For Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, the End is a new beginning. The artist has signed with Brooklyn indie label The End Records for his next solo album, “The Ceaseless Sight,” which is due for release in Spring 2014. Robinson takes vocalist and songwriting duties on the set.
Robinson — who co-founded the Crowes with older brother Chris Robinson and drummer Steve Gorman during the mid-80s in Atlanta — already has two solo studio albums to his credit. The first, “Paper,” came in 2004 while his follow-up, “Through a Crooked Sun,” arrived in 2011. “There’s no baggage with this band or this sort of outlet,” Robinson told Billboard ahead of the release of “Sun”. “It’s much more free. The Crowes are great and what we do and whenever we figure it out and whatever we’re gonna do is really cool.”
Speaking of his new partnership with The End Records and ADA, Robinson had this to say: “(The End founder) Andreas Katsambas is a long time music fan and has some very forward ideas on how to get music out there, but more importantly for me, how to allow the artist to create pure music without the inevitable commercial vs art clash that comes from a more traditional approach. All of Andreas’ team shares these qualities. It’s going to be great.”
Other End artists include Anvil, Badly Drawn Boy, Fatboy Slim and Juliette Lewis.
Robinson has been on the road through the year with the Black Crowes, for the “Lay Down with Number 13” world trek. The rock group had been silent since 2010, the year “Croweology” dropped. He’ll pick up his guitar again in 2014 for a national tour in support of “The Ceaseless Sight.”