The Black Crowes are an American, blues-oriented hard rock jam band that have sold over 20 million albums. They were hailed by Melody Maker as “The Most Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World”. In 1990, the readers of Rolling Stone named it the ‘Best New American Band’. The band has toured with acts such as Aerosmith, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, AC/DC, The Grateful Dead, and Neil Young. The Crowes – as fans refer to them – are listed at #92 on VH1‘s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”.
The first incarnation of The Black Crowes began in 1984 as “Mr. Crowes Garden” in Atlanta, Georgia a revivalist band dedicated to celebrating and playing 1970s-era blues-rock. Although the Crowes have had many members over the years, the driving force behind the band has always been the brothers Chris & Rich Robinson.
The Crowes released their first studio album, Shake Your Money Maker, in 1990. On the strength of singles “Hard to Handle“, “She Talks to Angels”, “Jealous Again”, “Twice as Hard”, “Sister Luck”, and “Seeing Things”, their debut album received multi-platinum certification and eventually sold over three million copies. The band’s cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” and their acoustic ballad “She Talks to Angels” both broke the Top 30 on the pop charts in 1991.
In 1994 they offered up Amorica after scrapping an unreleased album Tall the previous year. Though Amorica failed to produce a hit single, the album still eventually reached “Gold” status, selling over 500,000 copies. Die hard fans still embraced songs like “Gone”, “A Conspiracy”, “Nonfiction” and especially “Wiser Time”.
It is with that in mind I present “Wiser Time”, my favorite Black Crowes song to those who have ears to hear…
No time left now for shame
Horizon behind me, no more pain
Windswept stars blink and smile
Another song, another mile
You read the line every time
Ask me about crime in my mind
Ask me why another road song
Funny but I bet you never left home
On a good day, I know it aint every day
We can part the sea
And on a bad day, I know it aint every day
Glory beyond our reach
Fourteen seconds until sunrise
Tired but wiser for the time
Lightning 30 miles away
Three thousand more in two days