“Kickin’ My Heart Around” is from Black Crowe’s “By Your Side”, their fifth studio album. It was released in early 1999 on Columbia Records, following the band’s move from American Recordings, after second guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Johnny Colt had left the band in 1997.
Audley Freed and Sven Pipien were hired as the new guitarist and bassist, respectively, although Rich Robinson played all the guitar parts on the album. By Your Side was recorded in New York City during the second quarter of 1998 and produced by Kevin Shirley. It comprised songs written in the studio, revised songs from pre-production and re-recorded songs from the abandoned 1997 album Band.
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The Black Crowes promoted By Your Side by performing on numerous television programs in North America and Europe. The album debuted at its peak position of number 26 on the Billboard 200 and generally received positive reviews.
While some critics depreciated By Your Side for its similarity to albums by Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones, most reviewers lauded The Black Crowes’ return to the straightforward approach of their debut album, Shake Your Money Maker (1990). Chris Robinson’s singing and Rich’s guitar playing also won praise from critics, though reviews of the lyrics were mixed.
Beginning in February 1999, the band toured North American theaters for two months in support of the album. Setlists from the tour, known as the “Souled Out Tour”, typically included more than half the album’s songs. The concerts were followed by a short co-headlining tour of US amphitheaters with Lenny Kravitz. The band spent the remainder of the summer opening for Aerosmith’s European tour.
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