Rich Robinson of Black Crowes acclaim performs in Vail Tuesday
It’s been a decade since Rich Robinson struck out on his own solo career. Robinson founded The Black Crowes with his brother, Chris, in the late ’80s but started strumming his own path in 2004, after the band went on hiatus in 2001. In the past 10 years, he’s released three solo albums, the latest being “The Ceaseless Sight,” which came out this month and is “all about looking forward,” Robinson said.
While he toured with the Crowes in 2013, Robinson is touring this summer in support of the new album. Robinson brings his gritty Southern rock to Vail on Tuesday when he plays a free show at Hot Summer Nights. It’s only one of two shows Robinson is playing in Colorado for this tour (he plays Cervantes in Denver Wednesday), so catch him while you can.
“We’ll be playing songs off of all three of my records, two EP’s, and a bunch of covers,” Robinson told the Vail Daily during a recent interview.
Vail Daily: You’ve been a musician for 25 years and just released your third solo studio record. Tell me what’s it been like for you to do your own stuff separate from the Black Crowes?
Rich Robinson: It’s become much more fulfilling writing for myself. I’m proud of what the Crowes have accomplished in 25 years, but now it feels good to break away and create without resistance.
VD: You released “The Ceaseless Sight” this month. Are there any themes that emerged with the songs on the album? What would you say the overall message is?
RR: The overall message is about looking forward. To let go of the past and not be fearful of the unknown around the corner. And to look up at the light in our world today. It’s easy to get bogged down in the negative.
VD: Tell me about your process with this album. How long did it take to write the songs? How did you approach the recording process?
RR: I went in to the studio with skeletons of songs in order to use the creative energy of the studio. In the past, I would be more likely to bring in more finished songs.
VD: You toured worldwide with the Black Crowes in 2013. Tell me what the major differences are for you between being on stage for a Crowes show and being on stage for your solo shows? Which do you prefer?
RR: The Crowes have been touring for almost 25 years now. It’s definitely an institution of sorts. Everyone has their role. Touring on my own is different. It’s all about context. We get used to being in or seeing someone in a specific context. I always feel that it’s great to break free from that, lose the comparisons and play the best I can.
VD: You guys played shows in the Netherlands, Poland and the UK earlier this month. Tell me how those shows went and how the new album is being received?
RR: The shows were great. We had a lot of fun. The crowds were really into it and very cool.
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