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The Black Crowes have announced a 30th-anniversary reissue of their breakthrough debut album, “Shake Your Money Maker”. The Super Deluxe version – available on either four LPs or three CDs – will include a newly remastered version of the original 1990 album, as well as three previously unheard studio recordings. One track, “Charming Mess,” is a song that was originally earmarked to be the Black Crowes’ first single but eventually was left off Shake Your Money Maker.

The Black Crowes’ debut album, “Shake Your Money Maker”, may borrow heavily from the bluesy hard rock grooves of the Rolling Stones and Faces (plus a bit of classic soul), but the band gets away with it due to sharp song writing and an ear for strong riffs and chorus melodies, not to mention the gritty, muscular rhythm guitar of Rich Robinson and brother Chris’ appropriate vocal swagger. Unlike their later records, the Crowes don’t really stretch out and jam that much on Money Maker, but that helps distill their virtues into a handful of memorable singles (“Jealous Again,” “She Talks to Angels,” a cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle”), and most of the album tracks maintain an equally high standard.

Shake Your Money Maker may not be stunningly original, but it doesn’t need to be; it’s the most concise demonstration of the fact that the Black Crowes are a great, classic rock & roll band. Other material on the Super Deluxe edition includes two demos from the band’s early years (when they were known as Mr. Crowe’s Garden), a collection of B-sides and a previously unreleased 14-song concert recording from a 1990 performance in their hometown of Atlanta. Reproductions of early band flyers, a tour laminate, a Black Crowes patch and a 20-page booklet highlight the collectibles included in the set.

Originally released in February 1990, the Black Crowes‘ debut album defied rock sensibilities at the time. While spandex and hair metal were dominating the airwaves, the Crowes offered a back-to-basics approach, full of Southern-rock influences and Rolling Stones-style swagger.

The album would go on to sell more than 5 million copies, spawning radio favourites like “Jealous Again,” “Twice as Hard,” “She Talks to Angels” and a hit cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle.”

The group had intended to celebrate Shake Your Money Maker’s 30th anniversary with a nationwide tour in 2020, but those plans were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. A 2021 trek is tentatively scheduled to kick off next June. The Black Crowes ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ 30th Anniversary Edition Box Set!! Featuring the original studio album remastered by George Drakoulias, 3 never before heard studio recordings, 2 unreleased demos from Mr. Crowe’s Garden, a 14 song unreleased live album from Atlanta GA 1990, vintage The Black Crowes artwork, archived photos, liner notes from David Fricke, plus a 4” Patch.

Available February 26th,

The Black Crowes, ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ 30th Anniversary

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The Black Crowes’ YouTube channel tonight at 6:00 pm PST to catch a three-song set of classic Crowes songs from Chris and Rich Robinson. The video was captured at The Chapel in San Francisco on 6th March 2020 – the final date of the acoustic “Brothers of a Feather” tour.

Months ago, brothers Chris and Rich Robinson thrilled Black Crowes fans by reuniting after nearly eight years and announcing the “Shake Your Money Maker” tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of their best-selling debut album. Ahead of the extensive stadium tour, which is currently scheduled to begin in June, the brothers embarked on a short run of acoustic duo dates – their first time touring under the moniker of “Brothers Of A Feather” in nearly 15 years.

The 11 acoustic shows offered an ideal opportunity for the brothers to reconnect with their fans at intimate venues in cities like London, Amsterdam, Nashville and their hometown of Atlanta. The duo performed many favourites from the Black Crowes’ catalogue of hits, including songs like ‘Remedy’, ‘She Talks To Angels’ and ‘Thorn In My Pride’.

In a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chris Robinson called the reunion with his brother, “An incredible opportunity”, adding, “It’s advantageous for Rich and I to be together and reintegrate ourselves to being on the road and on a tour bus together”.

Robinson also recalled his first rehearsal with his brother, after years of estrangement. “Rich (hit the guitar) and the windows shook, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m ready for this.’ I want that. It might seem silly, but that’s just the way it is”. Robinson added, “It’s an amazing gift that we’ve been allowed to earn our livings playing rock’n’roll music for so long. I never take that lightly.”

Shot live at The Chapel, San Francisco, March 6th, 2020

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Chris Robinson. Hailing from Georgia, Chris Robinson grew up with the Faces and the Rolling Stones as mentors. With the swagger of Rod Stewart, his band, The Black Crowes, burst onto the scene in 1989 with their debut, “Shake Your Money Maker”. The record was a breath of fresh air as grunge was taking over the airwaves. The stripped down music on the record yielded such classics as “Twice As Hard,” “She Talks to Angels,” “Jealous Again” and the Otis Redding classic, “Hard to Handle.” Robinson’s stage presence was quickly compared to Mick Jagger as he strutted like a rooster. With brother Rich on guitar, the band had a bluesy feel which also drew comparisons to the Stones.

As they emerged on the scene in their paisley-printed tunics and born-again hippie attire, people didn’t know what to make of them at first – as they defiantly claimed to save rock’n’roll. Shake Your Money Maker went on to sell more than 5 million copies, reaching triple platinum status and earning the group the Best New American Band distinction by Rolling Stone readers.

While it seemed like they came out of left field, the success of the Crowes was anything but instant. Chris and Rich Robinson initially formed the band in 1984 while in high school in Marietta, Georgia and went by the unfortunately named Mr Crowe’s Garden.

The brothers went through three drummers and half a dozen bass players between their ’84 debut as Mr Crowe’s and the summer ’89 sessions for Shake Your Money Maker. While they initially dabbled in 60’s psychedelic pop and classic southern rock, they gradually turned to the 70s-era blues-rock that would define the group’s eight studio albums.

Cut to the summer of ’89. With a new sound and new lineup in lead guitarist Jeff Cease, bassist Johnny Colt and drummer Steve Gorman, the band headed into the studio to start sessions on Money Maker. George Drakoulias, a former A&R rep for A&M Records turned producer for Def Jam, not only produced the record but also was responsible for scouting them in the first place and securing the record deal. Having studied at the Mick Jagger school of strutting, Robinson made for quite an charismatic frontman and Drakoulias saw potential.

The Crowes were always conspicuous crate diggers and ardent students of music history. They even named Shake Your Money Maker after a song by legendary blues guitarist Elmore James. One doesn’t have to listen hard to pick up the breadcrumb trail of influences ranging from 60s and 70s groups like AerosmithThe Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers, to Faces . In fact, they even recruited Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell to play piano and organ on most of Shake Your Money Maker‘s tracks.

Picking up where their predecessors left off, the Crowes were equally adept at blending rock, soul, country and gospel into something that felt new and electric. With swagger to spare, the very first track opens the album as a declaration and a promise to rock ‘Twice As Hard’.

From the screeching sounds of a car crash on ‘Thick N’ Thin’ to Rich Robinson’s wondrous dexterity on ‘Struttin Blues’, the whole album has that lighting in a bottle feeling and the raw energy of a live band who can’t be contained. But the real success of the album relied upon a pair of No.1 mainstream rock singles, ‘She Talks to Angels’ and ‘Hard To Handle’, which reached number one on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart and No.26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album isn’t all boogie rock and hard rock riffs, there are some quieter moments with the weary and wistful ‘Sister Luck’ and ‘Seeing Things’ which both show off the brothers’ lyricism and Chris Robinson’s whiskey worn vocals. Several of the songs on the album, including ‘Could I’ve Been So Blind’ and the surprisingly affecting ballad ‘She Talks to Angels’, come from the band’s original incarnation when they were just teens.

Unaffected by the critics, Robinson forged on as the band released their sophomore effort, “The Southern Harmony” and Musical Companion, which hit the number one spot on the American charts and spawned the hits “Sting Me” and “Remedy.” The band’s next release, Amorica, was quick to please critics, but with the grunge movement in full swing, the record only sold 500,000 copies. While the group would release three more records, their popularity was in question, and they disbanded in 2002 only to reform in 2005, having released three albums. Now considered classic rock, they have been unable to capture the spark of their earlier work. Whether with the Crowes or as a solo act, Robinson continues to perform to the delight of fans.

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Rich Robinson’s Magpie Salute will release their debut album High Water I on August. 10th, and the band have shared the LP’s first single. “Send Me An Omen,’ to me, wraps up all of the elements of this band,” Robinson said in an official statement. “There’s pure rock ‘n roll juxtaposed with these pop melodies sung with a melancholy that creates this beautiful balance of surreal dark and light.”

The 12 song offering was produced by Robinson, and its sequel – High Water II is already slated for 2019 Release.

The Magpie Salute is made up of Rich Robinson, Marc Ford, John Hogg, Sven Pipien, Matt Slocum and Joe Magistro.

For touring information and more check out their official website.

“Send Me An Omen” from the debut studio album “High Water I” – Available worldwide August 10th, 2018!