The new song from Chris Robinson Brotherhood might be titled “California Hymn,” but it sounds like a gospel choir got lost and stumbled into a Southern honky-tonk. The mix is fitting, given that Robinson is a Georgia native (and co-founder of the Black Crowes), though he now spends the majority of his time in Northern California.
“California Hymn” is from CRB’s upcoming fourth album, Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, another winsome dose of their seasoned, psychedelic magic. The song’s pedal-steel guitar twang is as lonesome sounding as ever, but Robinson and his band-mates (Neal Casal, Adam MacDougall, and Tony Leone) deliver a holy roller of a chorus, with the interlocking harmonies that push the song to transcendent heights. The inevitable shot of redemption makes it a perfect coda to the album, out July 29. Enjoy an exclusive preview here: