Chris Robinson Brotherhood

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Terrapin Crossroads 11.jpg
Chris Robinson fronting the Brotherhood at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafeal, Calif., April 2014
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Blues rock, psychedelic rock, jam rock
Years active 2011–present
Labels Silver Arrow Records[1]
Associated acts The Black Crowes, Phil Lesh and Friends, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Beachwood Sparks, Hazy Malaze, The Ben Taylor Band, Macy Gray, Patti Rothberg, JJ Grey & MOFRO, The City Champs, Sha Na Na, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Ruthie Foster, Albert King, The Grip
Website Official website
Members Chris Robinson
Neal Casal
Adam MacDougall
Mark Dutton
Tony Leone
Past members George Sluppick

Chris Robinson Brotherhood is an American blues rock band formed in 2011 by Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson while The Black Crowes were on hiatus. The band has released three albums: Big Moon Ritual, The Magic Door,[2] and Phosphorescent Harvest. The band consists of Robinson, guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Mark Dutton, and drummer Tony Leone (who replaced original drummer George Sluppick in January 2015).[3]


Formation and Big Moon Ritual[edit]

Chris Robinson Brotherhood began as an experiment but became a 'band' during their California residency tour.[4] The original intention, according to Robinson, was to "have a local L.A. band, just play in California, see where the music takes us and have a good time."[5] They then embarked on an 118 date North American tour in 2011.[2] Robinson names Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, who sat in with the band during CRB's run at the Great American Music Hall, as both musical inspirations and friends.[4] As well as Robinson, the band features fellow Black Crowes member Adam MacDougall, Ryan Adams collaborator Neal Casal, bassist Mark Dutton, and drummer George Sluppick. Robinson describes the Brotherhood as a "farm-to-table psychedelic band".[5]

Chris Robinson Brotherhood released a version of "Blue Suede Shoes" (written by Carl Perkins) b/w a live version "Girl, I Love You" (written by Al Bell and Eddie Floyd) for Record Store Day on April 21, 2012.[6] The CD version also features a cover of the Jimmy Reed song, "Bright Lights Big City".[7]

The band's debut album, Big Moon Ritual, was recorded at Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, and was released on June 5, 2012.[2] Chris Robinson suggests that Big Moon Ritual is "not a concept album, but it's very conceptual sonically." He also notes that CRB "isn't the type of band that's going to make a concise four-minute song record" and that they prefer instead to make lengthier compositions.[5]

The Magic Door[edit]

Just three months after its predecessor, on September 11, 2012, Chris Robinson Brotherhood's second studio album, The Magic Door, was released. It was recorded at the same time as Big Moon Ritual and features a cover of the Hank Ballard song "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go," which the band has often played live.[8]

"Betty's S.F. Blends, Volume One"[edit]

In September 2013, CRB (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) released an album that featured songs picked by the Grateful Dead's record producer, Betty Cantor-Jackson, which were recorded over five nights in San Francisco. The band played 96 songs altogether and Cantor-Jackson picked the best ones for the album. The album has only been released on vinyl record format, which results in it not being available on CD. The album was called "Betty's S.F. Blends, Volume One". The 5 full shows are also available as separate downloads.[9]

Band members[edit]

Current members
Past members


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart position
2012 Big Moon Ritual
  • Release date: June 5, 2012
  • Label: Silver Arrow Records
The Magic Door
  • Release date: September 11, 2012
  • Label: Silver Arrow Records
2014 Phosphorescent Harvest
  • Release date: April 29, 2014
  • Label: Silver Arrow Records


Year Single details
2012 Blue Suede Shoes / Girl I Love You
  • Release date: April 21, 2012
  • Label: Silver Arrow Records
  • Formats: 7", CD
2013 Older Guys / That's How Strong My Love Is'
  • Release date: 2013
  • Label: Silver Arrow
  • Formats:7", MP3/FLAC


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