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Black Crowes' Rich Robinson flying solo again

for Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson says it’s easier being a solo artist the second time around.

When the Crowes — which Robinson co-founded with older brother Chris and drummer Steve Gorman during the mid-’80s in Atlanta — went on their first band hiatus in 2001, Robinson formed a new band called Hookah Brown, then released a solo album in 2004 called “Paper.” But, he says, “the first time was so frantic.”

“It was like the band split up and I was trying to find my place in the world.”

But now, with this week’s release of “Through a Crooked Sun,” Robinson has a better idea of what that place is.

“Making this record, I felt like I was much more at ease,” says Robinson, 42, who resides in Atlanta with his second wife and their two young sons, including a September newborn named Bleu. “The energy was great. We just went in and did it. There wasn’t any stress at all around it, which made it really cool.

“And it just flowed. It really was a flowing sort of creative experience, and that was something I hadn’t had for a while.”

Besides his own album, Robinson is producing other artists, including a singer named Sandi Thom. He says the Crowes “haven’t really talked about” the group’s next move, so for now he’s happy to be following his own muse.

“There’s no baggage with this sort of outlet,” Robinson explains. “It’s much more free. The Crowes are great and what we do and whenever we figure it out and whatever we’re gonna do is really cool. You go out there and it brings joy to people, and that’s a gift. But on the flip side there’s a lot of history, a lot of stuff, a lot of family issues wrapped into that — there’s always a good and a bad.

“With this it’s just easy. You go in and create. It’s a much more optimistic kind of place to be, so I definitely would love to be able to do this, go in and make a record and do a tour, every year or every couple of years.”

Rich Robinson and Dylan LeBlanc perform Monday, Oct. 17, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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