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Still Crooked

Still Crooked

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Still Crooked

Still Crooked

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The new five-member version of Crooked Still converged to mingle their creative processes at Allaire Studios in upstate New York, with producer Eric Merrill for Still Crooked. The album balances unknown traditional material with three new tunes from the band, along with "Did You Sleep Well?" by fellow old time musician Nathan Taylor, and a Mississippi John Hurt standard. The entire album was recorded "live" in one big room, with everyone playing together. Merrill captured most songs in one or two takes. "As we worked on the songs, we realized there was a lot of loss and mortality in the lyrics," banjo player Greg Liszt adds. "You can't make a folk album without delving into what's happening now and we were surprised at how current the songs sounded. On 'Captain, Captain' a woman asks what happened to her lover and the Captain replies 'he dropped down dead in the gulf.' It's a 400-year-old line, but it gives you chills." Still Crooked is an ensemble effort of inspired music making that moves the bands' impossible- to-pigeonhole style in new directions while honoring their folk roots. "It's hard to pin down our music," bass player Corey DiMario says. "We play improvised old time music, bluegrass, folk and our own songs within the broad context of a string band. Like a lot of today's bands, we have modern and traditional influences that confuse the boundaries. We want to keep blurring those lines to make something all our own."

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2008
Label: Signature Sounds
UPC: 0701237201320
catalogNumber: 2013
Rank: 87620


  1. Undone in Sorrow
  2. The Absentee
  3. Captain, Captain
  4. Tell Her to Come Back Home
  5. Low Down and Dirty
  6. Oh, Agamemnon
  7. Pharaoh
  8. Florence
  9. Did You Sleep Well?
  10. Poor Ellen Smith
  11. Theme from the Absentee
  12. Wading Deep Waters
  13. Baby, What's Wrong with You?

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Crooked Still   Primary Artist
Tim O'Brien   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Amy Helm   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Erick Jaskowiak   Guest Appearance
Aoife O'Donovan   Guitar,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Piano (Upright),Baritone Ukulele,Group Member
Brittany Haas   Fiddle,Group Member
Corey DiMario   Double Bass,Guitar (Tenor),Group Member
Eric Merrill   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Uncle Dave Macon   Composer
Ola Belle Reed   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Erick Jaskowiak   Engineer,Contributor
Nathan Taylor   Composer
Brittany Haas   Composer
Eric Merrill   Producer,Contributor,Audio Production

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