Song Premiere: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, “Train Robbers”

(Photo: Allissa Anderson)

“I think I’ll rob a train and move to South America, wander out in the rain, come out smiling and dry,” Black Crowes’ frontman Chris Robinson sings over a slow and sultry groove. “Legend, fortune and fame, I will be the stuff of headlines, another household name to be discarded with time.”

The lyrics are from “Train Robbers,” one of nineteen tracks on Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s quadruple live album Betty’s S.F. Blends, Volume One, a vinyl-only, “farm to table psychedelic hayride” out on Black Friday (11/29.) The set was curated by Grateful Dead producer and engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson, who handpicked the tracks from the band’s five-night stand at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall last December. The band borrowed Jerry Garcia’s guitar, Wolf, for the occasion.

“‘Train Robbers’ is a song based on the old mythology of musician as outlaw, all the romance of said lifestyle in between,” Robinson tells us. Hop on board.