On the Black Crowes‘ second night at the Ogden Theatre — and their third show of the week in the metro area — the band crammed 16 songs into a prompt two hour set on Friday. There was no extra wait time as the band took the stage at 10 p.m. The timeliness was welcome after the Crowes were reportedly tardy to their Wednesday show.
Friday night’s set was for the Black Crowes “connoisseur.” The set list included deep cuts like “Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution” (“Warpaint,” 2008), “She Gave Good Sunflower” and “P.25 London” both off (“Amorica,” 1994).
The set showcased the Black Crowes’ spectrum of influences — a feature of the band that leads to some debate of what genre they are. In music everyone steals from everyone. And tracing the Black Crowes’ influence back lands the band in the category of southern rock. Bands like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones blatantly ripped off their sound from what Chess Records was scooping up at the time from bluesmen in the south making their way to Chicago to record it.
Chris Robinson steals his dance moves and stage swagger from Robert Plant and Mick Jagger. It’s a lovely cycle that preserves the southern rock sound. He was made in the south, packaged in Chicago, sent to the UK and bleeds through the Black Crowes in the way of gospel, blues and soul.
“Thorn in My Pride” (“The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion,” 1992) and “Soul Singing” (“Lions,” 2001) were highlights of the show, including covers “Dreams” (The Allman Brothers Band), “Torn and Frayed” (The Rolling Stones) and an encore covering the Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’.”
Covering the Velvet Underground’s music to end the show may have been a nod to Lou Reed’s passing, but the Black Crowes also played that song during their September set at Telluride Blues and Brews.
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.