If you're only familiar with Chris Robinson's work with the Black Crowes, then his gradual shift toward the cosmic American music tradition of the Grateful Dead and the Band might surprise you.
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In the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Robinson has moved away from the Crowes' angsty blues rock into a keyboard-heavy, West Coast-y, feel-good vibe that almost forces your body to slow down. It's a mellow trip, y'all. Dare we say we even hear some Little Feat in there? Seriously, go listen to 1974's "Rock & Roll Doctor" and compare it to "Ain't It Hard but Fair," recorded in Brooklyn last year (we'll wait).