Former BLACK CROWES Singer CHRIS ROBINSON To Release New Album

April 2, 2004

Former BLACK CROWES frontman Chris Robinson and his band THE NEW EARTH MUD will release their debut album, "This Magnificent Distance", on June 29 through Vector Recordings.

For "This Magnificent Distance", Robinson penned five songs and co-wrote six with Paul Stacey and one with Audley Freed, formerly of THE BLACK CROWES. The tracks were produced and mixed by Robinson with Paul, except for "Mother of Stone" and "Like A Tumbleweeed in Eden", both produced and mixed by Ethan Johns with Robinson. The album's core of players — Robinson (guitar, harmonica),George Laks (keyboards),George Reiff (bass),Jeremy Stacey (drums, percussion) and Paul Stacey (guitar) — are joined on various tracks by Ethan Johns (drums),Richard Causon (keyboards) and Audley Freed (guitars). "Most of this album was done with a group of musicians I had been on the road with, so we'd just set up in the studio and start cutting tracks live, and I think that always is going to create a different vibe," said Robinson. "On the last album, I would play acoustic guitar to a rhythm track, and we would build around that."

Robinson will share "This Magnificent Distance" on the road this year backed by the recently revised line-up of THE NEW EARTH MUD: Audley Freed (guitar),George Reiff (bass),Steve Distanislao (drums) and Rob Barraco (keyboards). They're set for a June 11 performance in Tennessee at Bonnaroo, (the largest festival in America),and a string of July dates with THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, with whom Robinson made a special guest appearance (vocals and harmonica on "Key To The Highway") March 18 at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. These dates follow Robinson's shows last year with Elvis Costello (on which Robinson performed acoustically) and GOV'T MULE (electrified THE NEW EARTH MUD).

Here are the Chris Robinson and THE NEW EARTH MUD dates:

Apr. 30 - New Orleans, LA @ TwiRoPa
May 01 - Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
May 02 - Nashville, TN @ Nashville Riverstages
May 03 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
May 04 - St. Louis, MO @ Mississippi Nights
May 07 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest
May 08 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
May 09 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
May 10 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
May 12 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
May 13 - Louisville, KY @ Jillian's
May 14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Jammin' On Jersey
Jun. 11 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Jun. 18 - Jackson, MS @ Jubilee Jam
Jun. 19 - Birmingham, AL @ Birmingham City Stages
Jul. 01 - Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
Jul. 02 - Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
Jul. 06 - Sun Valley, ID @ Sun Valley Outdoor Pavillion *
Jul. 07 - Jackson Hole, WY @ Snow King Amphitheater *
Jul. 09 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks *
Jul. 09 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre (Late Night Show)
Jul. 10 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks *
Jul. 15 - Walker, MN @ Moondance Ranch Jam
Jul. 17 - Appleton, WI @ Great Fox Cities Celebration *

* Indicates dates with THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND

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