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“Live At The Roxy” (DVD) by Brothers Of A Feather

Artist: Brothers Of A Feather”
Title: “Live At The Roxy”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 9/4/2007
Genre: Blues/Rock
Rating: 4/5

Calling themselves “Brothers Of A Feather” for the tour, Chris and Rich Robinson from The Black Crowes stripped down to their acoustic basics and delivered a concert that would come off as one of the best in their careers. The DVD “Live At The Roxy” was filmed across the span of a three night appearance at the famous venue and found the brothers accompanied by two backup singers and a saxophone player for added warmth and body to the already rich melodies that they would deliver. The understated setting of the stage was that of a living room and the musicians sat on simple wooden chairs and played their hearts out much to the delight of the sold out crowd in attendance. The relaxing visuals and warm sounds that the brothers delivered made this one hell of a DVD to sit back and enjoy. I took this as a presentation that was not unlike that of the MTV show “Unplugged” as since all of the songs were delivered in this fashion it just made me think of it as such. The brothers cover a lot of ground with this set of shows and given that there were probably a lot more treats involved in the actual show, made me wonder why this was relegated to only a single DVD and opposed to being a double. They deliver Blues standards and solo material and of course the revered classics of their own, but while “Jealous Again” fits perfectly in this setting, we find tracks like “Hard To Handle” absent from the film. Maybe they did it at one of the shows but it isn’t here and I hardly missed it based on the overall quality of everything else that is delivered. The guitar playing of the pair is crisp and clean and Chris’ voice is the best that I have ever heard him over the years.
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“Live At The Roxy” by Brothers Of A Feather

Artist: Brothers Of A Feather
Title: “Live At The Roxy”
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 7/10/2007
Genre: Blues/Rock
Rating: 4/5

Recorded over the course of three sold out nights at The Roxy, Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes deliver one of the most intimate and inspiring Blues Rock performances of their career. Calling the event “Brothers Of A Feather”, they sat down on chairs in a setting not unlike someone’s living room and performed acoustically with the accompaniment of two backup singers and the occasional saxophone to offer up some additional warmth to the music that they would deliver. The result of these three nights is an extraordinary recording and when you play the CD you will feel as if you were present in the room with them. The downside is that the full show ran about twenty songs and this CD only presents you with fourteen of them. Of course there are incredible highlights such as the rare and unreleased tracks like “Magic Rooster Blues” and “Darling Of The Underground Press” and the lengthy show stopping closer of “Thorn In My Pride”. From beginning to end one will find that the stripped down and bare bones approach to this material truly works and that the brothers are a couple of the finest musicians in the Blues Rock arena today.
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