The Black Crowes Inducted Into Georgia Music Hall Of Fame

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This past Saturday in Atlanta at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (9/11/10), THE BLACK CROWES were honored by their home state when they were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame at the 32nd Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show.

The iconic and influential band is commemorating the 20th anniversary of their landmark multi-platinum debut, 1990’s Shake Your Moneymaker, with CROWEOLOGY (Silver Arrow/Megaforce Records), their acclaimed first-ever double album of all-acoustic material with new arrangements of their best-loved songs and deep cuts (****four-star review in Rolling Stone by David Fricke 8/3/10).  The band will take an extended hiatus after their current four-month North American tour ends in December with an epic six-night stand in San Francisco at The Fillmore December 12-19

“This is the first time in 20 years that we’ve all washed our hair on the same day,” noted singer CHRIS ROBINSON, who formed the band in Atlanta with brother/guitarist RICH ROBINSON and drummer STEVE GORMAN. The band–which also includes guitarist LUTHER DICKINSON, bassist SVEN PIPIEN and keyboardist ADAM MCDOUGALL–were inducted by legendary keyboardist Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band) and performed a 15-minute set.  The group played “Remedy” (a #1 rock track from their second album The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion), and Leavell sat in with the group on “She Talks To Angels” (a #1 hit from Shake Your Money Maker) and their first-ever performance of “Georgia On My Mind” (the state’s official song, made famous by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson).

THE BLACK CROWES resumed their “Say Goodnight To The Bad Guys” tour Sunday (9/12) in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Of the trek, which includes three-hour sets of acoustic and electric performances, Gary Graff of Michigan’sOakland Press hailed their Detroit show as “a long and exciting set of organic, flowing rock ‘n’ roll, filling three hours of music (plus a 15-minute intermission) with instrumental dexterity and extemporaneous jamming…[it] sent the fans home dancing, while Friday’s sheer mass of music and organic passion will certainly tide them over for as long as the Crowes feel like nesting (8/21/10).”   Steven Pick of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted that “’Thorn in My Pride’ and ‘High Head Blues’ were perfect examples of the way the band built long instrumental passages into thicker and more enticing waves of sound (8/28/10).”

Elsewhere, Dan Nailen in Salt Lake City, UT’s City Weekly said the show was “…a masterful lesson in how to deliver a true, straightforward rock & roll show. It was slippery enough around the edges to keep it from seeming too clean, but the nine people on stage bringing the vision of founding brothers Chris and Rich Robinson to life also locked in together so tightly for most of the show that it was impossible not to be impressed with the sheer force of what was going on onstage…(9/1/10).”

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