As front man for the Black Crowes, Chris Robinson hit the big time in 1990 with the release of the Atlanta-based band’s album debut, “Shake Your Money Maker.”
Featuring brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, the Crowes successfully revived a free-flowing, raunchy kind of rock that has its roots in blues, classic soul and early rock ’n’ roll.
More but less commercially successful Black Crowes albums followed. So did the occasional hiatus and reunion. But after the Crowes’ 2013 tour and album, “Wiser for the Time,” Chris Robinson sees no more Black Crowes on his horizon. He’s enthusiastically pursuing his latest project, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. The group plays Tipitina’s Tuesday night.
“Too many things would have to change,” Robinson said of any future work with the Crowes. “I promised everyone I’d do last year. I’ve lived up to that. And the only reason I considered doing the Black Crowes last year was because people love those songs.”
Robinson appreciates his fans’ appreciation. He’s a music lover himself.
“I’m going to concerts whenever I can,” he said. “I’m buying records. I’m crazy about live music, crazy about that feeling.”
That said, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is where the singer wants to be now.
“Time is short and music is important,” he said. “My passion and my interest in music has not waned. If anything, it’s even more annoying for people, like my wife, my family, the guys in the band.
“But everyone in this band is equally obsessed. I mean, dude, we had a day off here in Ann Arbor yesterday. We drove to the hotel, everyone woke up, had a cup of tea and then we sat on the bus for three hours, listening to records, before we went into the hotel.”
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood — which also features singer-guitarist and songwriter Neal Casal, keyboardist-singer Adam MacDougall (from the Black Crowes), drummer George Sluppick and bassist Mark Dutton — keeps a turntable on the band’s bus.
“In the front lounge,” Robinson said. “We’re all vinyl junkies.”
CRB also records and performs rock ’n’ roll classics, including Hank Ballard’s “Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go” and New Orleans artist Bobby Mitchell’s “Try Rock and Roll.”
“We love the timelessness of ’50s rock ’n’ roll,” Robinson said. “Fats Domino. We just played some Fats, Chuck Berry, Ricky Nelson, Elvis (Presley). We’re not a cover band, but if it’s a song that we feel we can put the cosmic dusk on, we’ll take it out for a spin.”
Formed in 2011, the Brotherhood didn’t record anything or even promote itself during its first year.
“We focused on the music,” Robinson said. “We have this beautiful garden, if you will, to tend to. The more creative energy we put into it, the more, in a way, there is a purity about where we are. We haven’t made anyone any money. We’re building, and we’re working.”
CRB has performed some 250 shows. It’s quickly growing discography includes two albums released in 2012, “Big Moon Ritual” and “The Magic Door,” 2013’s quadruple-vinyl release “Betty’s S.F. Blends, Vol. 1,” and this year’s “Phosphorescent Harvest.”
The latest CRB album crosses genres and musical eras. Opening song “Shore Power” features ’50s-style rock ’n’ roll guitar and piano, piercing blasts of new-wave keyboards and a brief shift into down-tempo psychedelia. “About a Stranger” mixes laid-back Southern soul and spacey sonic exploration. “Meanwhile In The Gods ...” revives that unmistakably casual Grateful Dead vibe.
“I found my way, good or bad, through life by writing songs and singing,” Robinson said. “I got into music because it was the only subgroup of people that would have me in Atlanta in the ’80s. The weirdos, musicians, poets, painters, transvestites. Everyone was thrown into East Atlanta. Like, if you weren’t good old boys, frat people or a corporate person, where did you go? Bohemia, the last bastion for weirdos.
“Money never made me happy, ever, and it never will. I’m searching for deeper meaning in things. And here we have the CRB. It’s nurturing, it’s fulfilling, it’s organic.”
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16
WHERE: Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Avenue
TICKETS: $17 advance, $20 day of show