Former Black Crowes principal sets six-date outing

Following the May dissolution of his band Hookah Brown, former Black Crowes principal Rich Robinson will embark on a six-date solo tour Jan. 15 in Trenton, N.J. Robinson will be backed by former Hookah Brown drummer Bill Dobrow, bassist Tony Shanahan and keyboardist Jack Petruzelli.

The artist is expected to unveil such new tracks as "Forgiven Song," "Hold You," "On My Way" and "Know Me" at the shows, which will also mark his first as a lead vocalist. "I've always been a songwriter," he says. "But these songs show where I'm at as a musician, and as a person. They're evolving, like I am."

The Jan. 16 show at New York's Knitting Factory will feature backing by a string quartet, and will be professionally recorded and sold online. Robinson's official Web site adds that fans are encouraged to tape at all gigs.

The first three shows of the trek will be opened by Sparticle, featuring former Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon, Blind Melon guitarist Roger Stevens and multi-instrumentalist Rene Lopez.

In related news, Rich's brother/Black Crowes vocalist Chris Robinson and his wife, actress Kate Hudson, welcomed their first child yesterday (Jan. 7) in Los Angeles, a boy named Ryder.