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Joe Crookston - Five Free Songs

Joe Crookston

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Joe Crookston stands on stage holding his Martin OM 28V, stomping his foot, singing about ruby dresses, drunk roosters, ex-slaves, dangling window washers, Polish immigrants, Tinian Island, the cycles of life & death, and the beauty that’s still exists on this troubled earth.  Go to a Crookston concert, and you’ll drive home with a renewed sense of what’s possible. “This is not reviewers hype, this guy is flat out good!”  (Rodger Nichols in The Dalles Oregon Chronicle).

Joe Crookston was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, with Hungarian musical roots. He inherited his love of music from his late mother, a prolific gospel songwriter and accordion player. He started out playing his Les Paul in local Ohio bands until the weekend he attended the Kent State Folk Festival.  It changed his life.  After seeing Harvey Reid, Wayne Henderson and The Horseflies fire up the stage and connect with the audience, Joe sold his electric guitar, bought a steel string and never looked back… He started writing songs, and his audience has continued to grow ever since.

In February 2009, Joe was awarded the “2009 Album of the Year” by the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN, for his self produced CD, “Able Baker Charlie & Dog.”  It ended up the number 1 most played recording on Folk/Acoustic radio in the US.  Performing more than a hundred shows a year, and sharing the stage with artists like Livingston Taylor, Arlo Guthrie, and John Gorka, Joe Crookston “could be dangerous if he wasn’t one of the good guys.”  He loves his audience and it shows… every time.

His 2004 self produced debut album “Fall Down As The Rain” was selected by Performing Songwriter Magazine as one of the “Top-12” independent recordings of the year and was featured on National Public Radio’s “All Songs Considered”, as well as numerous other radio shows. The album was named “Best Folk Recording” by Seattle’s KBCS radio and WXOU in Auburn Hills, MI. “Fall Down As The Rain” is a beautiful exploration of the cycles of life, death, and the awesomeness of being alive despite the troubled world we live in.

Artful, intense, and often transcendent, imaginative, and extremely engaging. If you love a moving song and magical madness, Joe delivers it all: the music, the lyrics, the energy, and the passion for exceptionally well written songs. We love him.

Watch Joe perform a sped-up version of “Fall Down As The Rain” in this video.

Joe’s albums “Fall Down As The Rain” and “Able Baker Charlie And Dog” are available at CD Baby.

Official Website: http://www.joecrookston.com

2 Reviews

Hans | Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 7:48 am

“Some Songs For You” is an awesome showcase of songs by Joe Crookston, who proves himself to be a great singer, writer & guitar player. Brooklyn in July is heartbreaking.

John Pascal | Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 4:26 am

This is a wonderful album by a great songwriter and fantastic guitar picker. The lyrics are worth paying attention, the voice is powerful, the guitar-work exceptional.

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