Chris Robinson Brotherhood released "Barefoot in the Head" earlier this year. The former Black Crowes frontman is continuing to plow his preferred path, a rich seam of bluesy grooves and simmering soul-rock peppered with swirling jam touches.
Fans of Little Feat, old Rod Stewart, Otis Redding, the Band, and especially mid-'70s Grateful Dead will find a lot to like here. The CRB formed in 2014 and the band has already released five full-length studio albums, an EP and a live collection. Whatever phase of Robinson's career this is, it's a productive one.
Robinson has said that the whole adventure of playing music starts with writing songs and being in a band, letting the music take him out into the world. Robinson has somewhat jokingly embraced the language of the local food movement, talking about the CRB in terms of "farm-to-table" or "small-batch." It's about making stuff. Away from the Black Crowes, Robinson has moved toward songs with a little less riffage, with structures that unspool in long-form fashion.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood performs at Infinity Hall, 2 Front St., Hartford, on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $60. 866-666-6306 and infinityhall.com.