Founded in San Francisco in 1996, old-time string band The Crooked Jades have won acclaim for their energetic and occasionally hypnotic original and traditional acoustic music. Dubbed “the finest string band in America” by the Boston Herald, The Crooked Jades released six albums between 2000 and 2008, and played choice venues and festivals in the US and Europe. After a quieter period, the quintet released “Empathy Moves the Water,” their first album of new music in 10 years, in November. The Crooked Jades will return to The Palms Playhouse on Friday, March 1 for the first time in many years. Tickets for the 8 p.m. are $22 ($18 students). With music that speaks to the wide seas, distant mountains, and vast complexity of the soul, The Crooked Jades’ new release “Empathy Moves the Water” emphasizes the lonesome in “high lonesome” music. The band’s old-time roots reflect the cultural mélange and longing in the shadows of America. The album ranges from haunting ballads punctuated by hypnotic fiddles that express digital isolation and humanity lost in a rapidly-changing land to the high-energy revival songs inspired by early rural gospel blues. Reaffirming their reputation as an innovative old-time string band surprisingly close in spirit to Tom Waits and Nick Cave, The Crooked Jades create a unique and soulful modern sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa. Recorded at Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios, “Empathy Moves the Water” features the band’s signature mix of inspired re-arrangements of rare and obscure old-time gems and moving original compositions, all played on vintage and eclectic instruments including Hawaiian slide, Vietnamese jaw harp, harmonium, ukulele, banjo, ukulele, arco bass and banjo. The band’s current line-up – Jeff Kazor (vocals, guitar, ukulele), Lisa Berman (vocals, slide guitar, banjo, harmonium), Erik Pearson (vocals, banjos, ukulele, harmonium, slide guitar), Emily Mann (fiddle) and Megan Adie (bass) – builds on 24 years of The Crooked Jades performances and recordings. The quintet has traveled countless miles across five continents and 10 countries, played many festivals and released nine previous critically-acclaimed albums, including “World’s On Fire” (chosen by Sean Penn for the soundtrack of Oscar-nominated film “Into The Wild”), “Seven Sisters: A Kentucky Portrait” (the soundtrack to the award-winning PBS documentary of the same name). In 2012, the band broke new ground with “Bright Land,” a collaboration with the critically-acclaimed New York modern dance group Kate Weare Company. This unprecedented partnership of modern dance paired with old-time music dramatizes the cyclical nature of human experience with piercing powerful choreography and music to match. Kazor and Weare are currently reviving and evolving Bright Land in San Francisco for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in March. The Crooked Jades continue their mission to move old-time music out of segregation and show its relevance in modern times. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and crookedjades.com. Listen to their song “Wade in the Water” here.]]>
The Crooked Jades bring old-time "Empathy" to The Palms on Friday, March 1
The Crooked Jades will return to The Palms Playhouse on Friday, March 1 for the first time in many years.