The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Aug. 19 • 20th Century Theater

Aug 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

In the past, Chris Robinson has incorporated his musical influences into his original material the way an Italian chef works four cloves of garlic into a recipe — with total pride and absolute confidence in the distinct flavor of the finished product. First with The Black Crowes and then with his solo work, Robinson wore his love of The Rolling Stones, Faces and other shambling British Rock icons, plus American Blues and Soul masters Buddy Guy and Otis Redding, like a medal of valor, acknowledging those musical inspirations with clear respect and admiration.

When The Black Crowes went on indefinite hiatus in 2002, Robinson’s new solo direction showcased a decidedly mellower side to his creative personality. That kinder, gentler machine gun hand was evident when the Crowes reassembled in 2007, but it has truly blossomed with the formation of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and the June release of the quietly excellent Bad Moon Ritual.

Featuring lengthy cuts that could easily stretch into longer jams in a concert context, Bad Moon Ritual sounds like CDB’s tribute to the Folk/Rock lilt of Traffic, the Country Jam vibe of the Grateful Dead and the Southern Rock grace of the Allman Brothers and the Marshall Tucker Band with the raucous and gritty Rock volume replaced with an insistent melodicism and an adventurously wandering attention span.

Robinson’s early heroes remain evident in the sound and tone of Bad Moon Ritual, but the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is a contemplative new translation of old inspirations.

THE CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD performs Sunday, Aug. 19 at 20th Century Theater in Oakley. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.