I was a sophomore at White Station High School when the Black Crowes’ 1990 debut, Shake Your Moneymaker, came out and became an instant hit among local rock fans, like the unpretentious straight-rock follow-up album Guns N Roses never managed. Based on the experience of witnessing scores of young Memphians who loved the band’s “Hard to Handle” but didn’t know it was an Otis Redding cover, I’d guess there are an awful lot of locals who were weened on Stax Records via these Georgia retro-rockers. Twenty years later, an Otis Redding cover isn’t the band’s only Memphis connection, as local hero Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) joined the band on guitar a couple of years ago. Dickinson is in the saddle again for the band’s current “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” tour, which the Crowes say will be their last set of live shows for a while. With the band’s new album, the August-released Croweology, a two-disc set of new acoustic recordings from their back catalog, bandleader Chris Robinson and crew are dividing shows into two 90-minute sets, one acoustic and one electric. Crowes fans won’t want to miss the band this week, because they may not get another chance.
The Black Crowes play Mud Island Amphitheatre Thursday, September 30th. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42.50. — Chris Herrington