The Black Crowes have announced dates for the first leg of their "Stuck Inside Utopia." The "Utopia" tour will kick off in Virgina, just a few days before the band releases two albums simultaneously on September 1.
The Crowes will feature songs from those new albums as well as reaching deep into their back catalog.
"The Black Crowes fearlessly continue to search for the self made utopian ideals that makes rock and roll music the last true real American adventure," said Chris Robinson, Black Crowes front man.
In addition to Chris Robinson on vocals, the lineup for the "Utopia" tour includes Chris' brother, Rich, drummer Steve Gorman, Sven Pipien on bass, Adam MacDougall on keyboards, and North Mississippi All Star Luther Dickinson on guitar. Dickinson teamed with the band for their Warpaint album and tour. The Black Crowes have sold more than 20 million records worldwide.
What does it say that I'd rather pay more and drive two hours to see Black Crowes in Nashville than see them at Big Spring Park, 10 minutes from my apartment here in Huntsville? It says I don't like festivals. I don't handle the throngs of people that well. Too many drunks in a confined area never yields good times no matter how great the band ostensibly at the center of it all is.
It says I prefer air conditioned buildings to the sweltering heat of the outdoors. It says I don't like standing in the rain, either. It also says I know that Ryman Auditorium — formerly the home of the Grand Ole Opery — is one of the truly great, historic buildings on the concert circuit these days.
I've lived in Huntsville for the better part of 18 years and I've never attended Big Spring Jam. Part of that is because the festival rarely attracts really good acts. Part of that is because this just isn't my scene. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it. I know several people who go every year and have a good time each time. It's the equation of me and the festival that's the problem.