REQUIRED LISTENING: a musician's personal notes about favorite artists.
CHRIS ROBINSON & THE NEW EARTH MUD
This Magnificent Distance.
When I heard of the breakup of the Black Crowes, I was certainly bummed because, in my mind, they were the BEST rock and roll
band of the 90s. But this passing has allowed Chris Robinson, Black Crowes former lead singer, to release two stellar CDs
(New Earth Mud and This Magnificent Distance). As I write this, the CD is only a couple of weeks old but I find my
appreciation for it growing with each listen. Robinson's mix of rock, folk, jazz and soul is unpredictable and several of these
songs send chills down my spine. Chris Robinson's words are both poignant yet mystical and his voice has the soulful quality of Bobby
Womack and James Carr with a rock and roll attitude. "Girl on the Mountain," "Like a Tumbleweed in Eden" and "If You See
California" have a laid back quality that was rarely found in the Crowes music. This CD clearly has more of a band sound than
Chris's first disc (New Earth Mud). Guitarist Paul Stacey co-writes and co-produces ...and together the musicians take the
songs to a higher level. Give This Magnificent Distance a chance. I think it has the possibility to be one of the best releases
in recent memory..
posted: July 2004.