It’s not every day that you hear a musician say this: “Music’s not a chore. Music’s not a job. It’s my life and I love it. It’s a unique opportunity to get through this life and explore and laugh and cry and express myself.”
This particular musician is Chris Robinson. Ever since he came to prominence with the Black Crows, and since then the totally organic sounding Chris Robinson Brotherhood, that has been the mantra that Robinson has lived by.
Ups and downs yes, but he always managed to stay true to his roots in life, touring and music.
Robinson hits the road again in a few weeks with his new band called ‘As the Crow Flies.’ The tour starts in Port Chester NY on April 17th and finishes up in Portland Oregon on May 13th.
Talking to Ultimate Classic Rock, Robinson said: “The timing is what it’s really all about,” Adding: “My life has been so focused on the CRB, even though that Black Crowes question lingers all the time. But now, I have this time. It’s been five years since I’ve sang ‘Jealous Again’ or ‘She Talks to Angels.’ I have this spaceship that I’ve been flying around in called the CRB, but I don’t want to forget about the old Model T in the garage — we can take it out for a spring drive, you know?”
There are the few out there that have pointed the finger at Robinson saying, ‘it’s all about the cold hard cash,’ but the singer was quick to refute that saying: “I speak my mind about things, but at the end of the day, for most people, they can see my career and see what I am as always being driven by the music, nothing else,” and added: “The other day, my 14-year-old son told me, simply, ‘Dad, you wrote these songs.’ And you know what? Yeah, I did … except ‘Hard to Handle,’ of course. It should be about that, it should be just about that.”