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  posted on 2/19/2013 at 03:28 PM
I was just listening to a Rich Robinson interview on Planet Rock, and he talked about touring, recording, influences, etc. He also picked a few of his favorite songs. Here's what he picked:

Nick Drake - Fly
Bob Dylan - It's All Right Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
The Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice
Furry Lewis - Falling Down Blues
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 + 20
Neil Young - Don't Let It Bring You Down
Sly & The Family Stone - I Want To Take You Higher

I'd never heard Furry Lewis before. It's cool to hear some obscure tracks for a change. Better than what Mainstream radio always plays.

 
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  posted on 2/19/2013 at 07:16 PM
Here's that Furry song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRhg4TXA2Ak

 

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  posted on 2/20/2013 at 07:49 AM
Did Rich talk about anymore solo work? Anything about Jackie Greene, new Crowes material?

I was hoping to hear/see more of Rich on his own. I had the chance to see him at a small club here in Indy last year , but I could not make it.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2013 at 09:56 AM
Rich Robinson

Fearless (pink floyd)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LGQ-6_0xYI

Station Man (Fleetwood Mac)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgbX5GddW-E


The Indy show was incredible and I was really blown away. Rich is incredible. We are still kicking around the Black Crowes on 4/20 or maybe the Chicago date. I love that they added Jackie Greene to the band, I am sure that will be a perfect fit.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2013 at 10:44 AM
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I'd never heard Furry Lewis before. It's cool to hear some obscure tracks for a change. Better than what Mainstream radio always plays.


Here's Lewis in person, with Bukka White in the room playing, When I Lay My Burden Down
This is the real deal.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCqbKdnHZTs&list=AL94UKMTqg-9DZ0oRV_RtY6 lGlL0cGQYu6

Amazing that back in that time, early to mid 70's all those blues guys use to come up to Memphis and the outskirts, and literally play in front of handfuls of people in clubs, every weekend.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2013 at 10:48 AM
Here's a story on the legendary Rolling Stones, July 4th, 1975 show in Memphis.
Give some credit to Keith Richards, he told the manager that unless Furry Lewis opened the show, the Stones weren't going on. It was a wild day in Memphis thats for sure.
The Stones with Charlie Daniels Band, J. Geils Band, The Meters, and Furrey Lewis.

The Rolling Stones played the Liberty Bowl, then known as Memphis Memorial Stadium on July 4, 1975. It was a wild time that remains infamous in Memphis concert lore, a brutally hot show day that found many concertgoers stripped to the buff, a time when marijuana consumption was so conspicuous that hemp plants could be seen growing out of the stadium turf a few weeks after the concert.

Today, many of those fans are respectable, fully dressed adults who'll be bringing their children to Tuesday's concert. But it was a different world in 1975 and, not surprisingly, Kelley had a rough time securing the date, as some in the city felt a rock and roll show on Independence Day was a form of treason. But while others had plans for patriotic fireworks displays to begin the Bicentennial year, Kelley had secured his bid in first.

Still, the holiday did trip him up a bit, as a few days before the show, the Stones decided they wanted to do something special for the occasion. "So we got this elephant call," Kelley said. "They said that on the day we took the colonies back from them they wanted to ride onstage on elephants."

The Stones' production team had scoured the country, securing elephants from a Ringling Brothers troupe in Minnesota. "That afternoon or the next morning, eight elephants come sauntering into the stadium grounds," Kelley said, still sounding a bit exasperated. "So not only do we have elephants for them to ride onstage, but we have elephants to take care of. Three days before the show, these elephants are hanging around dumping on everything."

But the biggest problem was figuring out how to get them onstage. Every time they tried to get the lead elephant onstage, the wooden ramps were turned into piles of kindling. They reinforced the ramps again and again. "We had that ramp at least 2-, 2 1/2-feet thick and every elephant would go right through." The solution, so they thought, was to use a swing like those used to maneuver large boats into the water and simply hoist the elephants onstage. The stage was rebuilt on show day, using more than 20 carpenters (all working at inflated holiday rates, Kelley recalled), and the first elephant was placed in the boat swing. "This elephant got about six inches off the ground and he starts freaking because he doesn't like being a boat," Kelley said. The pachyderm was tranquilized and slowly raised up to the stage, which had earlier withstood rigorous weight tests with heavy machinery. "We took this elephant, swung him around, put him on the stage," Kelley said, pausing for effect before pounding his fist on his desk. "Right through the . . . stage. That was it. That's when I said, 'Enough, it's not gonna work.' "

But the Stones' American manager, Peter Rudge, refused to tell Mick Jagger. That was Kelley's job, he insisted. Jagger arrived the day of the show by private plane and when he got to the stadium, Kelley, who was being held in place by a terrified Rudge, approached the head Stone. "I said, 'Mick, the elephant thing didn't work out. Nothing we can do will hold them.' And he just said, 'Oh (expletive) it, then. Where's me makeup man?' That classic line, and he just walked right into the dressing room. We spent $45,000 trying to make a stage that would be able to hold elephants."

Furry Lewis did make it to the stage, but just barely. Lewis booster Knox Phillips had landed the octogenarian Memphis bluesman the gig of playing for the Stones when they arrived at Memphis Aero a couple days earlier. "Furry set up on whisky cases on the runway playing, just as they got off and everybody else walked by except Keith (Richards) and (Ron) Wood," said Memphis musician-producer Jim Dickinson, a longtime friend of the Stones who played piano on the "Sticky Fingers" sessions that produced Wild Horses. ''And Keith literally sat at Furry's feet." The band decided they wanted Lewis to open for them, but Kelley, thinking that the J. Geils Band, the Meters and the Charlie Daniels Band were enough, figured they'd forget about Lewis, according to Phillips. But as Knox enjoyed a Fourth of July at his father Sam's house, "I get an emergency call and Bob says, 'Knox, the Rolling Stones will not go on unless you bring Furry out here.' " Phillips called Lewis and told him he'd be picked up at his house and Kelley dispatched a limousine and two motorcycle officers to bring Lewis and his girlfriend Fredonia to the show. "I was there when he got there," Phillips said. Everybody was very kind to Furry, very respectful. But it was really surreal. Here he was, playing guitar, this old man standing there with Mick Jagger in major-league makeup."

Phillips said Lewis, who died in 1981 at 88, was paid $1,000 for playing onstage in front of the 51,000 Rolling Stones fans, the biggest crowd of the bluesman's lengthy career. But when he was done, Lewis was ready to leave. ''Fredonia said, 'Don't you want to see the Rolling Stones? They're the biggest rock and roll band in the world.' And he said, 'I don't care nothing about it.' " But after Lewis left the stage, the crowd still had to wait for the band. ''The Stones waited until sundown to come on," recalled Walter Dawson, former music critic for The Commercial Appeal and now managing editor of the Monterey County Herald. "There was a long gap before the Stones. People were hot and things were getting a little tense. There was no trouble, but things were getting a little tense." Kelley says Jagger delayed the show because he'd taken a private plane to visit a girlfriend in Virginia. "He delayed the show about two hours," Kelley said. "And the crowd was not getting unruly, but it was an extremely hot day and they were getting very, very tired. There was a huge amount of tension. And they came on about two, two-and-a-half hours late, and Jagger just pranced onstage with a parasol, like absolutely nothing was wrong and just said some snide remark to Memphis and then the band proceeded . . . and it was like nothing ever happened. The show was unbelievable."

[Edited on 2/20/2013 by Efus]

 

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  posted on 2/26/2013 at 09:09 AM
Rich seems to always dig up some cool obscure covers.

Winter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGeZ-Aky6yo


I like this tune off of his latest.

I Don't Hear the Sound of You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3yQpITyrK4


 

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