So it took be the better of 15 years to come around to the fact that, besides their early mainstream Top 40 hits, I really, REALLY like the Black Crowes. It was our first time seeing them live at Stir Concert Cove in Council-Tuckey, IA on Friday night, but it certainly won't be the last. Their sound is this perfect mixture of southern rock, memphis blues, and a rock solid 'Stones-like groove. There were some tasty jams from start to finish on a perfect night on the river. Plenty of songs from their new album Warpaint, which is very good. And, it got Hacksaw's Seal of Approval, so you know it was a good show.
The crowd at the Cove is interesting, as at least 2/3 of the crowd brings lawn & camping chairs to sit in. To each his own, I guess. You can get away with that for some shows they get there, but whatever. We found our way up front to a relatively small crowd of fans up on the rail. Hell.....5th row for the Crowes? I'll take it. Some seasoned (okay, stoned) fans who had made the trip from out of town couldn't figure it out, either. But the place filled in nicely once the show started.
FWIW....I have all the adoration in the world for Kate Hudson, but how did Chris Robinson position himself in life to be the father of her child?? Great front man, yes, but Jesus Quincy Adams, that is a strange looking dude. He looks like a hillbilly Tom Green. Sorry....just a rude, random thought....
Since my camera has yet to be replaced from going swimming, the first image is a shitty picture from my cell phone. Hey, it's the best I can do. The Crowes play at the Val-Air Ballroom in Des Moines in December, so check them out if you get the chance.
The set list
Movin' On Down The Line ->
Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution
Lay It All On Me
Downtown Money Waster ->
Thorn In My Pride
Twice As Hard
- encore -
Don't Do It