The Chris Robinson Brotherhood started as an experiment and turned into a band, with a new album out this week. Along with Robinson are Neal Casal on guitar, Adam MacDougall on keyboards, George Sluppick on drums and Mark “Muddy” Dutton on Bass. Robinson, best known as the front man of the Black Crowes, is an old school rocker and father of two. He recently spoke to Rolling Stone about his life now and the Brotherhood project which will rock the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield later this month.
This started as an experiment. When did it become a band? Just a few weeks into the California residency tour last year. When we put all the pieces together and started getting the songs, the idea was not to look too much into the future – “Let’s be present with this and let’s see how we feel.” There was no entourage or commune to take care of. It was just the five of us and our friend, our tour manager, in a van. We did 13,500 miles in a van with just us. I think a couple of weeks into that, we started to let the cosmic vibes flow through us and we realized, “Oh, wow, this is something that feels really good.” Being a pop artist or making music like a jingle or something – I don’t do that [laughs]. So for us it was exploratory. The whole brotherhood thing was a little bit tongue-in-cheek when we came up with it, but that’s how we feel. And it’s still just us.
Is there a philosophy behind this project? When I think about the real pioneers of the psychedelic movement in a musical sense, not just the culture, everything had a handmade sort of vibe to it. We’re inventing our culture as we move along into this.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
With special guests Sarah Lee and Johnny
At The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield Tuesday, June 26 • 7:30pm
Tickets • VIP: $60 (includes preferred seating) A: $50 B: $35 C: $25 (limited balcony)