Chris Robinson Brotherhood seems to be gaining momentum at every stop on their current tour, and this past weekend’s two-night run at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre was no exception.
Saturday night was the second of a four city run of shows in North Carolina for CRB, Raleigh being preceded by Charlotte and wrapping up with Asheville on November 9. CRB will release If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now on November 4, a follow-up EP to the full length album Anyway You Love, You Know How We Feel, which was released in July. A crowd from all over the Southeast gathered early at the doors of the Lincoln Theatre. There was a lot of talk about the previous 3 night’s shows in Charlotte, Louisville, Kentucky, and Bloomington, Illinois.
The Brotherhood opened Saturday night’s first set with “New Cannonball Rag” off the upcoming EP. This song has been a regular in the CRB sets in the past couple of months and a song that clearly has a the core CRB sound and groove. The packed house at the Lincoln Theatre grooved right along with Neal Casal’s slide guitar and the organ of Adam MacDougall; the excitement for the night was being let loose. There is always the anticipation for a Black Crowes tune, and CRB closed the first set with the classic “Hard to Handle”. Black Crowes songs certainly get a reaction from the fans, but these songs are becoming less farther and fewer between. Other first set songs included, “California Hymn”, “Tomorrow Blues”, “Wheel Don’t Roll”, “Train Robbers” (Chris Robinson & The New Earth Mud cover), “I want to (Do Everything For You – Joe Tex cover) and “Meanwhile in the Gods”.
The second set on Saturday opened with “Leave My Guitar Alone”. another single off the new album. This is another instant classic by CRB, bringing the well recognized vocals of Robinson and bluesy guitar of Casal. The second set also included a Bob Dylan cover of “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”, which always raises the energy of the crowd. The second set included many new songs from CRB’s newest album, with “Forever as the Moon”, Ain’t it Hard But Fair”, “Narcissus Soaking Wet”, and “Shadow Cosmos” from the upcoming album. CRB closed the second set with the “Rosalee->Magic Carpet Ride->Rosalee” favorite. This was clearly the epicenter of the night for the CRB freaks. Casal broke out sounds of “Circles Around the Sun” that matched with the psychedelic sounds of the keyboards from Adam MacDougall; teases of “Shakedown” where there as well but never a break out. It was and outrageous jam.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood continues their hard charging fall 2016 tour through mid-December, their next date in our region being at the Orange Peel in Asheville on November 9.
Article and photos by Neil Peek
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