Rich Robinson has just released his third full-length studio album The Ceaseless Sight via The End Records/Circle Sound and is currently touring the UK. As co-founder of the seminal rock act – The Black Crowes, and having sold well over 30 million albums throughout a career that spans over 25 years, Rich has nailed the mark on this record offering the kind of crossover potential that appeals to a country/indie audience as well.
On The Ceaseless Sight, Rich reminds us that it all comes down to the song, and among some of the great electronic music which relies heavily on technology, there’s still a place for organic, stripped down songwriting and storytelling.
Rich recently answered questions put to him by Andy Howells.
You’ve just released your third solo album, what was the inspiration behind The Ceaseless Sight?
Music. My love for creation and experience and expression.
The songs on the album are described as “organic, stripped down songwriting and storytelling”. How important was it to you to make an album in this way?
I’ve always written that way. If a song is moving in it’s most basic form, then for me that’s the sign of a great song. Music is an organic being in my opinion. It lives and breathes and should represent the human experience and universal truths that show themselves to us daily.
How long did the album take to put together and what differences have you found within the recording processes as a solo artist as opposed to been a member of a group?
It took about a month all in. It’s fun to make a record unfettered by infighting and pettiness that can sometimes come about.
What can people expect from your shows?
I have a great band. We all love playing music together. We’ll be playing songs off of my 3 solo records and some cool covers.
Will you be performing any interpretations of Black Crowes material ?
Tell us about the meet and greet aspect of the gigs, how important is it to you to talk with the fans?
It’s cool to meet people that you don’t know but have been sharing these experiences for years, and in some cases 20+ years.
Beyond the tour and the album, do you have any other projects you are working on?
I’m putting together another art show, and producing and writing for other people.
- Visit Rich Robinson’s official website
- A version of this Q&A with Rich Robinson appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on October 31, 2014