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by Crowsong

Acoustic and electric guitar-driven rock trio blending blues, country, surf, jazz and indian influences.
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Girl
4:35 $0.99
2. Separate Ways
3:42 $0.99
3. Thirty More Years
3:20 $0.99
4. Drive
8:44 $0.99
5. Two Manhattans
5:02 $0.99
6. Wishes in a Well
4:07 $0.99
7. Fall in the Sea
5:25 $0.99
8. Badlands
6:05 $0.99
9. Red is the Color of Blood
6:45 $0.99
10. Old Rt. 13
5:12 $0.99
11. Fearless
2:13 $0.99
12. Songs About Horses
3:52 $0.99
13. Desert Song
4:08 $0.99
14. Endless Shore
2:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
CROWSONG is pleased to present Western, the much anticipated follow up recording to the critically acclaimed Dark Comes Light, the critic's choice for the Bay Area's top 10 independent releases of 1999 ( Western expands the composition of the previous CROWSONG recording, adding vocal tracks to create a richly textured and deeply emotional sound.

At the center of Randy's expression is a blend of styles. Though rooted in the blues, his playing relies heavily on Indian classical music, rock, and jazz. His lead is complimented by the propulsive drumming of Dave Kaufman. Joshua Zucker's steady bass playing completes the sound.

CROWSONG owes its unique style and drive to the diverse backgrounds of its members. Each of the members has been active in various musical settings in the San Francisco Bay area.

Randy Clark: guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals
Joshua Zucker: bass, vocals
Dave Kaufman: drums vocals

When he's not busy playing with CROWSONG, Randy Clark has picked and strummed with some great San Francisco bands. He joined Jim Thomas for a stint in the Mermen, and played with the Billy Nayer Show at the Sun Dance Film Festival. His noisy film score work has been featured in trailers for the San Francisco and Chicago independent film festivals, as well as a host of other twisted films. He's taught hundreds of people to play music in the basement of Haight Ashbury Music and at the Blue Bear School of American Music. Randy has also written an instructional book (The Alternative Guitar Chord Book, 1996), and a series of columns for Guitar Player magazine. He's studied music in India and holds a Jazz Studies degree from Ithaca College. After seeing Martin Simpson play slide guitar "about a hundred times(!)," Randy has emerged as a force in modern guitar playing.

Joshua Zucker plays regularly with Kenni Leigh Feinberg, Garrin Benfield, and Tony Perez & Second Hand Smoke. Past projects include collaborations with Dr. Morbius, Gakk, Matt Forsythe & Van Cougar, Alex Skolnick and Tom Ross as well as commissioned work for the Tisch School of the arts at NYU.



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Mark Alessio

CROWSONG's "Western" is a CD that truly stands out from many other 'Americana' releases. The songs on this release, without exception, are rich in atmosphere. They're all superb, dripping with feeling and mood .... without any of the forced 'attitude' too often found in roots-oriented releases. There's dark moods here, but there's also a kind of poetry about it. It's the kind of CD you might want to put on while reading a novel by Cormac McCarthy.

Randy Clark's guitar-playing is a revelation. His solos have a life of their own, like desert snakes coiling into the song and then slithering away. The guy doesn't waste a note, and the energy and style of his electric playing is more than evenly matched by some of THE tastiest acoustic-slide playing you can ever hope to hear.

There are some fine acoustic songs on this CD (which remind me a bit of vintage Happy & Artie Traum), but that growling electric-guitar is never very far away (think a bit of Neil Young & Crazy Horse).

Fantastic songs .... imaginative guitar-playing .... and a feel that will take you from rainy days to stretches of lonely desert .... "Western" satisfies and impresses from the first track to the last.