By Joseph Knoop
Rich Robinson, founder, songwriter, and guitarist for multi-platinum rock band The Black Crowes will hold a solo acoustic performance at the Warehouse in Carmel July 31.
Robinson, who formed the band with his brother while attending high school in Georgia, has seen an extensive career touring worldwide with his various acts, releasing three solo albums and a suite of EPs and singles. Through it all, Robinson credits the character of his brand of rock for keeping things interesting.
“The Crowes are the Crowes, and everyone in that band had their own personality musically,” Robinson said. “People that grew up and listen to music, we filter that music through our life experiences, what we hear, and then it comes out. The more character your music has, the more unique it is.”
Robinson’s latest album, “The Woodstock Sessions Vol. 3,” was released in late 2014. A collection of songs recorded in front of a live audience at Applehead Studio, Robinson channeled a philosophy of solid musicianship that’s led to his multiple successes, by beginning with the bare bones of a song.
“I write that way,” Robinson said. “Most of the songs I write are written acoustically. To me, the belief I’ve always had is that if a song works in its most basic form, then it’s a good song.”
Like any authentic rocker, not thinking about the next step can be as key as planning out each one, Robinson said.
“It needs to be something that moves me and something that will come naturally,” Robinson said. “The art or the music always dictates what the record will be. Whatever comes out comes out. That’s how I always am.”
Tickets for Rich Robinson’s performance are $30 in advance and $35 the day of. For more information, visit liveforthemusic.com.