It would seem that storied Southern rock jam band The Black Crowes have once again called it quits, however, there’s reason to believe that this the break is going to stick. While the band has always been at the mercy of the sibling rivalry between vocalist Chris Robinson and his guitar playing brother Rich Robinson, the latest dissolution apparently came after the singer allegedly asked for a greater stake in the ownership of the band. In a statement Rich Robinson said, “I love my brother and respect his talent, but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100 percent of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to.”
The Black Crowes formed in 1989 in Marietta, Georgia and put out their first album on Rick Rubin‘s Def American record label. Their classic rock n’ roll sound, all swagger and raunch, helped the band stand out during the era of glam metal, thrash and later grunge. Their dedicated live following helped them cross over to the jam band crowd though they have been in many ways an on-again off-again band since the early 2000s. Ironically, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of their debut album, Shake Your Money Maker.
[ article by Ben Smith ]