Chris Robinson Brotherhood performs this weekend in Utah.
With The Black Crowes on an extended hiatus, the lead singer of that rootsy band, Chris Robinson, has embarked on a journey that takes him into territory shared by one of his inspirations, The Grateful Dead. His new band features Black Crowe Adam MacDougall and Neal Casal (of Ryan Adams collaborators The Cardinals), but don't expect to hear anything from the Crowes, Robinson said in a phone interview. "This is a completely different entity," he said. By not playing Crowes songs, Robinson said the tour is "not a cash grab. We don't have to answer to anyone." The band spent most of 2011 playing shows and avoiding interviews, photo shoots and the recording studio. "It's our sworn duty as weirdos to do the opposite [of other bands]," he said. He thinks this jam band can be successful because of what he learned about the pitfalls of side projects after the dissolution of a previous side project, New Earth Mud.
When • Sunday at 8 p.m.Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake CityTickets • $20 in advance, $25 day of, at SmithsTix