Crooked Still performing at the Shetland Folk Festival, 2007
|Genres||Progressive bluegrass, folk-country, Americana|
|Years active||2001–2011, 2017|
|Labels||Footprint, Signature Sounds|
|Associated acts||Wild Band of Snee, Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, Fiddlers 4, Tornado Rider, Sometymes Why|
|Past members||Rushad Eggleston|
Crooked Still is a band consisting of vocalist Aoife O'Donovan, banjo player 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.
The string band's style has been described as progressive bluegrass, folk-country, and Americana. O'Donovan states that the band is playing its "own sort of continuation" on the bluegrass tradition that began in the U.S. with Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin.
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.
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
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. After the final show of their 2011 tour, Crooked Still took a three-year touring and recording hiatus (originally planned to be one year) for its members to pursue other musical projects.
Crooked Still will perform at the FreshGrass festival in North Adams, Massachusetts, in September 2017.
|Year||Album details||US Folk|
|2006||Shaken by a Low Sound
|2010||Some Strange Country
|2011||Friends of Fall
|Year||Album details||US Folk|
|2009||Crooked Still Live
|2010||"Half of What We Know"||Grey Sky Films|
- Ruhlmann, William (2005-03-03). "Crooked Still". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
- James Reed, Crooked Still's Aoife O'Donovan comes into her own, Boston Globe, May 20, 2012.
- Linda Fahey, Favorite Sessions Aoife O'Donovan: The Voice of Crooked Still Breaks Loose, NPR, June 8, 2013.
- William Ruhlmann, Profile: Crooked Still, Allmusic.
- Michael Bialas, Exploring Some Strange Country With Crooked Still, Aoife O'Donovan, Huffington Post, 2010.
- "A Decade of Crooked Still: With an EXCLUSIVE Beatles cover from their upcoming EP". Cover Lay Down. Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
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