Last year, Rich Robinson made it official: The Black Crowes, which he and his brother Chris had founded some 25 years earlier, were calling it quits.
What was left unsaid was that he had already invested considerable time laying the groundwork for his own career. In fact, he'd been issuing his own projects for more than a decade. Collectively and individually, they tell a story that is quite different from that of the Crowes. Free and on his own, Robinson would create without restraint, explore without fear, discover and nurture considerable talents as a songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist.
Which takes us to the next milestone — Robinson's signing in November to Eagle Rock Entertainment. With his next release just around the corner, the label will set the stage by working with Robinson to present, expanded editions of his solo catalog, Far beyond simple reissues, Robinson has reimagined these releases—remixing, resequencing, penning essays and adding previously unreleased music for each album. For hardcore fans and vinyl aficionados, this is reason to celebrate. For Robinson himself, it's much more than that.
"It's a great fit to be with Eagle Rock," he affirms, speaking amidst unpacked boxes at his brand new home. "It gives me the opportunity to represent my solo catalog like I have never been able to do before. Eagle Rock and I have worked together previously. They'd released some Crowes stuff over the years — live videos and DVDs. They always did well. Everyone at the label seemed really into what we were doing. So it was a no-brainer when this opportunity came up."