Patti, Rich and the Crowes
Before she recorded her recent collection of cover songs Twelve Patti Smith ran into Rich Robinson. According to Smith, the Black Crowes guitarist approached her and name-dropped her soundman without mentioning his own band or famous last name. After chatting for a bit, Smith invited Robinson into the studio to record a version of Paul Simons The Boy in a Bubble, still unaware that he plays in a platinum-selling rock band. The pair hit it off and Robinson later invited Smith to play with Circle Sound, the band he fronts alongside Luther Dickinson, at New Yorks Bowery Ballroom and Irving Plaza. Later this month the new friends will share the stage again when Smith and her band open for the Black Crowes at New Yorks United Place Theater on October 30 and 31.