Jeff Crosby // “Laramie” (Nov 15)
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, Wide Spread 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. New single “Laramie” is just a taste of what’s to come, including a new LP scheduled for release in 2020. Stay tuned for more.