H.E.A.R. Honors The Crooked Jades
Americana roots band The Crooked Jades are on a mission to reinvent old-time music, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Unpredictable and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe.
The Crooked Jades have 3 critically-acclaimed CDs on Copper Creek Records. Their latest CD, “The Unfortunate Rake, Volume 2: Yellow Mercury” is co-produced by alt-country’s Richard Buckner.. Their brand new CD is expected in February 2005.
Band-leader Jeff Kazor ,who founded The Crooked Jades in 1994, has long had a vision of a band that could revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of old-time music before the influence of commercial radio (1880s to 1930s). Known for their rare and obscure repertoire (drawing on Kazor’s vast collection of American roots music) and eclectic array of vintage instruments, The Crooked Jades play material ranging from soulful old-time ballads and rocking string-band dance music to beautiful traditionally-inspired original compositions. Staying true to the spirit of old-time and respecting its tradition, The Crooked Jades creative arrangements, high-lonesome bluegrass harmonies, and expanded instrumentation add the element of the unexpected and make the music their own.
Innovative pickers with equal parts attitude and respect, The Crooked Jades are unlike any other old-time band, performing with a thrilling energy that has audiences on their feet dancing and critics comparing them to everyone from the New Lost City Ramblers and The Pogues to Gillian Welch and The Handsome Family. The Crooked Jades are Jeff Kazor (guitar/vocals), Jennie Benford of Jim & Jennie & The Pinetops (mandolin/guitar/vocals), Adam Tanner (fiddle/vocals), Erik Pearson (banjos/slide guitar/vocals) and Megan Adie (bass/vocals).
Old-Time Is Not A Crime.
PHOTOS BY CESAR RUBIO
banjo/banjo uke slide guitar vocals