Unsigned southern rockers The Black Crowes are being courted by a host of major and independent record labels following the resounding success of their current reunion tour.

The WISER TIME band, who reunited in March (05) following an extended hiatus that began in 2001, are on the road this summer playing a mixture of US gigs, some as headliners and several as support act to Tom Petty + THE HEARTBREAKERS.

Audience reaction to the concerts has been so strong that record company bosses are now engaged in a bidding war to sign The Black Crowes.

But the maverick band, fronted by brothers CHRIS and RICH ROBINSON, is in no hurry to ink a deal.

Manager PETE ANGELUS says, "This is a new era for The Black Crowes. It would be premature to focus on anything other than their phenomenal live shows at this point in time.

"They're doing what they want to do, they're playing what they want to play - all on their own terms - and you can hear that excitement in the music which is being resoundingly reciprocated by their audiences."

Alongside the Robinson siblings, the current Black Crowes is a return to what many consider the band's classic line-up with keyboardist EDDIE HAWRYSCH, lead guitarist MARC FORD, drummer STEVE GORMAN and bassist SVEN PIPIEN.

31/05/2005 17:27