Wednesday, July 8, 2009

7/13: Black Crowes at HOB

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Blessed are the rockers ahead of the curve — just not too far ahead. Back in the heyday of Hair Nation, raucous Southern rockers the Black Crowes flew against the prevailing winds with the second coming of the Dixie sound. “Twice as Hard,” the leadoff track from their 1990 debut set, Shake Your Money Maker, demanded that you reach for the volume knob and turn it sharply to the right. The collective nerve they hit netted the Crowes a multi-platinum sendoff on a career that’s garnered a lot more music-biz metal and is headed towards its third decade. Not mere resuscitators of back-home boogie, the Crowes’ knack for a bash-up sound made for major blowback in the direction of the Stones and the Faces, with emphasis on the latter. The transatlantic touch is most evident in the vocals of Chris Robinson, which evoke Faces-era Rod Stewart as much as any homegrown source. That Robinson and guitarist/brother Rich have made for a masterful team of roots-bound songsmiths hasn’t hurt the Crowes’ shelf life either. The most recent addition to their discography, 2008’s Warpaint, heralds the well-chosen addition of North Mississippi Allstar axeman Luther Dickinson into the fold. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583). Tickets: $42.50-$69.50. — Duane Verh


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