2020 is already shaping up to be a busy year for Chris Robinson. Away from his Brotherhood, the sometime Black Crowes man is set to tour the UK in June with a re-formed Crowes and also give the world a debut album from another of his acts, Green Leaf Rustlers.
The Rustlers – a band indulging in Robinson’s alt-country interests – finds him teaming up with Barry Sless, Pete Sears and others. Their debut album, released on March 6th, was actually recorded at a live show all the way back in 2018, but it’s appearance on vinyl will finally give the wider world a taste of this country based collective.
Ahead of the release, you can check out the band’s rocked up cover of ‘Big Mouth Blues’ – originally by country rock pioneer Gram Parsons – via the YouTube link below.
More information on the band and album can be found in the attached press release.
Comprised by Chris Robinson, Barry Sless, Greg Loiacono, Pete Sears and John Molo, Green Leaf Rustlers are a staple of the live music scene in and around Marin County. While seldom performing outside of Northern California, their reputation precedes them for re-imagining country rock gems by artists like Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, The Byrds and more.
For their debut album, Green Leaf Rustlers called upon frequent Robinson collaborator and legendary Grateful Dead archivist Betty Cantor Jackson to record the band live at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA on March 27, 28 and 29, 2018. The resulting 2-LP set finds the ensemble diving deep with a set of exhilarating performances, including an extended take on Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues,” the full-tilt choogle of JJ Cale‘s “Ride Me High,” a country-soul-soaked reading of The Rolling Stones‘ “No Expectations” (listen/share) and the American music staple “That’s Alright Mama” (listen / share), originally by bluesman Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup.
“Green Leaf Rustlers are a Marin County hippie hayride,” says Robinson. “Rockin’ and rollin’ through our favorite classic cosmic country covers and keeping the good people dancing the night away under star-filled western skies.”
GREEN LEAF RUSTLERS
From Within Marin
1. Big Mouth Blues
2. Groove Me
3. No Expectations
5. Folsom Prison
6. That’s Alright Mama
8. Positively 4th Street
9. Ramblin’ Man
10. Ride Me High