Title - 'Dirt Road's End'
Artist - Sugarcane Jane
Sugarcane Jane, the Alabama Gulf Coast-based duo, will release their new studio album, Dirt Road’s End via Cason’s ArenA Recordings / eOne Entertainment on April 28th, 2015.
Conceived and co-produced with legendary Americana/Roots singer-songwriter Buzz Cason, Sugarcane Jane aka Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford bring us the organic music follow-up to 2012's Listen With Headphones. You may not have heard of the before, and that's quite alright to admit. But one listen to Dirt Road’s End will have you hitting repeat; of that I can promise you.
Savana has a particularly lovely voice, and Anthony can play anybody under the table on anything with strings, it has to be said. Indeed, every move these two make, whether as SugarCane Jane or as a part of the Americana group from Lower Alabama, Willie SugarCapps, they seemingly can not put a musical foot wrong.
For those not in the know, multi-instrumentalist Anthony Crawford is known in most circles as a sideman to the stars. Over the course of the last 25 years, he has performed with Neil Young, Sonny James, Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, and Rodney Cromwell, and has written / co-written songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Steve Winwood, Pegi Young, Lee Greenwood, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to name a few. Yet, even with his history of working with heavyweights, Crawford feels Sugarcane Jane – his musical venture with multi-instrumentalist wife Savana Lee Crawford - is his life’s calling.
Dirt Road’s End opens with the autobiographical 'Ballad of Sugarcane Jane,' a track that is not only the longest on the new album at just over five minutes, but is - for my money - also one of the true highlights of this delightful recording. Combining all forms of instruments, it's the harmonica that drives this little puppy across the line, for sure. 'The Game' is next, a bass drum, poor boy slice of organic blues, the storytelling lush of 'San Andreas' follows, and then come both the mid tempo 'Home Nights' and the stomp box, New Orleans-inspired hillbilly appeal of 'Louisiana.'
'Pedigree' tells the (possibly true) story of Papa Crawford and his Cadillac Sedan de Ville, that "had one yellow door and was missing a grill", before the only song, to my ears, that finally allows Savana's vocals to come to the fore, 'Heartbreak Road.' The bluegrass banjo appeal of 'Not Another Truck Song' is next, and then the album comes to a close with the 70's-sounding 'Sugar,' and then the euphoric gospel-tinged 'Glory Bound.'
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