Rich Robinson is an American musician and founding member of the rock and roll band The Black Crowes. Along with older brother Chris Robinson, Rich formed the band in 1984 (originally called Mr. Crowes Garden) while the two were in high school. At age 15, Rich wrote the music to what would become one of the band’s first singles; “She Talks to Angels.” From that beginning, the Black Crowes have sold millions of albums and played to millions of fans around the world.
Rich released “Paper” in 2004 on his label Keyhole Records. His self-produced collection of songs invokes country, blues, jazz, middle-eastern influence, and his trademark gritty rock and roll riffs. He recently released his second solo album “Through A Crooked Sun.”
Robinson recently spoke to HTN about his time pursuing his own musical vision, and how he managed to make it through personal challenges with graciousness and his sense of self-intact. These themes are examined on Through a Crooked Sun, which was released on October 11, 2011. Robinson produced the album, which includes guest appearances from Warren Haynes and Larry Campbell.
“The most exciting thing for me in doing my own album is that a lot of the things that I want to express lyrically, which are very personal, may not have space to be expressed in the band format,” says Rich. This album chronicles his path to peace and centeredness in the aftermath of personal turmoil. He uses the sun as a metaphor to examine his life because his tough experiences both nourished him and blinded him at the same time.