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No Better Times

by Crooked Pine Band

Crooked Pine plays Americana based on traditional mountain music, these are songs and tunes that are played and sung with heartfelt emotion and the feel that only thirty years of making music together can provide.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Twisted Laurel
2:36 $0.99
2. Settin' the Woods On Fire
2:26 $0.99
3. Stay All Night
2:24 $0.99
4. Calvary
4:48 $0.99
5. The B Part
4:02 $0.99
6. Becky Mountain Road
2:49 $0.99
7. Hobo's Meditation/Old Buddy Goodnight
4:40 $0.99
8. Elk River Blues
2:04 $0.99
9. Greasy Coat/28th of January
3:40 $0.99
10. Railroading On the Great Divide
3:18 $0.99
11. Gone, Gonna Rise Again
3:01 $0.99
12. Julie Ann Johnson
2:36 $0.99
13. Nobody Loves Me Anymore
2:31 $0.99
14. Fiddle and Bow
4:17 $0.99
15. Ain't No Better Times
3:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
One of the toughest choices we faced in making this album was settling on the name. Marion's first thought was “Settin' the Woods on Fire”. Can't you just see the front cover with Deputy Fire Chief Bannerman … well, you can picture the rest for yourself.
Frank liked “Branching Out” as we are surely doing that. The brave new world of incorporating original songs into the Crook mix has been a key part of this experience. We are having a blast expanding our musical horizons and hope you'll enjoy the results as much as we enjoyed the process.
But we settled on “No Better Times”, the title of Craig's original that closes the album. Simply put, we don't know that three friends could have had better times than we did bringing this music into being. We recorded at Marion's studio high on the mountain top that looks down on Crooked Pine, the homestead that was our beginning 37 years ago. We worked amid deep forest, thunderstorms and Pileated woodpeckers. Somewhere in the mix it's all there, we assure you.
We recorded in all day sessions across the summer of 2012. Marion greeted with morning coffee and the smoke of slow food already on the barbecue for lunch. Anticipation was high for what just-picked vegetables Craig would bring from his garden today … and for what flavor of growler Frank would bring from the local brewery!
In heartfelt cooking and gardening (and brewing!) all the love, care and dedication come though undeniably in the taste. So it is with music. We hope in listening you find a bit of the 'no better times' that we found in the creating.
Here is a little background on each of the tunes:

Twisted Laurel — We cut our teeth on the Red Clay Ramblers in the 1970's. Craig's been wanting to sing this one for years. We all miss Tommy…..

Settin’ the Woods on Fire — We thought this was a lesser known Hank Williams song, until Frank first performed it and folks were singing along. “Let's go riding, gal….”

Stay All Night— A kicking and hollering Appalachian fiddle tune, one of the genre “the river's too high for you to go home, darling, so…..”

Calvary — Craig's tribute to Levon Helm, an icon throughout the years. An intimation of each of our own mortalities.

The “B” Part — One old man's wistful muse about love, time, and music—lost, regained, and passed along. Frank sings a Marion song.

Becky Mountain Road — “Taking Becky” was the shortest way to get to Crooked Pine back in the day, but fraught with peril. Now she's straighter, wider, paved, and painted—and not nearly as exciting. Marion's ode to Becky.

Hobo's Meditation/Old Buddy Goodnight — Jimmie Rodgers' hobo ponders his future… Utah Phillips' hobo has caught his last train… Frank melds two of his favorite hobo songs.

Elk River Blues - composed by West Virginia fiddle legend Ernie Carpenter as a lament to his homestead being flooded over when the Sutton Dam was built on the Elk River.

Greasy Coat/ The 28th of January — A West Virginia modal medley that we ride like a runaway train on a dark mountain grade. Are we driving or just holding on? What's a greasy coat? According to the lyrics there are two fellas that just might know.

Railroading on the Great Divide — Crook's been singing this Carter Family song for years. Frank's wife, Zia, suggested that we include it here, one of her favorites.

Gone, Gonna’ Rise Again - Si Kahn brings us a story of mountain families passing down the love of land and kinship between generations.

Julie Ann Johnson — One of our favorite fiddle tunes at barn dances, Marion brings this from 'Round Peak' on the North Carolina/Virginia border. If you can't dance with Julie Ann, well, you just can't dance.

Nobody Loves Me Anymore — Perhaps the ultimate rejection song, Frank's been singing this one for 30 years or so.

Fiddle and Bow — Marion wrote this one as we neared the end of recording this album. Yes, it's the friendship, it's the music, it's the continuing journey.

Ain't No Better Times — Craig's soliloquy on the four tightest circles in his life: his firefighting teammates - his music buddies - his children - his wife, Jane.



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MUSIC SELF PLAYED .................
There used to be a hot poker made sign hanging in the crooked pine cabin up on see'off Mnt. saying "music self played, is happiness self made " That i reckon is the ethos behind this talented trio's whole career into the Appalachian/Americana folk music genre. It is about happiness and there is a lot to make a convert to that music smile about here .
An absolute treat.