Georgia’s The Black Crowes hit dizzying heights on the DVD, Warpaint Live. Filmed at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, Warpaint Live captures a rejuvenated Crowes powering through their recording Warpaint with a strut that had eluded the band towards the end of the 1990s.
Beginning with "Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution," the tone is set with brothers Chris (vocals) and Rich Robinson (guitar) controlling the proceedings, projecting a mix of southern blues, folk and rock with untapped ease onto the western audience. Sven Pipien’s bass looms large on the waltzing rhythm and blues workout, "Walk Believer Walk." "Oh Josephine" centers around the thick keyboard fills of Adam MacDougall, and drummer Steve Gorman is a steady background presence as he guides the group through the time changes that round out "Evergreen."
But the big surprise on Warpaint Live is recent addition Luther Dickinson on guitar. The North Mississippi Allstars’ frontman runs wild on the Warpaint material, solidifying his position within The Black Crowes sound mix, while stepping aside gracefully for solos from Rich Robinson and layered background vocals from singers Charity White and Mona Lisa Young.
Recorded on March 20, 2008, Warpaint Live is easily one of the best visual releases of The Black Crowes in their natural habitat, the concert stage.
Warpaint Live is out now on Eagle Records.