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After a quick swing through the U.K., the Black Crowes kick off the North American leg of their Lay Down With Number 13 world tour tonight (April 2) with the first of two shows in Port Chester, N.Y.
The group's first tour in two years is expected to last late into 2013, including performances at the Beale Street Music Festival on May 5 in Memphis, the Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival on My 18 in Alabama, a European run in June and early July that includes a date with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on June 22 in the Netherlands, and a summer run back home that's still being coordinated but will definitely stop August 18 at the Allman Brothers Band's Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pa.
The band is accompanying the tour with "Wiser For the Time," a 26-song live set vinyl and digital live album featuring both acoustic and electric songs from the Crowes' five-night New York City stand during the fall of 2010.
Drummer and Crowes co-founder Steve Gorman, meanwhile, tells us that he expects all the touring will likely result in some brand new Crowes music from frontman Chris Robinson and his brother, guitarist Rich Robinson, before the trek ends:
"I'd be amazed if it didn't. There's always riffs and ideas and melodies. I'm sure if you ask Chris and Rich...there's things they both have that I know they go, 'That's better for the Black Crowes.' There's nothing to overthink; it just is what it is. They're always throwing ideas around. Any writer is just always writing, whether they mean to or not. So I'd be very surprised if we talked at the end of this tour, whenever it really ends, and I didn't say, 'Yeah, we worked up a bunch of new tunes. There's some cool stuff.' "
The Crowes tour also marks the debut of new guitarist Jackie Green following the amicable departure of North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson.
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