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- From the sage smoke & mists of Marin come your local purveyors of cosmic Cali country music playing the dusty country classics of your dreams.
Band Members: Chris Robinson (CRB, Black Crowes)
Barry Sless (CRB, Phil & Friends, Moonalice)
Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna)
John Molo (Bruce Hornsby and The Range, Moonalice)
Greg Loiacono (The Mother Hips)
Chris Robinson and the Black Crowes cultivated a dedicated audience that ensured they would go down as one of the most respected roots rockers of the ’90s. By going back to a classic sound in the mold of Humble Pie and the Faces, the Black Crowes were one of the few truly popular bands to continue making rock music that wasn’t rooted in a particular decade during the era of hair metal and grunge. Furthermore, Robinson’s celebrity status afforded him a platform to support political causes and fiercely champion bands like the Jayhawks before the mainstream took notice of their efforts.
In 2011, Robinson formed a new project called the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. The CRB released three volumes of Betty’s Blends — their umbrella term for live albums — in 2017, capturing shows from 2015. Two months after this live set, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood returned with Barefoot in the Head, their second studio album in a year.
In a career spanning more than four decades Pete Sears has been a member of many bands and has moved through a variety of musical genres, from early R&B, psychedelic improvisational rock of the 1960s, folk, country music, arena rock in the 1970s, and blues. Sears played on the classic Rod Stewart albums Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells A Story, Never a Dull Moment, and Smiler. He also played on the hit singles Maggie May, and Reason To Believe. During this period, Sears toured the US with Long John Baldry blues band, and played with John Cipollina in Copperhead.
Sears was with Jefferson Starship from 1974 to 1987. He went on to play in the Jorma Kaukonen Trio along with Jack Casady and Harvey Sorgen in Hot Tuna. Sears has also played with Dr. John, John Lee Hooker, Leigh Stephens and Micky Waller in Silver Metre; Long John Baldry, Jerry Garcia, Steve Kimock, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Leftover Salmon, and Los Lobos.
Sears has also written and recorded the original score for many documentary films, including the award-winning “The Fight in the Fields.”
From Baltimore, Maryland, Barry Sless is skilled at both traditional six-string guitar and the pedal steel guitar. Sless has performed with Chris Robinson, Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Great American Taxi and many more.
Drummer John Molo has played with a variety of bands including Bruce Hornsby and the Range, The Other Ones, Phil Lesh and Friends, Delaney Bramlett, John Fogerty, Keller Williams, Mike Watt, Paul Kelly, David Nelson, Jemimah Puddleduck, and Modereko. Molo was a member of Bruce Hornsby and the Range when the band won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1986.
Guitarist and Mother Hips co-founder Greg Loiacono joins in on guitar and vocals. Loiacono’s first full-length solo album, Songs From a Golden Dream was released in 2017 featuring expert song-craft and a bit of the psychedelic.