Still Crooked

Crooked Still -  Still Crooked
Crooked Still – Still Crooked
Crooked Still

Still Crooked (Signature Sounds, 2008)

In a world where there are many great bands and it’s hard to differentiate one band from another, contemporary bluegrass band Crooked Still stand out. The most fascinating aspect of their current sound is the extensive use of the cello as a solo instrument, which is a rarity in bluegrass music, and the memorable vocals of . Aoife O’Donovan. The main foundation of the band is creative bluegrass and old time, combined with what some call dark folk and even some world music elements. 

The existing band includes founding members Aoife O’Donovan, Greg Liszt and Corey DiMario, with the addition of two new players, Brittany Haas on five-string fiddle and Tristan Clarridge on cello and second fiddle. “We’re a groove-based band without a drummer,” O’Donovan explains. “We push the beat, staying true to the tradition while we bring old songs into the 21st century."

Crooked Still will be on tour this summer: 

June 11: Berkeley, CA : Freight and Salvage
June 12-13 : Grass Valley, CA : CBA Father’s Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival
June 14 : Groveland, CA : Mountain Sage
June 28 : Owensboro, KY : ROMP
June 29 : Nashville, TN : The Basement
July 4 : Quebec City, QC : Quebec 400th Anniversary Celebration
July 5 : Ottawa, ON : Cisco Systems Blues Festival
July 14 : Alexandria, VA : The Birchmere
July 15 : Philadelphia, PA : World Café Live
July 16 : New York, NY : The Bowery Ballroom
July 17-18 : Cambridge, MA : Club Passim
July 19 : Greenfield, MA : Green River Festival
July 20 : Brownfield, ME : Stone Mountain Arts Center
July 22 : East Burke, VT : The Tamarack
July 23 : Portsmouth, NH : Prescott Park Arts Festival
July 24 : Hillsdale, NY : Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
July 26-27 : Floyd, VA : Floyd Fest
Aug 1 : Seattle, WA : Occidental Park
Aug. 2 : Portland, OR : Pickathon
Aug. 3 : Bend, OR : Les Schwab Amphitheater
Aug. 5 : Bellingham, WA : Green Frog Cafe
Aug. 30-31 : Pagosa Springs, CO : Four Corners Folk Festival
Sep. 6-7 : Remus, MI : Wheatland Music Festival
Sep. 13-14 : Canton, MA : ICONS
Sep. 19 : Berryville, VA : Watermelon Park
Oct. 17 : Middletown, CT : Crowell Concert Hall

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.