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From Burnt Orange To Midnight Blue

by Sean Croghan

Crackerbash / Jr.High frontman goes solo. Following national tour with Elliott Smith, this is his debut solo album. A mixture of pop, soul, folk, and rock, Otis Redding and Elvis Costello.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gweneveire
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2. Cupid's Credit Card
4:43 $0.99
3. Friday's Face in Sunday's Suit
5:59 $0.99
4. Tom R.
1:27 $0.99
5. Little Miss Whiplash
4:41 $0.99
6. John McConnell's Ghost
6:32 $0.99
7. Space Room
4:38 $0.99
8. It's Gonna Be Alright
5:11 $0.99
9. Otis Tolstoy
6:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
New Project from Crackerbash/Jr. High Frontman Sean Croghan!

A dark, smoky club, the stench of alcohol, and beer spilled everywhere. Sticky floors and a noisy crowd make you wish were at home. That is, until Sean Croghan hits the stage.

The mood quickly changes from drunk and tired to shattering as Croghan's oft-desolate approach to angst and fear shakes you awake with picturesque lines easily relatable to anyone that's ever lived with self-doubt, confusion, or pain.

Beautiful confessionals open Sean Croghan and his songs up to the listener, as they attentively feel each note and await the ending of the story.

Sean Croghan is not about gloom though, as his live shows attest to. Playing more like a mix of Abbott and Elvis Costello or the sad clown smiling with a glass of whiskey in his hand, Croghan's live show has been known to incorporate spit takes, trip falls, and a wide assortment of engaging activities that further adorn the music.

Sean Croghan has been a staple on the Northwest Music Scene since the late 80's with his hard-hitting, chaotic punk band Crackerbash and then with his much-beloved power-pop quartet Jr. High (both on eMpTy Records).

Fans of Crackerbash and Jr. High will find Croghan's debut solo album quite compelling. Re-affirming himself as both a strong songwriter and a top-notch performer, From Burnt Orange To Midnight Blue mixes a combination of unsettling singer-songwriter piano songs ("Space Room" and "Tom R.") with catchy pop ("Friday's Face in Sunday's Suit" and "Gweneviere"), while opening up the music to soul ("Otis Tolstoy") and combustible rock ("It's Gonna Be Alright").

Special guests Martyn Leaper and Rebecca Cole (the duo behind SpinArt's The Minders), Paul Pulvirenti (ex-Jr. High, No. 2), Luther Russell (ex-Freewheelers), and Larry Crane on bass help round out the album with a full-band feel.

Key Selling Points:

-National Press Mailing of 300 CDs - including Alternative Press, Magnet,,, Billboard, fanzines, and more.

-Record includes appearances by members of The Minders, No. 2, Fernando, and Freewheelers. Live band also includes members of The Minders, No. 2, and Fernando.

-Full-band and solo acoustic shows throughout the Northwest in spring/summer 2001.

-Engineered and Mixed at Jackpot! Studios by Larry Crane (Tape Op! Editor and internationally-recognized engineer).



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Crackerbash / Jr.High frontman goes solo. Toured with Elliot Smith. A mixture of pop, soul, folk, and rock, Otis Redding and Elvis Costello.

Jason Dietz

Sean Croghan rocks my world!
I really like this album. Lots of good stuff from punk to soul to everything. Reminds me of Elvis Costello and The Jam with Otis Redding and even some Dylan and Stones influences mashed in with some delta blues. But what do I know?

Alison Clair

best record of the year
this is the best record of the year. i can't get enough of it. listen to it every day.

Fred Chamberlin

classic pop from a classy songwriter
sean delivers the goods on this eponymous debut from a songwriter who is infamous in his own right and soon to be legendary

cristen marshall

rawk on!
this is a slammin', rockin', soul-stomping record that is as good, if not better than all his other stuff. i love this guy. now, when is he coming to san diego?

Liana Z.

Ethereal, classically modern --so beautifully Sean Croghan.


I have to listen to this cd some more- the lyrics are amazing! Evocative of th
I have to listen to this cd some more. The lyrics are amazing! Evocative of the stench of beery piss at a dive bar. I particularly liked "Friday's Face in a Sunday Suit". It has to grow on you, like Tom Waits' music does.

Insider One

One of the best albums of the year so far.
I've been trying to put my finger on why this album has entranced me since I began listening to it a week before I began writing this. Part of it, certainly, is the exquisite arrangements that make each of the songs stand out. The dynamics — quiet moments preceding powerful crescendos — are breathtaking. Otis Tolstoy is a textbook example of a soul record... From Burnt Orange to Midnight Blue is one of the best albums I've heard so far this year.

Jennifer Krum

excellent album
not since elliott smith has their been a songwriter so pure and honest as sean. brilliant stuff here. jk

Alicia Rose

Sean Croghan Is A Local Hero
Sean Croghan is no doubt one of the most prolific songwriters to come out of the Northwest in the last twenty years.
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