Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson: “The band has broken up”

The band haven't released any new material since 2009...

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The band haven’t released any new material since 2009…

The Black Crowes have split up, according to a statement released by founding member, guitarist Rich Robinson.


Writes Robinson, “It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of The Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up.”

His statement continues, “I hold my time with the Black Crowes with the utmost respect and sincerest appreciation. It is a huge swath of my life’s body of work. I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished and deeply moved by the relationships people created and maintained with my music. That alone is the greatest honor of being a musician. 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% of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to.”

Robinson concludes, “There are so many people who have helped and supported us along the way. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our fans, our friends behind the scenes, and to everyone who was a part of The Black Crowes.”


The Black Crowes were formed in Georgia in 1989 by Chris and Rich Robinson. The band’s debut album, 1990’s Shake Your Money Maker, yielded multiple hit singles including their cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard To Handle”. Their follow up, The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion reached No #1 in America.

Among their catalogue is the live album, Live At The Greek: Excess All Areas, recorded with Jimmy Page.

The Black Crowes have not released new material since 2009’s Before the Frost…Until the Freeze.

Chris Robinson, who continues to perform with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, has yet to comment.


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