The Black Crowes: Revivalists of Southern rock
posted at 11/23/2011 12:22 PM EST
I don't know about you, but every time I hear, "She Talks to Angels" or "Hard to Handle" or any number of other Black Crowes' songs, I crank up the volume. I often forget they're not one of the older classic rock bands. They've been called a Southern rock revivalist band, as they worshipped at the altar of that 70's retro sound.
Hit or miss maybe?
The Black Crowes came on the music horizon when 'grunge' bands ruled as music was heading into the 1990's. The Black Crowes, then, went against the grain during that era, arriving with a more classic, bluesy, R&B, arena, b-o-ogie-esque RnR sound. They've played with and opened for some of the most prominent RnR bands such as The Grateful Dead (once), Tom Petty, Govt Mule, Motley Crue, and Oasis, to name a few. They've changed members, but I believe two of the founding members have remained a stable force, the Robinson brothers.
The height of their fame was in the mid-90's, with Chris Robinson as a very popular and likable frontman, securing their popularity. Their decline was rapid by the late 90's, and as their commercial success with their albums failed, and they became a bit of a cliche touring band. Following their hiatus in the early 2000's, they are back with renewed success.
What do you think of this throw-back band? Were they on your radar in the 90's? Are they now?