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Emily Blake
January 16, 2015 AT 10:59 PM EST

After a quarter century together, southern rock group the Black Crowes have broken up.

Guitarist and songwriter Rich Robinson broke the news in a heartfelt statement on Friday.

“It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of the Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up,” he wrote. “I hold my time with the Black Crowes with the utmost respect and sincerest appreciation. It is a huge swath of my life’s body of work. I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished and deeply moved by the relationships people created and maintained with my music. That alone is the greatest honor of being a musician. I love my brother and respect his talent, but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100 percent of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to.”

Robinson and his brother, Chris, founded the Black Crowes Marietta, Georgia, in 1989. Their debut album, Shake Your Money Maker, went multiplatinum and spawned hit singles “Hard to Handle” and “She Talks to Angels,” while its followup The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion is, hit number one on Billboard’s Top 100 Album Chart.

“There are so many people who have helped and supported us along the way,” Robinson added. “I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our fans, our friends behind the scenes, and to everyone who was a part of The Black Crowes.”

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