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It takes courage to release the security of the familiar and embrace change. After five years of touring and establishing themselves as "the most important folk group to emerge from Boston since the early 60's", Crooked Still announced that cellist Rushad Eggleston would leave the group in November of 2007. The band that had been drawing invitations from huge events like the ... Read more in Amazon's Crooked Still Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: True North
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you’re a fan of traditional American music of just about any sort, you are likely to have heard at least a few of the songs on SHAKEN BY A LOW SOUND, the debut album on Signature Sounds for Boston-based roots band Crooked Still. There’s a Bob Dylan song here (a revved-up version of “Oxford Town”), a classic Robert Johnson tune there (a gender-bending “Come On My Kitchen”) and a Bill Monroe number way over yonder. Plus, there are a bunch of traditional songs – some fairly well known, some obscure to even the deepest miners of such music. But no matter how familiar you may be with some of these songs, you have never heard them played this way. Crooked Still takes melodic songs with fertile histories. They strip them down. Then they rebuild them in a spirited, fun and twisted way, a way that is all their own. Calling their sound unique may be the understatement of the year. Tracks: Can’t You Hear Me Callin’ / Little Sadie / New Railroad / Oxford Town, Cumberland Gap / Lone Pilgrim / Come On In My Kitchen / Ain’t No Grave / Ecstasy / Mountain Jumper / Railroad Bill / Wind And Rain. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Country Grumpkin VINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2007
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Well, this one is different! I've always loved cello music, whether by Jacqueline du Pre, Julian LLoyd Webber, or indeed,on Albert Lee's lovely version of Buddy Holly's 'Learning The Game'. Crooked Still are what one might term alt. bluegrass, They clearly have a deep feel for music in the American tradition, folk, blues and bluegrass, albeit with rock overtones. Their music here is firmly built around guitar, banjo, upright bass - and the cello, where the fiddle might be expected. Various guest musicians add excellent support. Aoife O'Donovan's breathy vocals are reminiscent of Alison Krauss, if more low-key, and throughout the harmonies here are beautiful. The musicianship is superb, if at times stopping just short of self-indulgence. The album kicks off with a fine version of Bill Monroe's 'Can't You Hear Me Callin'?', and contains an interesting take on Robert Johnson's 'Come On In My Kitchen'. The cello is featured prominently. I loved the hauntingly sombre 'Ecstacy' and the mournful last track, 'Wind And Rain', which somehow brought to mind 'Green Grow The Rushes'. In fact, the cello enables Crooked Still to do sombre very well, to contrast the more uptempo numbers and the lively 'Mountain Jumper'. This is a fine album, some way down the line from their roots perhaps, but always retaining that old-timey spirit and tradition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Hardy fan on 14 Jan. 2012
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Fantastic album if you like blue grass and American roots music.
I can't fault the album. Every track is a winner.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Markus Fischer on 10 July 2009
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Love the CD from A to Z. An unusual instrumentation and a stunning voice put together with inventive melodies. I couldn't get bored of it if I tried. Brilliant stuff.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent album 25 Aug. 2006
By Bama Girl - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I originally became interested in Crooked Still when I heard Aoife sing on a Wayfaring Strangers' album. I like this album better than their first, Hop High, primarily because this time the instruments do not overpower Aoife's voice. The songs are drawn from diverse sources (primarily bluegrass, but a Shaker hymn and a blues classic also appear), the musicianship is impressive both technically and interpretively, and Aoife sings the songs beautifully. I bought two copies of the album before the official release date and have since bought an additional 6 copies for friends and family. The play length is about 39 minutes. The lyrics are not included with the album, but when I asked about this, Crooked Still said they are redesigning their website. When this is completed, the lyrics will be available on their site. There were only a couple of isolated words that I could not understand, so this is not a big issue.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good sophmore effort 17 Sept. 2006
By Craig Fisher - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you're checking out the reviews for Crooked Still you either already know what a great outfit these folks are or maybe you're poking around based on word-of-mouth. Regardless, they ably follow-up their amazing debut album (Hop High) with another collection of bluegrassy traditional songs and cover tunes on Shaken By a Low Sound. Again, the Still bring it to effect. Standout tracks include an upbeat version of the Dylan gem Oxford Town which comfortably segues into the classic Cumberland Gap, Ain't No Grave which gets the train song treatment, and an airy take on Wind and Rain. The album really is a good all-around listen; however, (and here are my reservations) it lacks a certain quality that made their debut such a fabulous disc; first, gone is the prominent spacey, hypnotic feel that made it sound that something heavy was going down in the studio that day. Additionally, maybe it's the production/arrangements (Robert Johnson's Come On In My Kitchen) or song choice (didn't the great Boston folkie Kris Delmhorst just record a cover of Ain't No Grave?), but it doesn't quite hold the attention as well as Hop High either. I was also hoping for a batch of original songs as well, but I recognize, in obviousness, that this was not the intent here. Like I said, it really is a nice little disc in spite of these trifling issues, and it would be a shame if you overlooked Shaken By a Low Sound for them as Crooked Still are diamonds in the rough of a too often vapid music scene. Looking forward to seeing 'em on tour!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
USA Today Review - August 29, 2006 29 Aug. 2006
By spanky - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Country: Crooked Still, Shaken by a Low Sound (* * * 1/2)

O'Donovan -- Aoife O'Donovan. Remember that name, because with a sultry voice that makes her sound like a bluesier Alison Krauss, she's about to become the newest darling of the Americana set. Also like Krauss, O'Donovan's four-piece neo-folk outfit (which includes banjoist Gregory Liszt from Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Sessions Band) creates refreshing rearrangements of familiar tunes. Grounded by double bass and cello, the year's most descriptively titled album turns public-domain tunes into bluegrass and chamber folk. With those, plus thrillingly original takes on Bill Monroe's Can't You Hear Me Callin' and Robert Johnson's Come On in My Kitchen, Shaken is stirring. -- Mansfield
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Madman of the Cello! 26 Feb. 2007
By 1969mets - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This record is fine...wonderful, in fact. The band (a cello-bass-banjo power trio!) combines a profound understanding of the "trad" repertoire with hot chops and a hot chick singer with a breathy-but-tasteful delivery. BUT GO SEE THIS BAND LIVE!! I have just returned from Wintergrass and feel safe in saying that I have seen the future (of something or other) and his name is Rushad Eggleston, virtuoso madman. Rushad is evolving into a major force and, in addition his magical cello, he has--for lack of a better word--a schtick you have to see to believe. He is the Jimi-Django of this fabulous aggregation. GO SEE HIM BEFORE HE EXPLODES. Holy, holy bejesus!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Solid follow-up to "Hop High", but with a muted edge 10 May 2007
By C. R. Anderson - Published on
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So, what do you get when you combine a lead singer with an airy, sultry, velvety smooth voice, a rocking double bass, a banjo player that actually earned his Ph.D. from MIT, and a cellist that's totally bonkers? You get Crooked Still, a band who's unique style of bluegrass music is turning heads wherever they play. I had the fortune of stumbling across these guys at Merlefest and I was hooked from the first song. Their style of music is generally referred to as "Alternative Bluegrass"; basically, they take a traditional song, break it down, and then add their own unique rhythm and melody. These guys take a _very_ creative approach to bluegrass/American folk music (for example, flat-picking a cello), and if your listening habits tend towards the more traditional approach, this may not be the band for you. As good as they are, I'm hoping at some point they will start creating some original material. Also, as many have noted, their second album "Shaken by a low sound" lacks the freshness and edge of both their first album and the live performances of the songs on the album--though that may reflect the influence of the label rather than a conscious decision by the band. Bottom line: if you can only purchase one Crooked Still album, get the first one, "Hop High". If you get a chance to see this band live, do so. You won't be disappointed.
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