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Chris Robinson Inspired By Ryder's Band Name

12/18/2009 at 04:00 PM ET
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Time spent with his children — son Ryder Russell, 5 ½, and a baby girl due in January — is all about quality, not quantity for Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson.

While logging long hours on tour with his band may have him away from his family for extended periods, the rocker makes it clear that his schedule makes him no less of a father.

“It’s tough being away from your kids,” he admits. “So the one thing I want to instill in my children is, ‘My dad wasn’t away just screwing around, my dad was completely committed, because music is important!’”

And, so far, it seems as if Chris’ dedication to the industry is rubbing off on Ryder, who is able to sing on perfect pitch.

“He told me his band name the other day, which, I have to say, is one of the coolest names I’ve ever heard,” the proud papa laughs.

“He said, ‘Dad, I’m going to start a band. They’re called Black Tusk.’ And I was like, ‘Far out! I might just take that from ya for one of my projects!’”

Baby-on-the-way is Chris’ first with girlfriend Allison Bridges, while Ryder is his only child with ex-wife Kate Hudson.

Source: San Francisco Examiner

– Anya

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Lacey on

“Far out”..I love that!

All Women Stalker on

Haha how cute! Must be fun to raise creative kids. :)

-meream

JMO on

I didn’t know they were having a girl….that’s nice for Chris to get one of each.

Mitta on

LOL, how cute is Ryder? Chris sounds like a great dad.

Theresa on

Black Tusk, how cute and creative is that? Wonder what Ryder was thinking when he came up with that? Children are amazingly gifted with their own talents, but it sure is nice when they gravitate towards our own likes to share and experience in.

Elizabeth on

I have to admit that that IS a cool name for a band!

I don’t know about anyone else, but was anyone surprised that Chris and Kate broke up? It seemed like they could have made it.

Hea on

Love the band name, Ryder! And I really like Chris. He seems so down to earth.

Chris on

Black Tusk IS a really cool name. I’m impressed! :)

Marie on

black tusk! what a cool name

Mary on

Good going Ryder!

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