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The Black Crowes have announced the first leg of their Lay Down With Number 13 world tour. Following a five-date UK run in March., the band -- led by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson -- will launch their 21-date North American trek, kicking things off over two nights, April 2nd and 3rd at Port Chester, New York's Capitol Theatre. The dates wind up on May 4th in New Orleans at the Mahalia Jackson Theater For The Performing Arts. Additional dates are expected to be announced soon.

On March 19th, the Crowes will release a vinyl version of their new live set, Wiser For The Time. The four vinyl albums contain 26 songs -- 15 acoustic and 11 electric -- from the band's five-night, sold-out 2010 New York City performances. The tracks will also be available as a double album digital download.

Guitarist Rich Robinson shed some light on how the band has been dubbed over the years, "the most 'rock n' roll' rock n' roll band in the world." The tag originally came from a cover story in Britain's Melody Maker, which the Crowes always thought was a goof: "That was a joke. This guy wrote this scathing review of us, and basically said, 'These guys are the bunch of bitchiest,' y'know, 'most pain-in-the-ass, drug-induced,' he just went on, all and all. And then at the end, he, they said, 'Let's face it -- this is the most 'rock n' roll' rock n' roll band in the world.' So we just sort of stole it, and thought it was funny."

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Black Crowes North American tour dates (subject to change):

April 2, 3 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
April 5, 6 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
April 8, 9 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
April 11 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues Boston Presented By Foxwoods Resort Casino
April 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
April 14 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
April 16, 17 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
April 19 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
April 20, 21 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
April 23 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
April 25 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
April 27 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q / Waller Creek Amphitheater
April 28 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
April 30 - Saint Petersburg, FL - Mahaffey Theater
May 1 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
May 4 - New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theater For The Performing Arts

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