Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music

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BLACK CROWES, The

Southern rock band from Atlanta, led by brothers vocalist Chris and guitarist Rich Robinson. Their father was a professional musician who played at the Grand Ole Opry; Rich said, 'Chris and I didn't decide to be in a band, we just assumed it.' Turned pro '84 as Mr Crowe's Garden at a bar in Chattanooga; as Black Crowes with guitarist Jeff Cease, Johnny Colt on bass, Steve Gorman on drums, their first album was Shake Your Money Maker '90 and went top five with top 40 hit 'Highway Song'. Cease was replaced by Marc Ford; second album The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion '92 reached no. 1; Eddie Harsch joined on keyboards; Amorica '94 and Three Snakes And One Charm '96 were both top 15. Their music sounds like retro to critics, but they don't care; Chris said, 'I grew up in the Southern United States, and all those forms of music -- jazz, blues, gospel, R&B and rock'n'roll -- all came from the South. And it's still there.' They change the set list every night and allow space for jamming; the records are only souvenirs of a live act, which is how it should be; like today's young jazz musicians they are far enough from their heroes and their influences to play what they want.