Sunday, October 30, 2011

Crooked Still Covers Dylan and Simon

As I've written here before, Crooked Still is the most exciting bluegrass band in the world today. This fall they're celebrating their tenth anniversary with the release of a new CD, Friends of Fall, and a west coast tour, followed by some dates in their native northeast. After that, they say, they'll be taking a hiatus in 2012 to work on individual projects. Singer Aoife O'Donovan, in particular, has a lot going on: she was on the Tonight Show last week with Yo-Yo Ma, and she sings two songs on his new Goat Rodeo CD, and she has previously recorded two CDs with the side project Sometymes Why. Is it wrong to hope that she won't become a huge star during her break from Crooked Still, and break up the band like Jenny Lewis did with Rilo Kiley? Listen to a couple of covers (Bob Dylan's "Oxford Town" and Paul Simon's "American Tune") recorded October 5 at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont and decide for yourself. And if you get a chance to see them before they take their break, don't miss out.

Oxford Town

American Tune

Check their website for tour dates and to buy their new CD. Thanks to whynotus at etree for the recording. And don't forget to leave a comment below.

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