Jeff Crosby & Darci Carlson
Saturday July 22, 7PM-10PM
JEFF CROSBY WITH DARCI CARLSON
Born and raised in a sleepy mountain town in Northern Idaho, singer-songwriter Jeff Crosby creates critically acclaimed music that has landed him in the sometimes indefinable genres of folk, rock, and Americana. Writing about the rare beauty found in his travels and the unconventional stories of the people and places he has encountered along the way, he has that rare gift of sounding like he does not belong to any specific era. It’s this timelessness that has allowed him to spend the last decade sharing the stage with an array of performers including Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Charley Crockett, Widespread Panic, American Aquarium, Nikki Lane and many more.
His songs present almost as pages ripped out of an intimately personal diary, capturing what it means to have loved, lost and kept on the move. There seems to be no shortage of inspiration as Crosby is one of the last few “troubadours” that truly lives the life he sings about. His music has been favorably compared to great singer-songwriters from Dylan to Van Zandt to Earle.
After dropping out of school at 17 to pursue touring full-time with a band on the west coast, he’s made his living by permanently staying on the road – night after night, show after show, from load-in until the last drink is poured.
Crosby’s new single “Laramie” (which features Ken Coomer on drums (Wilco/Uncle Tupelo/Todd Snider) is an insightful story and an honest, open expression of where Crosby has gone wrong while reminiscing on an old, fond memory. Bittersweet lyrics, world-weary vocal tones, and organic, timeless instrumentation make the song feel like a classic ready to add itself to the canon. The song was produced, engineered, and mixed by Geoff Piller at Electric Thunder Studios in Nashville, TN (Truth and Salvage Co., Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown) and mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering in Los Angeles, CA (The Black Keys, Lucinda William’s, Ryan Bingham, The Shins, Ray Lamontagne).
For 5 years, home for Crosby was a little shoebox apartment off Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Giving up coffee to pay rent and running around with “The Homeless and the Dreamers” (the title of a song he wrote paying homage to that time) he found a way to thrive despite the hardships and make poignant music while doing so. Through a chance encounter in the city, he met and befriended a music editor for the critically-acclaimed television show Sons of Anarchy and ended up with two songs featured on the program.
Now based in Nashville, Jeff continues to tour and share his stories with the ever-growing audience that he has collected for over a decade, offering up a sort of mirror so that it might better see itself.
Straight up Country – No Chaser.
Seattle’s Outlaw Country Queen Darci Carlson is a high energy, non-sense Singer-Songwriter from Seattle, WA, with a decade long presence in the PNW music scene. This DIY firecracker of a frontwoman has performed around the US and beyond as a country artist and as a lead guitar player for her all-girl punk rock band The Dolly Rottens and a co-fronting Bassist and Singer for ‘Weird Western Cowboy Band’ Brent Amaker Deathsquad. Darci is also known for her involvement as a model and actress with the ZZTop crew from 2012-2015 on the “Gang of Outlaws Tour” as the sassy pistol packin’ vixen “The Girl”.
Darci delivers a true country performance of foot-stompin’ originals and classic country favourites drenched in hardcore twang. This isn’t Punk Country or a vanity act. This is a no non-sense, throwback, true country affair.
A natural storyteller, her songs highlight tales of her truth, youth, and lawless adventures, no matter how ‘wild, reckless & crazy’. Her smokey sweet lived-in voice, reminiscent of the aftertaste of a shot of whiskey, has been compared to other leading ladies in the Country and Rock Genres such as Bonnie Raitt, Tammy Wynette Patty Loveless, Miranda Lambert, and Courtney Love.
She is recognised for her devotion to Roots-Americana and renouncing the “pop country” sound. She is a 3-time nominee and 2017 Outlaw Female of The Year with Honky Tonk Hero Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Music Awards out of Austin, Texas and Memphis, Tennessee.
“If there was ever a personification of the ladies canonized in Hank Williams Jr.’s self-penned tune “Outlaw Women” from Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound, it would be Darci Carlson.” – Saving Country Music.