Listen: Steve Gorman's Memoir Of The Black Crowes

Plus Trigger Hippy's New CD

October 9, 2019



With hits like "Hard to Handle," "She Talks to Angels," and "Remedy," The Black Crowes topped the charts and reigned supreme over the radio waves for more than two decades.  They were on the cover of Rolling Stone, MTV played their videos 24/7, and Generation X re-discovered the power of classic rock and blues by digging into multi-platinum classics like “Shake Your Money Maker” and “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.”

However, stardom proved fleeting for The Black Crowes, and their success slowly dwindled as the band members got caught up in the rock star world and lost sight of their musical ambition. Despite the drinking, drugs, and incessant fighting between Chris and Rich Robinson (two of the angriest brothers in rock and roll), the band continued to tour. On any given night, they could be the best band you ever saw—or the most combative. Then, one last rift in 2013 proved too insurmountable to overcome. After that, the Black Crowes would fly no more.

“HARD TO HANDLE: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes—A Memoir,” is the first ever account of this great American rock band's beginning, middle, and end, told from the exclusive, insider perspective of founding member, Steve Gorman.  As the band's drummer and voice of reason, Gorman tried to keep the Black Crowes together musically - and in one piece emotionally.  In HARD TO HANDLE, he makes it clear just how impossible that job was.  From the tumultuous recording sessions, to the coke and weed-field tours, to backstage hangs with legends like Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and the Rolling Stones, Gorman shares never-before-heard stories with great insight, candor, and humor.  Here, it is obvious that they just don't make bands like the Black Crowes anymore - crazy, brilliant, self-destructive, inspiring, and, ultimately, not built to last.

Throughout their career, the Black Crowes sold 35 million albums and toured continuously up until 2013.  Even then, more than twenty years after Rolling Stone named them the Best New American Band of 1990, they drew thousands of fans across the country at over 120 nearly sold-out dates on what ended up being their final tour.  That last tour was so successful that they planned to do a bigger, truly final 25th anniversary tour in 2015.  Unfortunately, there was too much lingering animosity between the three founding members.  Instead, they reverted to their old habits of fighting, blaming each other, drinking too much, and indulging all the other demons that the music industry feeds upon.  While Gorman may have felt relief at not having to head back out on the road, he did feel bad for the band's fans.  He felt he owed them one final show.  HARD TO HANDLE is that final show.



Rejuvenated artist collective Tigger Hippy is back with their first album in five years, “Full Circle And Then Some” releasing October 11th via Turkey Grass Records/Thirty Tigers.  Led by Black Crowes co-founder / drummer Steve Gorman and bassist/vocalist Nick Govrik, Trigger Hippy, version 2.0, now features Band Of Heathens vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ed Jurdi and powerhouse vocalist/saxophonist Amber Woodhouse as they write the next chapter.

“Full Circle And Then Some” is the long-awaited follow up to the group’s 2014 self-titled debut, which American Songwriter gave four-stars calling it, “…one of this year’s finest Southern soul-rock releases.”  Following the album cycle and ensuing tour, former bandmembers Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene returned to their established solo careers. Govrik, the band’s main songwriter, continued to write and play while also becoming a successful restauranteur.  The multi-talented Gorman continued to play music while hosting his Fox Sports Radio show “Steve Gorman Sports!” (which ran for 8 years) and finishing his newly released book “Hard to Handle: The Life And Death Of The Black Crowes”.

Govrik and Gorman always planned to keep Trigger Hippy going, but it wasn’t until they connected with Jurdi and newcomer Woodhouse, that everything clicked.  “Full Circle And Then Some” finds the band building on a foundation steeped in music that grew out of the South.  The unit infuses high energy doses of R&B, funk, blues, rock and gospel with a little Memphis soul and New Orleans boogie tossed into the mix. The result is both captivating and exhilarating.

Trigger Hippy flex their muscle right out of the gate on “Full Circle And Then Some” with the rousing “Don’t Want To Bring You Down”, featuring a lead by all three vocalists and a highly spirited refrain.  The group’s eclectic sound ranges from the country soul infused “Strung Out On The Pain” to the hypnotic dance rhythm of ‘”Born To Be Blue” to Lowell George / Dr. John / Allen Toussaint stylings on “Lost Lost Friend” and “One of Them”.  Special guests on “Full Circle And Then Some” include harmonica virtuoso Mickey Raphael, and guitarist/mandolin player Guthrie Trapp.


With all of these styles melded into one, some might find Trigger Hippy difficult to categorize. We may need to recall a time way back, when all these influences would come together in a group and they were actually referred to as… A Rock ‘n’ Roll Band!