Founding Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has been experiencing a period of transition in the wake of his famous band’s 2015 breakup, as his main focus is now on his solo career. That change is reflected in the title of Robinson’s just-released fourth full-length studio album, Flux, which he says is a word that best describes “where things are” for him.
Robinson wrote and produced Flux‘s 13 tracks, while also handling lead vocals, guitar duties and most of the bass parts on the album. Flux finds the 47-year-old rocker exploring roots-rock, blues-rock and psychedelic sounds reminiscent of much of The Black Crowes’ work, while adding his own fresh and modern twist.
In The Black Crowes, Rich was content with his brother, frontman Chris Robinson, being the man in the spotlight, but he tells ABC Radio that with regard to being a solo artist, “It’s really interesting and really cool to be able to have this platform…to express myself on this level.”
Robinson reveals that Flux came together in a similar way as his previous solo album, 2014’s The Ceaseless Sight, which he says he mostly wrote in the studio.
“[With The Ceaseless Sight,] I only had a few completed songs…but I really used the energy of the studio to create that record,” he explains. “And I enjoyed it so much that with this record I went up with even less. I had a bunch of just parts, but no songs yet.”
As previously reported, Robinson currently is filling in for Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs on that band’s U.S. co-headlining tour with Joe Walsh. After the trek winds down this Sunday, Rich will launch his own North American outing on July 19 in Whitesburg, Kentucky.
Here are all of Robinson’s upcoming dates, according to his official website:
6/28 — Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion*
6/30 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*
7/1 — Atlanta, GA, Chastian Park Amphitheatre*
7/3 — Nashville, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheatre*
7/19 — Whitesburg, KY, Appalshop Room – Summit City
7/21 — Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall
7/22 — Chicago, IL, City Winery
7/23 — Cincinnati, OH, Live at the Ludlow Garage
7/24 — Ferndale, MI, The Magic Bag
7/25 — Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, Peter’s Players
7/26 — Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, Peter’s Players
7/28 — Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
7/29 — Floyd, VA, Floydfest
7/30 — Washington, D.C., The Hamilton
7/31 — Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
8/2 — Fairfield, CT, FTC Stage One
8/3 — Haddon Heights, NJ, Sundown Music Series
8/5 — Niagara Falls, NY, Bears Den Theater
8/6 — New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
8/7 — Uncasville, CT, The Wolf Den
8/10 — Pawtucket, RI, The Met – Hope Artiste Village
8/11 — Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
8/12 — Allston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
8/13 — Hudson, NY, Club Helsinki
8/15 — Virginia Beach, VA, Shakas Live
8/16 — Pittsburgh, PA, Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
8/18 — Northampton, MA, Iron Horse Music Hall
8/19 — Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios – Woodstock Sessions 2016
8/20 — Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios – Woodstock Sessions 2016
8/21 — Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios – Woodstock Sessions 2016
9/4 — Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre*
9/8 — Columbus, OH, Woodlands Tavern
9/9 — Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
9/11 — Atlanta, GA, City Winery
9/16 — Nashville, TN, City Winery
9/17 — Ferdinand, IN, Ferdinand Folk Festival
9/24 — Austin, TX, Stateside – The Paramount
9/25 — San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for Performing Arts
* = playing with Bad Company.
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