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Rich Robinson: Llama Blues EP

Former Black Crowes guitarist strips his blues to bare essentials.

Rich Robinson: Llama Blues EP

Released in 2011 as a companion to his Through A Crooked Sun album, the Llama Blues EP is the most bluesy thing that Rich Robinson has done solo. The four tracks were recorded in a tiny room with a vintage RCA ribbon mic and amps to match, and you can feel the claustrophobia on the opening By The Light Of The Sunset Moon, while distorted vocals conjure up the ghosts of the great Delta bluesmen.

Look Through My Window promises more of the same but makes room for neat slide guitar fills, while The Broken Stick Crown and Run Run have a slow-burning feel as layered guitars glide around each other. Hopefully Robinson will turn this brief encounter into a longer-lasting affair.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.