Crooked Still's 4th album is an elegant package of superbly crafted musical styles taking country/folk as the deep foundation and veering off into exhilarating and exciting directions. It's amazing music and it can hardly be called "bluegrass" or be locked into one genre. Where Ray Charles gave us Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music back in 1962, Crooked Still bring those expressions into the new millennium. Recorded during a long blizzard in rural Virginia, Some Strange Country expands on the band's unique blend of Appalachian-based string band styles combining with chamber music strings and pop sensibility, all supporting Aoife O'Donovan's sultry and sometimes spooky vocals. The album was produced by Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek) and features guest contributions of bluegrass legends Ricky Skaggs and Tim O'Brien and vocals from rising star Sarah Jarosz.
THE SWEETBACK SISTERS
This young group of stellar Brooklyn-based musicians performs an incredible array of traditional old-time & honky tonk rock music reminiscent of the 1940's & 50's. Complete with hot licks and sweet girl-on-girl harmonies, they're sure to warm the heart of all you modern day cowboys and girls. The Sweetback Sisters line-up features the lavish voices of Zara Bode and Emily Miller with an all-star cast of instrumentalists including: West Virginian triple threat Jesse Milnes; Stefan "da guns" Amidon on drums; Philly's stringed slayer Ross Bellenoit on rippin' Telecaster, and Bridget Kearny on bass. With sold out concerts across the North East, a special guest appearance on A Prairie Home Companion and now the excellent debut album Chicken Ain't Chicken, these kids are off to an exciting start!