With the recording of The Black Crowes fourth album, Three Snakes and One Charm, released 25 years ago, the band remained untouchable when it came to reviving classic-rock sounds and re-imagining them in original new ways. Among Three Snakes' many highlights, "Under a Mountain" was a cryptic Southern rocker (sample lyrics: "Lay down with number 13") that was written in five minutes, according to Rich; "Nebakanezer" was a psychedelic strut laced with serpentine guitars and "(Only) Halfway to Everywhere" an irrepressible singalong; the Indian-flavored "How Much for Your Wings" made for a beguiling detour and "Blackberry" was a funky rhythm & blues penned in the spirit of the band's earlier, breakthrough hit with "Hard to Handle."
For the 25th anniversary of the album, we wanted to create something as unique as the record, and asked illustrator Nathaniel Deas to take viewers on a visual exploration of the album:
Creating a print for The Black Crowes is an absolute dream come true, and not a responsibility that I took lightly. Previous artwork for the band, created by some of my personal heroes, has established an iconic legacy that I tried to honor while putting it into my own words. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of "Three Snakes and One Charm," I tried to incorporate as many references to the album as I could squeeze in, scattering hidden nuggets throughout the design. My hope is that the viewer has as much fun exploring Mr. Crowe's garden as I had while creating it. - Nathaniel Deas