Crooked Still

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Crooked Still
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Crooked Still performing at the 2007 Shetland Folk Festival
Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts
Genres Progressive bluegrass, folk
Years active 2001-present
Labels Footprint, Signature Sounds Recordings
Associated acts Wild Band of Snee, Darol Anger's Republic Of Strings, Fiddlers 4, Tornado Rider, Sometymes Why
Members Aoife O'Donovan
Corey DiMario
Gregory Liszt
Tristan Clarridge
Brittany Haas
Past members Rushad Eggleston

Crooked Still is best classified as "Americana" or "unconventional folk", but some may classify as alternative bluegrass band consisting of vocalist Aoife O'Donovan, banjo player Dr. Gregory Liszt, bassist Corey DiMario, cellist Tristan Clarridge and fiddler Brittany Haas. They are known for their high energy, technical skill, unusual instrumentation, and innovative acoustic style.[1]

History[edit]

2001-2008[edit]

O'Donovan and DiMario met at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in the spring of 2001. Former member Rushad Eggleston, who was studying cello at Berklee College of Music, and Liszt, a graduate student at MIT, were playing music together around the same time, and when the four met that summer, they formed a band that became Crooked Still. While its members finished school, the group played various Boston venues, growing in popularity and collecting favorable reviews from the local press.

Crooked Still went on to appear at concert halls, festivals, coffeehouses, and nightclubs in 23 states and several countries. On August 22, 2006, the group released their second album, Shaken by a Low Sound.

From 2008[edit]

Cellist Rushad Eggleston performed his last show with the band on November 18, 2007, at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Massachusetts. He parted ways with Crooked Still to pursue his own music with band Tornado Rider. In January 2008 two new members joined the band: cellist Tristan Clarridge and fiddler Brittany Haas, both of whom have toured in Darol Anger's Republic of Strings. The band released its first album with the new lineup, Still Crooked in 2008, a live album in 2009, and a studio full-length, Some Strange Country, in 2010.

2011 and beyond[edit]

In honor of their tenth anniversary together as a band, Crooked Still embarked on a major tour of the Northeast and the Pacific Northwest, and released a 7-song EP called Friends of Fall in October 2011.[2] After the final show of their 2011 tour, Crooked Still took a one-year touring and recording hiatus for its members to pursue other musical projects.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details US Folk
2004 Hop High
  • Release date: September 14, 2004
  • Label: Footprint Records
2006 Shaken by a Low Sound
2008 Still Crooked
  • Release date: June 24, 2008
  • Label: Signature Sounds Recordings
2010 Some Strange Country
  • Release date: May 18, 2010
  • Label: Signature Sounds Recordings
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2011 Friends of Fall
  • Release date: October 11, 2011
  • Label: Signature Sounds Recordings

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details US Folk
2009 Crooked Still Live
  • Release date: July 6, 2009
  • Label: Signature Sounds Recordings

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Half of What We Know" Grey Sky Films

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2005-03-03). "Crooked Still". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ "A Decade of Crooked Still: With an EXCLUSIVE Beatles cover from their upcoming EP". Cover Lay Down. Retrieved 2011-09-16. [dead link]

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