Joe Crookston | Fall Down as the Rain

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Fall Down as the Rain

by Joe Crookston

A sonically beautiful blend of contemporary folk rooted deeply in traditional music and universal themes. "Performing Songwriter Top-12-Do-It-Yourself Recording --Nov 2004 says... "The most fleet-fingered guitar work this side of Richard Thompson"
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In the pool
0:12 $0.99
2. Fall Down as the Rain
5:01 $0.99
3. Don't Bring Me Flowers
2:16 $0.99
4. The Good Stuff
4:26 $0.99
5. The Sylvan Song
4:24 $0.99
6. Satisfied
4:22 $0.99
7. Mostly
4:54 $0.99
8. If I Say Yes
2:47 $0.99
9. Dance and Sway
4:45 $0.99
10. Blue
4:31 $0.99
11. Little Pink
3:20 $0.99
12. Poor Me
2:41 $0.99
13. Mostly (Chaco Canyon Mix)
3:19 $0.99
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Joe Crookston "Fall Down as the Rain"

"Top-12-Do-It-Yourself Recording"-- Performing Songwriter Magazine Fall 2004

"Go see this man perform".... his audience rapport and playful stage presence is intense, mesmerizing, and refreshingly dynamic.

"Oh my heavens! This CD is wonderful. WUMB (Boston) is playing it a great deal. Congratulations on a terrific sounding recording of well written songs." Marilyn Rea Beyer, Music Director WUMB Public Radio Network-Boston

"I've watched audiences glued to their seats at the end of Joe's shows simply not wanting the evening to end. There is a spirit in his music that is simultaneously sacred, celebratory and solidly grounded in tradition.......... Go see this man perform, and don't be surprised if you drive home singing his songs with a renewed sense of what's possible." --Seattle Folklore Society

Joe Crookston's music and songwriting is deeply rooted in the grand celebration of life, death, ancestry and the interconnectedness of us all. Born and raised in rural Ohio, with Hungarian musical blood in his veins, he inherited his love of music and song from his late mother, an extremely prolific gospel singer/songwriter and accordion polka wizard. His music draws from his rural Ohio roots and exudes a remarkable intergenerational, universal, and timeless quality.

His keen musicianship as guitarist, clawhammer banjo player, fiddler, singer and songwriter fuse contemporary and traditional elements, with his crafted "Neruda-esque" writing style.

His latest release "Fall Down as the Rain", was chosen by Performing Songwriter Magazine as a 2004 "TOP-12-Do-It-Yourself" independent recording, and two of his songs (including the title track of his latest CD "Fall Down as the Rain") recently won runner-up in the folk category in the prestigious National John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Joe's music continues to fill the airwaves of public radio stations across the US, and his songs have been featured on National Public Radio's All Songs Considered, as well as Syndicated Minnesota Public Radio. He has shared festival stages with the likes of Livingston Taylor, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, and Tim Reynolds, Claudia Schmidt and many others.

"Fall Down as the Rain", was named "Best Folk Recording for March 2004" by Seattle's KBCS radio, and is a beautiful exploration of the cycles of life, death, and the awesomeness of being alive.

Sing Out! Magazine - Fall 2004 says....
"His melodies are varied and the harmonies perfectly complimentary. With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good...and Joe does. There isn't a weak cut on this recording."

"Joe's songs are powerful, simple, distilled lyrical paintings weaving together cycles of life and decay, cycles of joy and pain, and eventually they thread
the needle through all of us..." He is a commanding, charismatic performer. Be glad Joe's one of the good guys, because otherwise, he'd be dangerous. Victory Music Review -

"Get this CD, you'll be glad you did"



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Sally Jo Martine

straight from the heart
Crookston's "Fall Down as the Rain" beckons to the heart and soul of listeners. Immediate and heart-felt, his pulsing rhythms and incisive words inpire a deep listening to one's own inner voice and the wisdom therein.

Katherine Bush

Fall Down as the Rain
Joe's song, Dance and Sway told a simple and touching story of a couple who had always expressed their love through the old man's music . It told of a couple who never stopped smiling at one another and never stopped holding hands because they knew something so many of us forget and that is....
When you stop smiling and when you stop holding hands the magic ends.

Every time I listen to this song, I can envision the old man with that crooked grin, smiling lovingly, while his gently aging wife stands in the back room of their old farmhouse, gazing out the window. I can see her swaying in perfect harmony to the music while thinking that no one is watching, but hopes that someone is.
I see a small gray haired man with twinkling blue eyes behind that crooked smile and I see him reach for her hand after his playing is over as her arms fall slowly to her sides. I see him gently take a hold of that frail and weathered hand as the magic continues because the two of them continue to do as they have always their love, each in their own way... through music.
Thank you, Joe, for this lovely song.