24th in Manchester, U.K.  It will take the band through the U.K. through March 30th before coming back to the U.S. April 2nd – May 4th

Tickets for the first leg of the band’s tour will go on sale Friday, January 11th at 10:13 local time.  Ticket information will be available tomorrow, January 1st on the band’s website,  Fans can also go to the band’s website and its Facebook page, to get the band’s current tour lineup and all of its latest upcoming tour dates.

The band’s upcoming vinyl release of its live recording, Wiser for the Time, will be on a four-disc, eight side set.  It will contain a total of twenty-six songs.  Fifteen of those songs will be acoustic.  The remaining eleven songs will be electric.  The collection of songs comes from the band’s sold out five-night stand in New York City from 2010.  The set will also be released as a double album digital download.

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood Puts The Hip In Neo-Hippie

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s new album, “Big Moon Ritual” has officially placed itself into this reviewer’s list of 2012’s best new releases.  This album takes listeners back to the days of David Crosby, The Grateful Dead, and so many other great classic bands and artists.  This is a record that’s perfect not just for that Summer road trip, but also for a casual Fall afternoon.  It’s one of those multi-purpose records to which audiences can listen any time of the year, and simply relax. 

‘Tulsa Yesterday’ is the perfect opener for this album. It’s proof that music is the most powerful drug of all.  Who needs chemicals and other junk when one has this near twelve minute jam session?  One need simply turn off everything around, save for this song, and it will take one into another world all by itself.  Forget the lyrics.  The music is what counts here.  Robinson and his band mates let the music flow from their fingers as if it was some kind of naturally flowing energy.  It’s almost the kind of thing to which a person could fall asleep while they listen.

“Big Moon Ritual” is impressive on its opener, to say the least.  It continues to impress on its second song, ‘Rosalee.’  ‘Rosalee’ has a little bit of a funk vibe about it.  Again, the musicianship of the band shines bright throughout the song.  Everything is perfectly balanced in this song.  And the outer space sound effects added in to the experimental sounds of the band make this another standout song on what is a standout album in whole.

‘Tulsa Yesterday’ and ‘Rosalee’ are wonderful pieces to the musical puzzle that is “Big Moon Ritual.”  They are only part of that puzzle though.  When put alongside the album’s remaining five songs, they combine to make an album that isn’t just a collection of songs.  It is a true musical experience.  This is one of those rare albums that will offer fans something different with each listen because of all of its tiny nuances.  Every track has something special to offer listeners.  And just as every track has its own identity and musical joy to share, it will bring each listener their own special experience.  That is what music is all about.  And that is what makes “Big Moon Ritual” one of the top albums of 2012.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is currently touring in support of “Big Moon Ritual.”  Fans in North Carolina should mark their calendars for Sunday, September 30th.  The band will be making a stop at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina that day.  Fans in other states can keep track of the band’s tour dates and more online at,, and

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Chris Robinson Brother hood announces tour dates to support debut album

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood has officially announced dates for its tour in support of its debut album, “Big Moon Ritual.”  The tour will take the band to thirty-nine cities across the country throughout the Summer and into the Fall.  The tour kicks off this Thursday in New Orleans, Louisiana.  It will then take the band through a handful of dates in the southeast, before heading to the midwest.  From there, the band will swing back to the east coast, starting in the Northeast and head down the coast, including a pair of stops in North Carolina.

North Carolina fans will get to see the band live July 1st in Winston-Salem at Ziggy’s.  Then it will make a trip to Wilming to perform July 3rd at the Greenfield Lake Amphtheater in Wilmington. 

The band will perform its single, ‘Rosalee’ on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno June 5th.  That’s the same day that the album hits store shelves.  “Big Moon Ritual” will be followed up by a companion album, “The Magic Door”, in September.  More information on the band is available online at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at