The Black Crowes have been recording for over twenty years, and in that time have released ten studio albums and nine live albums, and have gone on many concert tours, as well as opening for many of the biggest names in rock. They helped revive southern rock as a genre. There are many other accolades that could be given to the Black Crowes.
But for many people, the Black Crowes are pretty much known for being a band for stoners. The band itself is not shy to announce its personal fondness and social advocacy for cannabis, and their music, at least the most famous music off its first two albums, are stereotypically seen as stoner anthems of a sort.
Why this is so is not exactly clear. The Black Crowes music does have a combination of intricacy and repetition that can appeal to the cannabis influenced mind. The lyrics are a mixture of absurd and pretentious that could pass as profound in the tunnels of marijuana intoxication.
She never mentions the word addiction
In certain company
Yes, she'll tell you she's an orphan
After you meet her family
Catchy? Mysterious? Portentous? All of the above, but despite listening to this song for twenty years, I couldn't guess what they are talking about.
But the thing about singling out The Black Crowes as a band for stoners is that everything that can be said about their music and lyrics, as well as the lifestyle behind them, is true of pretty much every rock band, ever. What is said about The Black Crowes could also be said about Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band, and while both of those bands are known to be popular with stoners, it isn't what they are known for. So although the Black Crowes certainly are the type of band that appeals to stoners, why that has become their foremost association in many people's minds is a question for the ages.