LIVE: Crooked Still @ The Egg, 11/19/11

November 30th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
Aoife O'Donovan and Corey DiMario

Aoife O'Donovan and Corey DiMario

You may be scratching your head and thinking, “Didn’t Crooked Still just play The Egg?”

Well, yes, they did – this past January. (Read our review here.) The band also played at Club Helsinki in Hudson just last month, and Aoife O’Donovan, Crooked Still’s captivating vocalist, also performed at the FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams the month before that.

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LIVE: Crooked Still @ The Egg, 1/15/11

January 18th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

Crooked Still

Crooked Still is no ordinary bluegrass band. In fact, they’re not really a bluegrass band at all. Oh, they might look like a bluegrass band – except for Tristan Clarridge on the oh-so-not-bluegrass instrument, the cello – but, in fact, they cut a mighty wide swath across musical genres last Saturday in front of a near-capacity crowd for their third annual tour stop at The Egg in Albany.

The Boston-based quintet served up a little bit of everything: sea chanty (“The Golden Vanity”), pop-rock (the Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out”), murder ballad (“Henry Lee”), Appalachian art song (“Half of What We Know”), folk (“When First Unto This Country”), gospel funk (“Calvary”) and blues (“Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down”).

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CD: Crooked Still’s “Some Strange Country”

May 18th, 2010, 4:12 pm by Greg

(Signature Sounds, 2010):

Old is new. And new is old. That’s how it sounds on Crooked Still’s brand new album, “Some Strange Country.”

Or maybe not. Maybe it all just simply sounds timeless.

The band’s fourth album sounds simultaneously ancient and thoroughly modern, balancing a solid set of traditional songs with an equally impressive brace of original tunes and an unexpected, disc-closing cover of the Rolling Stones’ “You Got the Silver.”

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