Last night, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood played their first concert since they announced the departure of co-founding member Adam MacDougall and an upcoming hiatus earlier this month. The show took place at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
Pete Sears was on keys for Thursday night’s performance as he will be for the rest of the month. The CRB focused on material from their forthcoming album, Servants Of The Sun. “Comin’ Round The Mountain” from the LP opened and was followed by the debut of Servants Of The Sun track “A Smiling Epitaph.” After the trifecta of “New Cannonball Rag,” “Eagles On The Highway” and “Roan County Banjo,” the group went back to the LP for four straight songs: “The Chauffeur’s Daughter,” “Let It Fall,” “Rare Birds” and “Dice Game.”
The Brotherhood ended their lone set with three staples as a cover of Slim Harpo’s “The Music’s Hot” led into “Venus In Chrome,” which gave way to “Behold The Seer.” For the encore, The CRB went with Rod Stewart’s “Mandolin Wind.” The selection was a perfect one as Sears played keys on the original version found on the 1971 Rod Stewart album Every Picture Tells A Story.