That time Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes told me he wasn’t here to make Bruce Fairbairn or Bob Rock famous

By Steve Newton

There’s been a lot of buzz in the music world lately about the Black Crowes–in particular formerly feuding brothers Chris and Rich Robinson–getting back together for a 30th anniversary tour.

So I figured I’d celebrate the good news by digging up the old Swing C-90 cassette I used to record my interview with 23-year-old Chris back in 1990, when the band was touring behind its fine debut album, Shake Your Money Maker. (I’m really happy I hung onto that tape, because it also includes the interview I did with Stevie Ray Vaughan in July of 1990, six weeks before that goddamned helicopter crash.)

Anyway, at one point in the chat with Chris Robinson we were talking about how well the album was selling, and its singles, and its then-unknown producer, George Drakoulious, who would go on to twiddle the knobs for such acts as the Jayhawks, Screaming Trees, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I asked him if they’d considered hiring a big-name producer at all.

Have a listen:

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