The Black Crowes Talk Tall Tales

In addition to a four-month tour and double-album, The Black Crowes are launching a web series called “20 Years of Tall Tales” as another parting gift before kicking off its hiatus.

In April the blues-rock band announced it was taking an indefinite but “lengthy” hiatus following its “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” tour. The band previously took a break between 2002-2005. Singer Chris Robinson said that he couldn’t say how long this hiatus would last.

“Two years, five years, 10 years – you never know when you jump into the void,” singer Chris Robinson told Rolling Stone.  “It would be nice to have a 30th anniversary. But we should walk away from this while everyone’s in a good mood.”

The web series begins Aug. 3, coinciding with the release date of Croweology, the band’s first double album of all acoustic material. The album features over 20 tunes selected from The Black Crowes’ 20-year catalogue, marking the 20th anniversary of the bands’ debut, Shake Your Money Maker.

Throughout August, the band will release one webisode of “20 Years of Tall Tales” per day on their official website.

Robinson filmed the interview for the web series earlier this month at his Los Angeles home.  The Crowes promise the series will reveal “the highs, the lows, controversies, arrests, feuds and more.”

Fans will learn whether the band really did spend $1 million recording The Tall Sessions – found on 2006’s The Lost Crowes – an album that went unreleased for more than a decade. Robinson will talk about the band’s upcoming hiatus and reveal what really happened in the Denver convenience store that led to his 1991 arrest.

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Hangout Beach Music & Arts Festival, Gulf Shores, Ala.

The following topics will also be covered: Was the band really fired from the Aerosmith tour before being reinstated? And what really went on in the studio the night the band held a bacchanalia for the Amorica album? What really drives the relationship between Chris and his brother, guitarist Rich Robinson? How did the union of The Black Crowes and Oasis on the “Tour of Brotherly Love” actually cancel out the feuds of both bands’ brothers?

The “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” tour begins Aug. 13 at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee and wraps up with a six-night stand at The Fillmore in San Francisco (Dec. 12, 14-15, 17-19).

Most shows will feature three-hour performances with a 90 minute acoustic set followed by a 90 minute electric set.
Click here for The Black Crowes’ website.