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From the first strum of his 1948 Gibson, through stories of ruby red dresses, Tinian Island, Dylan Thomas, Taoist parables and drunken roosters he draws us in, mesmerizing us with his passion and musical storytelling - and by the way, his stunning visual artwork.
Literate, poignant and funny as hell, his spirit and playfulness and his unwavering courage to be himself moves us and
creates a magical, warm, fascinating encounter with an imagination that seems endless.
In case you're wondering, he was born and raised in rural Ohio, his roots Hungarian: polkas - Eastern European food - a little bit of Gypsy soul...
His music has been recorded and performed by Irish harpers, a cappella gospel choirs, and numerous national
and international performers. He has released four critically acclaimed CDs; his Able Baker Charlie & Dog
received the most airplay of any folk acoustic recording that year, and was awarded "Album of the Year" by International Folk Alliance in Memphis.
Whether its his hypnotic guitar sound, bubbling banjo or short story lyrics, he draws from his urban adventures and rural Ohio roots to exude a remarkable timelessness. If you love a moving song and musical madness, Crookston delivers it all, the melodies, the lyrics, the energy, and deep love for his work.