Exposed to a wide variety of music from an early age by their musician father, brothers Chris Robinson (Christopher Mark Robinson, 20 December 1966, Marietta, Georgia, USA; vocals) and Rich Robinson (b. Richard S. Robinson, 24 May 1969, Marietta, Georgia, USA; guitar) formed the band under the name Mr. Crowes Garden in 1984. A procession of six bass players and three drummers passed through before the band stabilized with Johnny Colt (b. 1 May 1966, Cherry Point, USA; bass) and Steve Gorman (b. 17 August 1965, Muskegon, Michigan, USA; drums, ex-Mary My Hope). His predecessor, Jeff Sullivan, went on to join Drivin N Cryin. Jeff Cease (b. 24 June 1967, Nashville, Tennessee, USA) joined the band as a second guitarist in 1988 from the Nashville band Rumble Circus, to augment and toughen both the songs and the live sound.
As the Black Crowes, the band was signed to the Def American label by George Drakoulias. Given the...
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