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Hop High

by Crooked Still

Rock energy coexists with old-time mountain soul. Spooky backwoods melodies combine with hip, hard-hitting beats. Raw, searing blues riffs intermingle with high heavenly vocals. Sound good? Meet Crooked Still
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Darling Corey
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2. Angeline The Baker
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3. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
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4. Orphan Girl
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5. Lonesome Road
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6. Old Virginia
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7. Flora
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8. Look On And Cry
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9. Lulu Gal
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10. Rank Stranger
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11. Shady Grove
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Rock energy coexists with old-time mountain soul. Spooky backwoods melodies combine with hip hard-hitting beats. Raw, searing blues riffs intermingle with high heavenly vocals. Sound good? Here's the catch:

No electricity. No drums.

Meet Crooked Still, the hot young alternative bluegrass group on a mission to bend the boundaries of traditional music. The unlikely combination of banjo, cello, and double bass drives this low lonesome band, whose soaring vocals and high-wire solos have enraptured audiences all over North America and Ireland since 2001.

Four very unique musical personalities merge to form Crooked Still. Aoife O'Donovan's refined, sultry vocals float over Rushad Eggleston's rumbling cello riffs, Dr. Gregory Liszt's futuristic four-finger banjo rolls and Corey DiMario's pulsing bass lines. The resulting acoustic fusion can warp a traditional American tune to the brink of unrecognizability without sacrificing the authenticity of the original sources. "It's almost like we're going back and making imaginary history,'' says Eggleston, whose versatile cello style has already sparked a revolution among young cellists. ``What if the 1920s Appalachian musicians could've heard the music we hear now?'' If only...

In the spring of 2001, singer O'Donovan and bassist DiMario were classmates at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. Unbeknownst to them at the time, just across the river in the laboratories of MIT a young cellist named Rushad Eggleston from the Berklee College of Music met every night to jam with Greg Liszt, then a graduate student and aspiring banjo player. A serendipitous meeting at a late-night party brought all four of these musicians together for the first time, and Crooked Still was born in the summer of that year.

As its members finished school, Crooked Still frequently performed around Boston, collecting rave reviews from the local press, notably the Boston Globe, Northeast Performer, and the Boston Herald. The band's fan base grew until it became almost impossible to get into the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge when Crooked Still took the stage. A trip to the North American Folk Alliance in 2004 resulted in invitations to perform at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and historic Newport Folk Festival. Hop High, the debut album from Crooked Still, was released at the prestigious Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in July, 2004 and was the top-selling CD at the festival that year. Following the success of this first festival appearance, Crooked Still has appeared at concert halls, nightclubs, coffeehouses, and festivals in twenty-three states and three different countries. This grassroots endeavor frequently lands Hop High among the top ten best selling CD's at the online independent megastore CD Baby.

For more information, individual bios, and tour schedule, please visit

To hear the members of Crooked Still with other projects, look for the following artists on

Sometimes Why (Aoife)
Lissa Schneckenburger (Corey)
Hanneke Cassel (Rushad, Corey, and Aoife)
Laura Cortese (Corey and Greg)
Flynn Cohen (Aoife, Rushad, and Greg)
The Mammals (Aoife sings some harmony)



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Jerry Duhon

Went to a Crookedstill concert and loved it so I bought the record
I went to a Crookedstill concert and loved them. the albumn was just as good, now I have both albumns and play them all the time.

Shannon McAbee

I love it and so does my nine year old!


What a great find!
Every now and then I look for a new group. Crooked Still was a great find. The combination of cello and piano in a bluegrass format actually works well, and provides interesting layers to the music. Talent is talent, and this young group is worth a listen. I had to hunt down this earlier CD, but I'm really glad I did.


Can't stop playing it! I'm so dissappointed I missed them on Woodsong's. I would have driven 3hr. one way to hear them live for an hour!!
I don't skip one track on this CD and whodathunk you could get me to jump up and twirl and dance to "Orphan Girl". I look forward to seeing this group live.

Ed Goodstein

Great debut album
A real treat I think. This group is in definite 'sync' with each other. Aoife O'Donovan has one of the sweetest
AND sexiest voices in folk to come along in awhile-- & great,ingenious playing from the guys. They even make
that ol' chestnut "Shady Grove" sound interesting again
:). I think you'd like if you like Nickel Creek, Alison Kraus, The Mammals, even 'Brit folk' group like Pentangle, etc.-- though they definitely have their own
unique style too.

Lee McFall

Very Good
As a bluegrass/new acoustic music fan for 30 years, I thought this music was extremely good. What I hear is the Cello substituting for the guitar in a typical bluegrass ensemble. Great musicianship. Some tunes very hot. Great arrancgements.


Bloody Amazing
From a classical player who has never had the chance to listen to much bluegrass or folk, I think I can confidently say that it will be impossibly difficult for me not to compare every other group I hear to your infectuous energy and delicious new twists on old tunes. Hats off to you all!


One of my fav CDs
Absolutely amazing CD. It's amazing I haven't had to buy a second copy yet, because I listen to the first copy so frequently I'm surprised I haven't worn it out yet. Highly recommended.


Good Motervation
Saw these guys at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year (2006) and they were definately the act that took everybody by surprise. They played in between a mainstage act on Thursday's Mainstage show and Wow! The celloist totally motivated me to pickup this cello I got for christmas and actively try teaching myself a thing or two. Unfortunately there's no cello instructors in Winnipeg, so that's the way it's got to be. When I got the CD I was totally pumped. Been listening to it over and over again for a week and a half straight now. Looking forward to their new CD :)

Blaise Freeman

way awesome - especially orphan girl
CELLOS RULE! And Rusahd Eggleston is incredible!
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