Of Black Crowes and record shows

The+Black+Crowes-150x150.jpgThough they haven’t had actual “hits” for quite a while now (blame not them, but a fickle, shallow consumer market instead), the Black Crowes still have a huge following.
From the moment “Hard To Handle” hit the airwaves, it was apparent the Crowes’ nostalgic, R&B-infused, country-tinged rock had the kind of  authenticity you cannot buy. They had the grooves, they had the swagger and they had songs. Even their covers, like the infectious “Hard To Handle,” had an energy that even the originals sometimes lacked.
Now comes word the Crowes have finished recording their new album. Mixing starts in September and the band is aiming for a Spring 2008 release.
None of the 16 tracks have been played live as yet, so it’s all going to be fresh stuff. Paul Stacey and the Crowes themselves produced the record.
The band has new faces. Keyboardist Adam MacDougall will be joining the Crowes for future tours. On the record, you can hear the powerful riffs of North Mississippi Allstars’ guitarist Luther Dickinson.
It should be a match made in heaven, or Dixie.
Now, the Crowes have been a little hit or miss for a while now, but I’m hoping they can recapture the magic of Southern Harmony … — still a favorite of mine.

Lastly, I wanted to say “hey” to everyone who came out to the National Record Show hosted by Goldmine this past weekend at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I had a blast meeting everybody who came up to the stage to say “hi.”
Another highlight was meeting Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway, whose band rocked it like nobody’s business on Sunday afternoon. Even the rain that washed out the outdoor shows that were planned couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of those who were there. The shows were moved inside the Rock Hall with a hell of a lot of effort on everybody’s part and they were amazing.

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