In 2011, after more than 20 years of intense gigging and recording, Chris Robinson set off to shape something new, a fresh rock mythology, a breathing kaleidoscopic thing stuffed with chooglin’ soul, bedrock boogie and shuffling wisdom birthed in intimate clubs and amongst the tall trees of the Golden State and eventually taken nationwide as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood evolved. What began as an experiment without expectations turned into a 118-show journey for Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) that surprised these seasoned pros as music of unshakeable solidity and exuberant reach poured out of them, a New Cosmic California sound with tendrils reaching to the original Fillmore West, Topanga Canyon and outwards towards far horizons that finds its fruition on the CRB’s studio debut Big Moon Ritual (arriving in June), to be followed by companion album The Magic Door (September).
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is also a torchbearer for rock’s 1950′s roots, tapping the catalogs of greats like the Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley for their ever-changing cover tune selections-and this band does have a way of truly inhabiting the work of others.
"Remember, when they shot that satellite into space a few years ago, Chuck Berry’s music was on there," says Robinson. "My thing is bringing in the lost language of rock n’ roll. I find myself listening to tons of fifties rock music and the songs are just so great! Still, we maintain our zero gravity sound even in these tunes, and when we get into it really good, we consider it a classic California space boogie."
"We really feel these records set the stage for another full year, where we’ll see how far we can go with it," says Robinson. "We already feel successful because we have the freedom to do what we want. And it’s always cosmic. The times demand it."