Barefoot In The Head (Silver Arrow Records) marks a third collection of new material from the band in the past two years and freedom suits the Chris Robinson Brotherhood well!
'Barefoot In The Head' finds the band pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. The album showcases the continued growth of Robinson's songwriting partnership with his bandmates (guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill), while revelling in the kind of playful adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned in to the same sonic wavelength.
The album opens with the Americana funk of "Behold The Seer," which sounds like something of a mission statement for the CRB as Robinson sings, "If you want to keep your engine humming / Keep your eyes wide ahead and don't look back." On the dreamy "She Shares My Blanket," Robinson crafts cinematic scenes from a winter love affair in the mountains, while elegant pedal steel added by special guest Barry Sless on "Blonde Light Of Day" casts a warm, romantic haze and "Blue Star Woman" sounds like T-Rex dressed in overalls living on a West Coast commune. Throughout the album, Robinson and the band deftly intertwine country, blues and psychedelia, even channeling freewheeling 60s' folk on "Hark The Herald Hermit Speaks," a breakneck stream of consciousness that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. On the English psych inspired "Glow," which Robinson calls "one of the most special things I've ever done in the studio," The CRB are joined by the celebrated sarodist Alam Khan (son of the legendary Ali Akbar Khan).
A1 Behold The Seer 4:22
A2 She Shares My Blanket 4:24
B1 Hark, The Herald Hermit Speaks 4:47
B2 Blonde Light Of Morning 4:03
B3 Dog Eat Sun 3:06
C1 Blue Star Woman 4:59
C2 High Is Not The Top 3:49
C3 If You Had A Heart To Break 5:51
D1 Glow 4:50
D2 Good To Know 4:53
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD 2xLP Barefoot In The Head
Label: Silver Arrow Records – SAR 019
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Album
Country: USA & Europe
Released: 21 Jul 2017