Crooked Still Some Strange Country Product Type Compact Disc Folk

Track Title. 1 Sometimes In This Country. 2 The Golden Vanity. 3 Distress. 4 Henry Lee. 5 Half Of What We Know. 6 I’m Troubled. 7 Locust In The Willow: Locust Tree/Willow Tree. 8 Turning Away. 9 Calvary. 10 Cold Mountains. 11 You Were Gone. 12 You Got The Silver. Crooked Still continue to redefine the parameters of bluegrass and progressive folk with their unique take on the old-time music they love. The tunes on Some Strange Country are mostly traditional, but the band infuses them with a subtle bluegrass virtuosity, chamber music attitude, and solos that often sound like they were borrowed from classical music. With Aoife O’Donovan’s luminous vocals, Tristan Clarridge’s dark, energetic free-form cello, the unclassifiable five-finger banjo picking style of Gregory Liszt, Brittany Haas on the five-string fiddle, and Corey DiMario’s jazzy approach to the standup bass, you have a band that’s ready to think, and play, outside of the box. The arrangements on Some Strange Country are warm and mellow; the tunes glow like the embers of a late-night summer fire infusing the air with a comforting smell of hickory smoke. Aoife O’Donovan’s voice is the focal point of the album, delivering the songs with the understated virtuosity typical of the best folksingers. She lets the stories she’s singing unfold on their own, revealing again their timeless beauty. Liszt’s dexterous double-time banjo plays off against Clarridge’s measured cello lines to add tension to the opening verses of “The Golden Vanity.”.