The Black Crowes take on the Temptations classic in promotion of their latest collection of cover songs out today.
The Black Crowes celebrated the release of their latest EP, 1972, on Jimmy Kimmel last night with a faithful version of the iconic “Papa was a Rolling Stone”. In many ways, 1972 was a landmark year in pop music, and the new release, their first in twelve years, is a six-song celebration representing the rock and roll melting pot that year turned out to be.
After a brief introduction from guest host Mike Birbiglia (Jimmy Kimmel is out with Covid) Chris Robinson’s signature bluesy rasp is soon heard leading the way over the notoriously sparse arrangement. The band makes up for the lack of strings and other studio luxuries with raw power and groove, switching the trumpet solo out for harmonic and laying the backbeat on thick. It’s a skillful performance by a seasoned band that doesn’t stray too far from the original arrangement but with a song that good, there’s no reason to mess around with perfection.
The Black Crowes will be kicking off their 2022 summer tour where they will be playing their 1990 debut album Shake Your Money Maker in its entirety in June. Check here for tour dates.