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by Crooked Still
     
 

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Crooked Still isn't reinventing anything on its debut album, which is full of traditional country songs like "Darling Corey," "Shady Grove," and "Flora" (aka "The Lily of the West"), and some familiar copyrighted ones, such as Robert Johnson's "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" and Albert E. Brumley's "RankSee more details below

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Crooked Still isn't reinventing anything on its debut album, which is full of traditional country songs like "Darling Corey," "Shady Grove," and "Flora" (aka "The Lily of the West"), and some familiar copyrighted ones, such as Robert Johnson's "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" and Albert E. Brumley's "Rank Stranger." To the extent there is anything unusual about the quartet's approach, it lies in the instrumentation, which consists of banjo, cello, and double bass, backing Aoife O'Donovan's singing. That's not the most typical lineup for a string band, and it allows space for the three instrumentalists to solo extensively. Still, the group is more about execution than innovation. The players, augmented on a couple of tracks each by fiddle and percussion, mesh well into a band sound, and O'Donovan has a breathy voice reminiscent of Shawn Colvin and Alison Krauss. Together, they give the material a spirited reading that affirms its time-tested quality. So, the members of Crooked Still succeed in being both traditionalists and stylists on their debut album, a significant accomplishment for a young outfit.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0747728924828
catalogNumber:
5637258704

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Crooked Still   Primary Artist
Eric Kilburn   Choir, Chorus
Jake Armerding   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Ruthy Ungar   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Rushad Eggleston   Guitar,Cello,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Aoife O'Donovan   Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Brittany Haas   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Corey DiMario   Choir, Chorus,Double Bass,Group Member
Richie Barshay   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Hanneke Cassel   Choir, Chorus
Gregory Liszt   Banjo
Wellspring Chorus   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Eric Kilburn   Engineer
Gillian Welch   Composer
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Crooked Still   Audio Production
Hanneke Cassel   Producer,Audio Production

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