The Chris Robinson Brotherhood sure does love its live albums lately. Perhaps trying to either emulate or eventually outdo The Grateful Dead’s extensive “Dick’s Picks” and “Dave’s Picks” series of live releases from the tape archives of that legendary San Francisco band (clearly a major influence on the Brotherhood), the CRB are now up to their third volume of “Betty’s Blends” – soundboard recordings mixed live by engineer and Grateful Dead archivist Betty Cantor-Jackson.
Recorded during November 2015 at shows in Atlanta, Raleigh and Charleston, the 3-LP/2-CD Betty’s Blends Vol. 3: Self-Rising, Southern Blends includes original Brotherhood staples like “Clear Blue Sky & the Good Doctor,” “Roan County Banjo” and “Oak Apple Day,” but primarily focuses on the band’s wide-ranging choice of cover material. Selections include Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs to Me,” Allen Toussaint’s “Get Out of My Life Woman” and Slim Harpo’s “The Music’s Hot.”
“With Betty, we trust her sonic sensibilities and give her the space and freedom to do what the woman does, and what she does is beautiful and unique,” Robinson underscores. “It’s the stuff rock ‘n’ roll dreams and recordings are made of. Viva la Betty!”
Betty’s Blends Vol. 3 comes out May 5th via Silver Arrow Records.