As admitted previously, we've never been massive fans of the Black Crowes. Not to say they aren't a fantastic American band, but there just wasn't anything for us to immediately connect with in their music; it always felt a little distant. Yet, after reading more about their upcoming double-album package "Before the Frost..." and "Until The Freeze" our interests were significantly piqued.
The Black Crowes will release Before the Frost... on Sept. 1, 2009 on their own Silver Arrow Records in conjunction with Megaforce Records. The second half of the double album ...Until The Freeze, will be given away for free exclusively through a unique download code which is included in Before The Frost… as a thank you to their fans. Both albums (20 songs) will come out on limited edition vinyl which the Crowes will also release on Sept. 1.
To read what get's us really excited about this record and to see tour dates, click after the jump.
The Black Crowes can be counted as one of the greastest American rock and roll bands still in existence, and perhaps one of the best ever. Yet, their songs always seemed geared to some other audience, that mainstream radio crowd. We never really felt welcome. Luckily for us, it was all still great music. Yet, on the Before The Frost... project, it seems the Crowes have sought a different aesthetic. They have always channeled classic rock and blues motifs, but it seems that the band is taking a more organic and direct approach to writing and music. They retired to our hero Levon Helm's home studio in Woodstock to record these records in front of an intimate live audience. It seems an attempt to tap into the creative roots found in some of the 70s' greatest country and blues records. Live recording, rural setting, organic writing, and great musicianship, are a long lost staples, rare in the realm of modern pro-tools, city-centric bedroom recordings. Not that that's bad, we just need something to refresh us now and again. Here's hoping the full album (waiting to hear all of it) can live up to the lofty ideals set forth by the band, and by the writing in this post.
Tue, August 25 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap/The Filene Center
Wed, August 26 Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
Thu, August 27 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
Sat, August 29 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event CenterSun, August 30 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
Mon, August 31 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
Wed, September 2 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield @ Central Park Summerstage
Fri, September 4 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
Sat, September 5 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summerstage
Sun, September 6 Virginia Beach, VA American Music Festival
Tue, September 8 Bridgeport, CT The Klein
Wed, September 9 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn's Peak
Fri, September 11 Utica, NY Saranac Brewery
Sat, September 12 Rama, Ontario Casino Rama
Sun, September 13 London, Ontario Centennial Hall
Wed, September 16 Providence, RI Lupo's
Thu, September 17 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Fri, September 18 Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center
Thu, September 24 Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma State Fair
Fri, September 25 Huntsville, AL Big Spring Jam
Saturday, September 26 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Mon, September 28 Oxford, MS The Lyric
Tue, September 29 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
Wed, September 30 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
Fri, October 2 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Sat, October 3 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre