The Black Crowes hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is one of the few southern rock bands that have enjoyed huge success in 1990’s and through new millennium. Their music can be defined as a fusion between Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd with a pinch of heavy blues, combination that have sold nearly 20 million albums worldwide. Since early days in 1984 with original name Mr. Crowes Garden, which also included bassist Johnny Colt, guitarist Jeff Cease and drummer Steve Gorman, Robinson brothers Chris and Rich have been driving force behind The Black Crowes.
In 1989 American Recording signed them and debut album “Shake Your Money Maker” hit the stores in 1990. With success of hit single “Hard to Handle” it sold more than 4 million copies around the world and the band was voted as best new band of the year by music press.
Before 1992 released second album, “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion” Jeff Cease got replaced with Marc Ford and with hits like “Remedy” and “Thorn in my Pride” they rocketed to top of the American charts and to second place in English charts. In the same year, keyboardist Eddie Hersch joins them and The Black Crowes toured extensively, establishing themselves as one of the most popular concert attractions, selling out venues across America.
Third release, ‘94s “Amorica” featured singles “Conspiracy” and “Wiser Time” and it reached top 10 in the U.S., but is often more remembered by controversy surrounding its original cover which featured close-up of American flag bikini bottom with few pubic hair exposed.
Three Snakes and One Charm came out in1996 and debuted at number 15, but despite good reviews it quickly dropped out of the Top 50. Band toured the whole summer supporting their newly released album but long tour caused friction inside the band and at the end both Marc Ford and Johnny Colt parted The Black Crowes.
Although “Kickin’ My Heart Around” was a minor hit, weak sales of 97’s By Your Side ended the relationship between American Recordings and The Black Crowes. Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin was a long time fan of the group and ended up doing extensive tour in 1998 with them. This collaboration also generated live album “Live At The Greek” which came out 1999.
In May 2001, the band released Lions and singles “Lickin” and “Soul Singing” gained enough airplay in radio to help Lions peak at #20 in the charts. Following the world tour The Black Crowes announced that the band was “taking a break” during which Chris and Rich Robinson released album under the name Brothers of a Feather.
During 1993-1996 The Black Crowes recorded two unreleased albums;Tall and Band which found their way into tape trading circuit and they were finally released officially during bands hiatus in 2006 under the name The Lost Crowes.
In 2005, The Black Crowes reunited and have since gone through various changes in their line-up but finally managed to release new album 2008. Warpaint, the seventh studio album by the band and their first album in seven years, entered the charts at #5, their best accomplishment since The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.
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The Black Crowes Discography:
1990 Shake Your Money Maker
1992 The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
1996 Three Snakes & One Charm
1998 Sho’ Nuff (Box Set)
1999 By Your Side
2000 Greatest Hits 1990-1999: A Tribute to a Work in Progress
2000 Live at the Greek (as Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes)
2006 The Lost Crowes
2006 Freak ‘N’ Roll …Into The Fog (live)
2009 Before The Frost… Until The Freeze
Official Website: www.blackcrowes.com