The Black Crowes' Rich Robinson revealed that he and brother Chris needed to completely clean house and level the playing field in their musical and business interactions before finally reuniting. The brothers are currently in the midst of a brief two-man acoustic run, dubbed the “Birds Of A Feather” tour as they warm up for their upcoming 30th anniversary trek celebrating the Crowes' debut album, Shake Your Money Maker.
Younger brother Rich Robinson spoke to USA Today about reuniting with his brother for the first time since 2015, and looking back on the band's 1990 debut set, admitting, “I hadn't played guitar a long time before we started writing Shake Your Money Maker. I mean, I didn't start playing until I was 15. The cool thing is that Chris and I wrote all of those songs in my mom and dad's living room. I mean, I was 17 when I wrote the music (to) 'She Talks To Angels' and 19 when we recorded Shake Your Money Maker. In between those two years, Chris and I wrote all of the songs, recorded them on a little boombox that he had, that we sent out to (producer) George (Drakoulias).
What I like about it is you can tell we were honing our craft. We were focused on the songs, and to me, that's the gift. And I really like how direct it is. We were trying to merge (AC/DC's) Powerage and (the Rolling Stones') Exile On Main St., somehow. Two very rock n' roll albums with a very different approach for each.”