New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood What's In My Bag?

Chris Robinson and Neal Casal took time to go shopping during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood to perform songs from the new Chris Robinson Brotherhood album Barefoot in the Head. It was immediately clear that the bandmates and avid record collectors share a deep love of blues and folk music. In this What's In My Bag? episode, the pair talked with us about unsung heroes of music, sitting in with blues legend Albert Collins, and aging in the music business.

American roots rock band Chris Robinson Brotherhood was founded by Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson while his earlier project was on hiatus in 2011. Current members include guitarist Neal Casal, bassist Jeff Hill, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and drummer Tony Leone. Initially launched as a casual project, the Brotherhood's original lineup coalesced as the band toured California. They then embarked on 118 date North American tour. The band released their debut full-length, Big Moon Ritual, the following year.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Barefoot in the HeadJust three months later, the band released their sophomore LP, The Magic Door. Betty's S.F. Blends, Volume One, a collection of CRB live tracks selected by the Grateful Dead's record producer, Betty Cantor-Jackson, was released as a vinyl-only LP in 2013. Phosphorescent Harvest, co-written by Chris Robinson and Neal Casal, arrived in 2014. The band's fourth studio LP, Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel was followed by the release of the EP, If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now. The acclaimed Barefoot in the Head was released shortly afterward, in July 2017.

"Did you take the price tag out of the expensive ones, so no one can see how bougie we are?" Robinson joked to Casal before showing us the collector's LP copy of Roebuck Man by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup who originally wrote and recorded "That's All Right." "You don't get Elvis Presley without that song," he said of the tune that would eventually become Presley's first hit record. Robinson also sang the praises of blues guitarist and singer Albert Collins and recounted witnessing "the master of the Telecaster" play a gold top Les Paul guitar backstage before a Black Crowes show.

Casal picked up his favorite Townes Van Zandt album, The Nashville Sessions, saying it "sounds like the tapes came out of a garbage can, or something, which makes me love it even more." He also finds Joint Control, a recent collaboration between folk guitarists John Renbourn and Wizz Jones. It was the final recording for Renbourn, who Casal says was "a true genius of the acoustic guitar." Reflecting on the history of folk musicians like Renbourn and Jones, Casal notes "the more time goes by, the more important people like this get."

Watch the full episode below.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - What's In My Bag?
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