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Black Crowes frontman's Brotherhood stretches its wings

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A year away from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood -- even if it was a busy one spent with the Black Crowes -- has made things "strong and different" for "Phosphorescent Harvest," the third studio album from the singer's other band.

"Everybody's very proud of this record," says Robinson, 47, who started the group, which also includes Crowes keyboardist Adam MacDougall, in 2011. "We all see (the band) as something that's alive and organic; that's part of the psychedelic heart of the whole philosophy of the thing. The musical and personal camaraderie is very special."

Robinson, who co-wrote nine of the 11 tracks with guitarist Neal Casal and the other two by himself, says the CRB's process on "Phosphorescent Harvest" was "a lot more focused" than on the group's two previous studio efforts.

" The first set of records we recorded live off the floor; we just went in and set up our road gear and played the (concert) set," Robinson explains. "It was a handmade house. This time we wanted to explore, and we made the record unlike any I've ever made. We tracked all we could for 10 days to two weeks in January of (2013), then the Crowes started and everyone was busy.

"So when anyone would be home, whoever was around and wanted to work, we'd go over to (producer Thom Monahan's studio) and put stuff down and go paint on it whatever they wanted. A great friend of mine said, 'Who's telling everyone what to do?' I said, 'It doesn't work that way, man.' At the end of the year we got together, did some more sessions and some editing and we were there."

Robinson plans to keep the CRB busy and on the road into 2015-- which will also be the 25th anniversary of the Black Crowes' first album. No firm plans have been made to commemorate that, however, and Robinson says that, "Right now my focus is on the CRB and where we can go with this thing."

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood performs at 8 p.m. Friday, June 13, at SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Blvd., Detroit. Tickets are $21-$28. Call 313-237-7711 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.

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