On Wednesday evening, As The Crow Flies rolled through Los Angeles, making a stop at the legendary Wiltern Theatre for a highly anticipated performance. As The Crow Flies is a relatively new project from Chris Robinson, formerly of The Black Crowes, which is in the midsts of its inaugural tour that kicked off at The Capitol Theatre on April 17th. The band also features Crowes guitarist Audley Freed and bassist Andy Hess, Chris Robinson Brotherhood drummer Tony Leone and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, as well as young famed guitarist Marcus King.
Largely lauded as one of the unit’s best shows to date, As The Crow Flies has found itself loosening up and getting comfortable as it begins to settle fully into the tour. Like many of the other shows they’ve laid out this tour, the band followed its traditional format, offering up the band’s traditional tour openers, “Remedy” and “Sting Me” off the group’s sophomore album, 1992’s The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, to start the show.
Similarly, in Los Angeles, the group laid out a large swath of classic Black Crowes tunes at the start of the show, breaking up this chunk of tunes with a take on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Almost Cut My Hair”. With the band seeming to truly feel comfortable as a working group, the band’s chemistry on stage was a highlight of the night. To close out the show, the band offered up covers of Otis Redding’s “Hard To Handle” and Joe South’s “Hush”, though deviated from past performances by closing the night with an encore of The Doors’ “Peace Frog”.
Setlist: As The Crow Flies | Wiltern Theatre | Los Angeles, LA | 5/9/2018
Set: Remedy, Sting Me, Hotel Illness, Nonfiction, By Your Side, Sometimes Salvation, High Head Blues, Good Friday, Almost Cut My Hair (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover), Wiser Time, She Talks to Angels, Thorn in My Pride, Jealous Again, Hard to Handle (Otis Redding cover), Hush (Joe South cover)
Encore: Peace Frog (The Doors cover)