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by Cross-eyed Rosie

Cross-eyed Rosie creates acoustic music that acknowledges their bluegrass roots while incorporating pop, jazz and funk in this inventive and emotionally stirring music.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. That's Not What Love Is
3:17 album only
2. Redwood Mission
4:17 album only
3. Wheatfield
2:09 album only
4. I Don't Want to Get Adjusted to This World
2:54 album only
5. Second Chance
2:25 album only
6. Train
3:31 album only
7. Moonbeams and Kerosene
4:32 album only
8. Great High Mountain
2:59 album only
9. Cowboy
5:06 album only
10. Sophie's Reel
2:43 album only
11. In My Time of Dying
2:51 album only
12. Nobody's Fault but Mine
1:41 album only
13. Little Switzerland
3:48 album only


Album Notes
Cross-eyed Rosie creates acoustic music that acknowledges their bluegrass roots while incorporating pop, jazz and funk in this inventive and emotionally stirring music. Often dubbed “blues-grass”, the masterful and beautiful music created by this quintet comes from the heart.

Rosie, composed of five talented, high-energy individuals captivates audiences across the west while pushing the boundaries of Americana and folk music. The band’s rise to the top of the acoustic circuit is not surprising after hearing their brand new and uniquely original album, “Adjusted”. The album comes across with a “live” feel from tunes that have been road tested to audiences and penned by all five members of the band.

After four years of touring clubs, theaters and festivals, Rosie has come into its own through wonderful writing, masterful musicianship and driving energy that has audiences coming back for more.



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i loved the music and great talent of this group. i eagerly await the band's next cd and hope to see them at the next folklife festival in seattle in may 2007. i go to a lot of festivals around the country and this band is a definite find. i wish only the best for them.


Solid Softmore Album From Ever Evolving Folk Grass Fellowship
What a big step forward for this Portland,Oregon Folk Grass Favorite. Such great fluxuation from the traditional sounds of Blue Grass to the Soul Filled sounds of a deeply influenced " New Folk " experience.The Album overall has a very sweet flow and even calls on such contemporaries as Lucinda Williams and David Grisman. Excellent Harmonies combined with some subtle jams brings a great listen to this whole CD.

Pat Mellow

Aunt Patti
A knee slappin', foot tappin' and hand clappin' jam! Partial to "little Switzerland"... Jah bless.


great songs and nice melodies!
Really enjoyed listening to it. Very refreshing sounds!!


Ahhh.... some CER at last....
Been chompin' at the bit to hear this one.... amazing how "out of the loop" one can be just by moving over a couple of states.... Thanks guys, I love y'all and never forget who your first #1 fan is.... uhh.. that would be me!
Peace, Love, and tell someone you Love 'em.... Storm

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Like proud parents, tickled to see their favored child grow into a big fish in a smallish pond, Portland, Oregon smiles upon one if its favorite and most beloved bluegrass babies, Cross-eyed Rosie. With a light and accessible modern touch, tipping their hat to folkgrass and alt country while still holding true to the heart and soul of old school bluegrass, this playful and light-hearted quintet brings a distinctively one-on-one, personal touch to their genre of music, earning them a special corner in the Rose City bluegrass scene. They set their sound apart by having developed the quintessential Stumptown style and attitude; just like this city, bustling with 550,000+ people while still managing to feel and operate like a small town, this ensemble conveys enormous spirit through their music, doing it all with an intimate and pub-down-the-street conception. From Jon’s rock-solid guitar foundation to Lincoln’s bright mandolin and lead vocals, this group performs and delivers their music not just as artistic colleagues but as a circle of friends in a larger, connected community. Three cheers for Portland’s Cross-eyed Rosie!


I love this CD! What a great combination of songs and beautiful harmonies!! Well done!!

Joe Ross

Positive, upbeat music that is full of optimism & cheerfulness
Playing Time – 42:18 -- Achieving success as a band is as much about attitude as it is about the music itself. With their second album, “Adjusted,” band members of Oregon-based Cross-Eyed Rosie show that they have the right disposition about music being an important and satisfying part of their lives. Fully engaged in both traditional and original songs, Cross-Eyed Rosie’s collective energy is productive, and you could say that the quintet is getting well-adjusted. The seed for the band’s formation was planted when friends started jamming weekly at a coffee shop, and it’s well documented that caffeine and crowds help with attitude adjustment too. Throw in the frenetic energy of “Moonbeams & Kerosene,” along with some “Wheatfield,” “Cowboy,” and “Little Switzerland,” and you’ve got a surefire recipe for a progressive bluegrass buzz. They’ve also balanced their set by including some instrumentals such as “Sophie’s Reel.”

Working to make the music as fun as possible for all, their uniqueness draws from the varied backgrounds of the band members. After Zoe Kaplan left the group in 2005, they had to regroup a bit. The band now includes Allison Longstreth (lead vocals), Lincoln Crockett (lead vocals, mandolin), Ellie Holzemer (fiddle, vocals), Jon Ostrom (guitar), and Jason Mellow (bass, vocals). Guests Erik Yates and Dale Adkins provide banjo on two cuts. Band members have a number of musical aspirations. With classical voice training, Allison has Kentucky roots and dreams of a musical career. Lincoln wants to perform more solo shows around Portland. Jon handles booking for the band, and he’d like to see even more gigs roll in for Cross-Eyed Rosie. Ellie hopes to someday be mistaken for Laurie Lewis or Alison Krauss. From Pennsylvania, Jason has spent the last decade building a fulfilling lifestyle in Oregon that balances music and family commitments.

Probably learned from Iris Dement’s rendition of “I Don’t Want to Get Adjusted,” Longstreth sings about getting to a better home sooner or later. In a similar vein, I encourage Cross-Eyed Rosie to persevere and not grow old and weary. In “Great High Mountain,” the band sings “The higher I got the harder I climbed, I'm still climbing upward …” Hard work, determination and a little musical tightening will bring Cross-Eyed Rosie even greater success. While their music is building them a legion of young, exuberant fans, they just need to keep telling themselves that they are outstanding people capable of achieving their lofty goals. They don’t need to settle for being runner up for Best Local Band in Willamette Week’s Readers Poll. And, if they go to Telluride again, I hope they enter and win the band contest there. I admire Cross-Eyed Rosie for their positive and upbeat music that is full of optimism and cheerfulness. They have planted plenty of seeds for growth and opportunity. Remember …. music is better when you have a good attitude. Already well above the mediocrity that marks many young bands, Cross-Eyed Rosie is climbing the musical ladder to magnificence. They have the tools. While this is a strong outing, look for them to reach even higher and get even better “adjusted” on future albums. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)