Rich Robinson, the Black Crowes’ founder and guitarist, has spoken out about The Rolling Stones’ bassist Ronnie Wood. Robinson selected 11 guitarists that helped form his sound in an interview with Guitar World. Three Stones members were on the list, including Ronnie Wood. According to the guitarist, Wood was not a standout member of the band. He stated, ” “Aside from his compositional abilities, his slide abilities and overall sonic approach were just so good.” But, in my opinion, Ronnie hasn’t been able to shine in the same manner with the Stones, which is unfortunate. Don’t get me wrong, he does his thing and it’s incredible, but his shit with the Faces was on another level. That was some truly unique trash. I wish he had more opportunities to do that with the Stones.”
Robinson had previously stated how remarkable the bassist’s works were in the same interview: “Ronnie Wood is vastly underappreciated, particularly in terms of his compositional approach.” It’s amazing how he played those songs and wrote them in the first place. He did so many intriguing things and composed so many unforgettable tunes.” He then named those’memorable’ works by Wood and went on to say: “Writing things like ‘Gasoline Alley’ or ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ requires a lot of talent.” We’re talking about some of the most beautiful rock songs ever written, and Ronnie Wood played a big part in them.” As previously stated, Robinson included two other names from The Rolling Stones on the list: Keith Richards and Mick Taylor. He said the following about Richards:
“I adore his acoustic playing.” Keith is obviously a fantastic guitarist, but hearing him perform acoustic is something amazing. He strummed in an unusual, percussive, and outlandish manner. However, his tone is wonderful. It’s so great that no one on this planet can touch him.” Similarly, he stated for Taylor: “I liked how Mick’s approach balanced things out because he’s often thought of as a blues guitarist and gets boxed in there.” But with the Stones, his pace and virtuosity created a beauty that isn’t always found in blues.” “There was a lot of yearning, but there was also a harshness that was addictive to listen to.” It was difficult and heavy, but it was also extremely emotional. I’m at a loss for words to describe Mick Taylor’s sound. His approach was flowing and beautiful, and it blended well with Keith’s.” The Black Crowes released an EP last year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the best records, including ‘Rocks Off’ by The Rolling Stones. You can listen to the cover below and the entire EP here.