Song Premiere: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, “Train Robbers”

Written by November 20th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

(Photo: Allissa Anderson)

“I think I’ll rob a train and move to South America, wander out in the rain, come out smiling and dry,” Black Crowes’ frontman Chris Robinson sings over a slow and sultry groove. “Legend, fortune and fame, I will be the stuff of headlines, another household name to be discarded with time.”

The lyrics are from “Train Robbers,” one of nineteen tracks on Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s quadruple live album Betty’s S.F. Blends, Volume One, a vinyl-only, “farm to table psychedelic hayride” out on Black Friday (11/29.) The set was curated by Grateful Dead producer and engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson, who handpicked the tracks from the band’s five-night stand at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall last December. The band borrowed Jerry Garcia’s guitar, Wolf, for the occasion.

“‘Train Robbers’ is a song based on the old mythology of musician as outlaw, all the romance of said lifestyle in between,” Robinson tells us. Hop on board.

  • WhyNotPB

    what an amazing amazing track from this magnificent distance …

  • Willem Bos

    Sitting in the train to Stockholm listening to this magnificent song of Chris Robinson. Looking very much forward listening to the rest of the album.

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  • diedre

    Chris, you ARE the rockin-est soulman of all time. LOVE your music!

  • Carrie Pokocky

    What a voice! and the Guitar playing…..well….LOVE it!

  • Brian Webster

    Saw the CRB perform this live in Chicago back in September 2012. I was hoping they’d play it and became entranced when they did. Great fuckin’ song.

  • Karen Marsden-Paul excited cant wait !!! :)

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  • Cheryl Steve

    Saw this song live in Charlotte, NC on a 3 night tour – Raleigh, then Charlottesville, VA. last year. After a great Black Crowes run ’13, looking fwd
    to CRB in ’14.

  • Chip Hale

    “This Magnificent Distance” is such an underrated album. Audley Freed rips on the album and the songs are solid. Chris Robinson showed that he can make great music on his own; The Brotherhood seem to mellow it out a bit, but be sure to check out Robinson’s first two albums.

  • Shane Gordon

    I always wanted this song on vinyl now they’ve real eased it I only have his solo CDs , the only format they come in but when I saw them play this song live I was in a trance

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