Yesterday I had a chance to catch up with Black Crowes (hiatus) frontman Chris Robinson, who's coming to town (Nov. 24, Neumos) with a new band (Chris Robinson's Brotherhood) and a pair of fresh records (The Magic Door, Big Moon Ritual) full of shuffle-rock jams. Toward the end of our chat, Mr. Robinson brought up Seattle's Green River, the band that, of course, featured players who would go on to form some of the city's biggest rock acts: Pearl Jam and Mudhoney.
Here's what happened:
SW: What do you have planned for the holidays?
This is our,kinda last leg for the year, which is our West Coast run, which we're very excited (about). I feel this band is really born of a really west coast spirit, which includes the Pacific Northwest. I know all the old Green River fans probably hate hearing hippies say stuff like that.
Were you into Green River?
Not especially. It was so funny to me, like, when all that stuff sort of happened, I was like, "That's how ... all the guys in bands in Atlanta that worked at the pizza shop (sounded like). I already heard all those bands."
Really? That's funny.
Oh, yeah, in the '80s? The music scene? Of course.
The '80s music scene in Atlanta sounded like the '90s music scene in Seattle?
I think there was definitely the same roots of what supposed alternative or indie rock became, yeah, totally. I wasn't a part of it, but all my friends were.