Chris Robinson

Biography

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is touring in support of their latest release, Phosphorescent Harvest.  Praised by Rolling Stone as “once quirky, trippy, soulful and downright  magnetic,” it’s the band’s third full-length for Silver Arrow Records.  Robinson declares: “We’ve created a piece of rock ‘n’ roll here. People can look to us and rest assured the genre is alive and well.

The CRB (as they are affectionately known  by fans) made an immediate impact upon their boldly unconventional debut  in early 2011. They embarked on close to 50 shows over nine weeks in  California before ever leaving the Golden State. In fact, they’d wait  until 2012 to truly introduce themselves nationally with the release of  two sprawling studio albums: Big Moon Ritual (June 2012) and The Magic Door (September 2012), which showcase a freewheeling improvisational chemistry. The band: Robinson (vox / guitar), Neal Casal (guitar / vox), Adam Macdougall (keys), Tony Leone (drums) and Mark Dutton  (bass) — would further develop their identity as a self-defined “farm  to table psychedelic rock band” over a 118-show stretch. Late 2013 saw  the fruits of this labor forever captured by legendary tape priestess,  Betty Cantor-Jackson (Grateful Dead), on the eight-sided limited-edition  vinyl release Betty’s S.F. Blends Volume 1, which documented a glorious five night run the previous December at San Francisco’s famed Great American Music Hall.

Only momentarily content with their auspicious rise, the Brotherhood reconvened with producer Thom Monahan  (Vetiver, Beachwood Sparks, Devendra Banhart) shortly thereafter to  record yet another set of ten songs that would become the 2014 release, Phosphorescent Harvest.  Where Robinson had been the primary instigator behind the 14  compositions that populated the band’s first two releases, this latest  effort documents his burgeoning songwriting partnership with Neal Casal.

It also finds The CRB refining its approach within the studio. The two  previous recordings were for all intents and purposes cut live and  released as tracked. For Phosphorescent Harvest,  the band spent the better part of 2013 crafting a tried and true studio  album. For many artists this would imply intentional neutering in the  pursuit of commercial upside, but in Robinson and company’s hands, it  meant utilizing the studio to harness their full sonic vision. Indeed,  their expansive sense of space and texture has never been so fully  realized until now. Casal expands on the process: “The  approach was to get far out sonically, while retaining a certain focus  on the central melody of each song. Psychedelia, sonic density, and  expanded arrangements were the order of the day, but the songs are  strong. This band is all about musical freedom. Boundary  dissolving is our ideal. Boundary dissolving and a good ole’ Saturday  night boogie.”

Bio Continued

In an age when so many put their beliefs in trends, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood  is committed to something deeper. In Robinson’s words: “We don’t make  music that can sell iPads. Our music will not sell you a Prius. I like  that. Writing songs has always led me to good things in my life. The  songwriting saved me through the dark times, and the songwriting makes  it that much sweeter when it’s good. Real success can only come in  pursuit of an authentic sound. We’re all very committed to this music,  beyond money and egos. That’s a unique place to be.”

Albums

Phosphorescent Harvest

Band

Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB)