After announcing the departure of longtime keyboardist Adam MacDougall earlier this month, followed by the subsequent announcement of interim replacement keyboardists Pete Sears and Joel Robinow, Chris Robinson Brotherhood returned to the road last week for a run of dates in the eastern portion of the country with Sears behind the keys.
During their first stint in Kill Devil Hills, NC, on Thursday, Robinson and his slightly new-look band offered up the live debut of “A Smiling Epitaph,” the closing track on the CRB’s upcoming studio album, Servants of the Sun (out June 14).
With Sears in tow, the group played similar sets throughout the weekend, which included shows in Wilmington, DE, Richmond, VA, and Greenville, NC. Several other Servants tracks like “The Chauffeur’s Daughter,” “Let It Fall,” “Rare Birds,” “Dice Game,” “Venus in Chrome” and “Comin’ Round the Mountain” also made appearances, along with the band’s cover of Rod Stewart’s Mandolin Wind, which served as the encore for each of the four shows.
The CRB continue their run with Sears tonight (May 21) in Hunting, WV, and this week in Lexington, KY, and Maryville, TN. See the band’s full schedule here.