The Black Crowes

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Thirty years ago, The Black Crowes, led by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, released their debut album Shake Your Money Maker. The album was, as Rolling Stone described, “a guitar-party cracker that marries Southern R&B crunch and Anglo cock-strutting attitude.” At a time when journalists were mourning the death of rock as cheesy pop and hair metal dominated the charts, The Black Crowes emerged from Atlanta to resuscitate it. The authentically gritty blues-rock album, went double platinum in its first year. Needless to say, in a pre-social media world, the quick rise to stardom coupled with a zero fucks attitude led to complete chaos. The Melody Maker crowned them “The most Rock n’ Roll Rock n’ Roll Band in the world” and The Black Crowes didn’t disappoint. 
 Their storied history has the common denominators of any famous band: bad label deals, addiction, band break ups and make ups, epic sold out tours all while prolifically releasing eight studio albums, four live albums and selling over 35 million records. The two things that make and break the band has always been the dueling rockstar brothers. The band called it quits forever in 2013 with each brother vowing to never play or speak again. 
 February 13, 2020 marks the official 30th anniversary of quintuple platinum album Shake Your Money Maker. On November 11, 2019 legend Howard Stern shocked fans by announcing the reunion of Chris and Rich Robinson, who will tour as The Black Crowes once again.