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by Crowsong

California style rootsy rock and roll in the tradition of Tom Petty and Neil Young, combined with epic surf sounds and glorious slide guitar. (Two-disc set)
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1. Mighty
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2. Peace In My Mind
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3. Anne Marie
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4. Shadows Long Ago
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5. Shelter
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6. Life Under The Moon
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7. Close To The Shore
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8. Seven Crows
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9. Cattle Call
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10. Mexican Summer
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11. Companion Song
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12. Western
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13. Dark Was The Night
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Album Notes
San Francisco trio Crowsong proudly announces the release of its third recording, Shelter/Eternal. Following Western, the band's acclaimed 2002 sophomore effort, Shelter/Eternal comes after four years of intense writing and recording sessions. The result is a double album packed with songs reflecting the richly various dimensions and influences acclaimed guitarist/founder Randy Clark brings. In Shelter, Clark layers acoustic and electric chords in traditional rock- and bluegrass-based arrangements that prop up achingly straight-shooting lyrics, sung in Clark's endearing warm, clear twang. The all-instrumental Eternal opens with a shimmering flourish of surf guitar, greeting you like a rolling wave on a sunny beach. And for those who can't get enough of Clark's glorious, mournful slide guitar, Eternal leaves you with a wistful track subtly merging slide's classical Indian and Delta roots that will have you reaching for your prayer beads with one hand and your bourbon bottle with the other. Spanning the two-album collection is the unique blend of innate humility, honesty and blazing technical virtuosity that has earned high praise from critics and a loyal following since the band's 1999 debut release, Dark Comes Light.



"This is lush Surfadelic music in the grand tradition." "Tribal drums, rising thunder...dramatic and commanding...Superb!" Phil Dirt REVERB CENTRAL,SURF'S UP

"Eternal is five cuts of guitar heaven." -- John Heidt VINTAGE GUITAR

"These records are little materpieces."-- Freddy Celis ROOTSTIME

"Clark came to surf music through the savage rockabilly guitar of Link Wray and has managed to incorporate surf's twangy, staccato rifts into a style almost equally informed by the languid minor chords of Jerry Garcia or the stinging extrapalations of Neil Young".-- Joel Selvin SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

About the Band

Songwriter and Crowsong founder Randy Clark is a “guitarist's guitarist” whose influences are grounded in jazz and blues and enhanced by his deep study of Indian classical music. Clark has played and recorded with The Mermen, The Billy Nayer Show, Oscar Brown Jr. and many others .Clark also has worked with producer Jeffrey Wood at Fantasy studios in Berkeley. He has composed film score work for independent festivals in Chicago and San Francisco.

On acoustic and electric bass, Joshua Zucker also shows his comfort with a wide variety of styles, recording and touring with numerous regional and national artists on both coasts. When not playing with Crowsong, Joshua regularly performs with The Rowan Brothers, Garrin Benfield, Kenni & Co., Poor Man's Whiskey, Rattlebox, Lansdale Station, and many others.

Joining Clark on Shelter/Eternal, drummer Vince Littleton answers the call of versatility with his own diverse background. Littleton's recording credits include john Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt and Johnnie Johnson; he spent three years with The Mermen and has collaborated on soundtracks for television and video games.

“Crowsong’s music is vibrant and atmospheric, ranging from delicate slide instrumentals to searing electric epics.”
— Mick Skidmore, Relix Magazine

“Clark makes his electric axe sing at the edge of feedback, wields a slide against his acoustic strings with ingenuity close to that of Cooder and Lindley, and generally creates a mysterious exotic vibe in a cobbled-together tradition whose gurus might include John Fahey,
Sandy Bull, Harvey Mandel, and Bill Frisell.”
— Derk Richardson, SF Bay Guardian

“Guitarist Randy Clark lays down 72 minutes of the most genuinely amazing acoustic slide, world beat, hypno-drone metal bluster and detuned sonic surf swirl spaced blues whale music since Jeff Beck’s last decent outing.”
— Al Muzer, Aquarian Weekly



Crowsong is a highly accomplished trio led by multiinstrumentalist
and master slide guitarist Randy Clark.
After a largely instrumental debut, they’ve expanded
their sound to include vocals and more textures. Think
Ry Cooder meets Neil Young and Crazy Horse with an
alt-country/blues penchant and a tad of Bob Dylan
thrown in for good measure. The ragged vocals have an
endearing quality while the lopping instrumental grooves
are cinematic in scope. Crowsong’s music is vibrant and
atmospheric, ranging from delicate slide instrumentals to
searing electric epics.

In a region that has spawned too many
creative and hotshot pickers to list in
one place (start with Garcia and Santana
and work your way through Satriani
and Kaiser to Hunter and Campilongo),
genius-in-waiting Randy Clark could
too easily get lost in the shuffle.
Composer and guitarist for the vocalless
quartet Crowsong, Clark makes his
electric axe sing at the edge of
feedback, wields a slide against his
acoustic strings with ingenuity close to
that of Cooder and Lindley, and
generally creates a mysterious exotic
vibe in a cobbled-together tradition
whose gurus might include John Fahey,
Sandy Bull, Harvey Mandel, and Bill
Frisell. Bassist Edo Castro, drummer
Skooter Fein, and percussionist Wade
Peterson play crucial roles on these 13
instrumentals, but Clark's vivid timbres,
mercurial ideas, and novel spins on
eclectic influences (country, western,
Delta blues, jazz, rock, Indian) give
them their intoxicating and memorable
— Derk Richardson
S.F. Bay Guardian
February 2000

Top Indie Rock ‘n’ Pop of 1999
Crowsong, “Dark Comes Light”
This instrumental band, featuring
guitarist Randy Clark, plays in fields
tilled by John Fahey and Ry Cooder,
touching on acoustic country blues, but
moving in modern directions without
the coctail trendiness of , say, the
Friends of Dean Martinez.
— Derk Richardson
January 2000

A master guitarist with a slide style to envy, a vibrato
that melts butter, one of the sweetest tones since Ry
Cooder and the chops and flash of Blow By Blow Jeff
Beck -- Randy Clark came up with sounds other axemen
had yet to imagine on 1999's all-instrumental
Dark Comes Light.
Defying expectation thanks to his surprising revisit
of the twangier tunes contained on that excellent
outing, the utterly engrossing Western glows thanks to
Clark’s rich, warm, Tim Buckley-meets-Mike Scottmeets-
Roger McGuinn-ish vocals, plenty of wellplayed
banjo, mandolin and acoustic, and an edgy,
Steve Earle-like vibe.
Opening with a lilting, Comes A Time-meets-
Jayhawks-meets-Byrds front porch picker (“My Girl”)
that’d sound great on radio -- additional highlights on
a disc that'll hit you in the heart more often than not
include the brilliantly penned “Old Rt.13”; the
appropriately titled “Badlands”; the Nitty Gritty chug of
“Two Manhattans”; an eight minute sonic overload of
road-weary splang called “Drive”; and a raw ‘n’ rangy
roots-rocker called “Separate Ways” that boasts the
hook “If when you wake up, you don‚t see me in the
mornin’, we must have gone our Separate Ways.”
— Al Muzer
Aquarian Weekly
January 2003

Guitarist Randy Clark lays down 72 minutes of the
most genuinely amazing acoustic slide, world beat,
hypno-drone metal bluster and detuned sonic surf
swirl spaced blues whale music since Jeff Beck’s last
decent outing.
Moments of delicate beauty (“Marriage Song”) and
fingerpicked genius (“Before We Met”) compete with
ominous dirges (“15 Miles”), country-fueled toetappers
(“Luli House”) and alien spaceship crashes
(“Dark Comes Light”) for the honor of being your
favorite track. A brilliant guitarist deserving of your
undivided attention.
— Al Muzer
Aquarian Weekly
March 2000

Crowsong, Dark Comes Light
[Crowsong CSR001] If you like the ambient
music that Ry Cooder has been recording
for film soundtracks in recent years, the
expressive, spare instrumental music of
California quartet Crowsong might just
fit the bill. Consisting of
guitarist/composer Randy Clark, bassist
Edo Castro, and percussionists Scooter
Fein and Wade Peterson, Crowsong’s
distinctive sound hinges on Clark’s
piercing slide playing. Pieces like
“Crowsong” have a dense, slightly
ominous feel that might come upon you
during a hot night driving alone through
the desert. “Kumar’s Theme” is Clark’s
adaptation of the classical Indian piece
“Mishra Kirwani.” Clark is at his most
lyrical on the slow, bluesy “Crowsong,”
Whereas he creates the theme for a
mythical western with the twangy
“Nobody,” gets heartbreakingly
DADGAD on “Marriage Song,” and
then rocks out on the feedback-drenched
“Song for Jack Walking Eagle.” Dark
Comes Light is an impressive debut for
Crowsong and heralds the arrival of a
major new guitarist in Randy Clark. (MP)
— Dirty Linen Magazine
August/September 2001

Crowsong is an instrumental quartet from
California led by versatile guitarist, Randy Clark.
He is also a member of the modern day surf band,
‘The Mermen.’
In its cd, ‘Dark Comes Light,’ the band explores
a kaleidoscopic blend of textures that has it's roots
in blues, but ventures into more world beat styles.
For instance, the opening cut, ‘Crowsong’ begins
with Ry Cooder-like slide and then slips into almost
classical Indian tones while incorporating complex
bass patterns. This sound is further explored in
“Kumar's Theme.”
Several of the long cuts have a somewhat
repetitive yet meditative feel, most notably in the
nine minute “Undeground” and the more
experimental “Song for Jack Walking Eagle”. The
almost spaghetti western-flavored “Nobody” offers
a welcome upbeat feel, while the atmospheric,
acoustic slide work on “Magazines and Cocktails”
shows that Clark is an incredible guitarist.
— Relix Magazine
February 2000

Ever since I've been writing reviews,
there are some albums that are hard to
describe. That’s not a bad thing. It's
usually someone who’s done something
a little bit differently and done well.
That's the deal here.
Crowsong is a four piece that features
the songs and guitar playing of Randy
Clark. The instrumental tunes mix
country, country/blues, jazz, and pretty
much everything in between. For
instance, “15 Miles” features a moody,
evocative sound that incorporates
Randy using a slide, volume swells, and
even scrapes to enhance the mood. He
follows that with a killer electric solo
that adds to the feel. The song
“Crowsong” is the same kind of thing.
He plays (if there is such a thing) slide
jazz. The rhythm section cooks behind
him while he solos wonderfully.
“Kumar’s Theme” has a middle-eastern
feel with a nice chordal work.
It's definitely a different-sounding
album. Randy, along with bassist Edo
Castro, drummer Skooter Fein, and
percussionist Wade Peterson, creates
moods throughout. Clark uses
everything to set things up. From nasty
acoustic and electric slide, to ominious
volume swells, to plain-old pretty
acoustic playing, it’s all there.
— John Heidt
Vintage Guitar Magazine
December 1999

CROWSONG, Dark Comes Light
A mighty acoustic slide player, bandleader
Randy Clark, comes to his current group
from a stint in a California surf band.
Crowsong, however, is far more Ganges
than Pacific Ocean, displaying the music
lessons Clark absorbed during studies in
India. The music has an Eastern sound
but a Western structure, so it’s accessible
to American ears. And very satisfying.



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just some guy
Crowsong was reviewed in the SF chronicle as the opening act for Dick Dale for a show in SF (and that Randy Clark was a fan of Dick Dale.) I've always liked rock insturmentals and liked the review comparing Randy to a cross between Jerry Garcia and Neil Young, so I checked out a link with some of his sample cuts. I liked what I heard so I bought the CD and Crowsong has a good sound. I'm looking forward to checking out his other releases.