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Joe Crookston
Songwriter, Performer, Artist, Facilitator & Producer
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Joe Crookston … From Ithaca, NY…
Artist, writer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer guitar player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. You’ll be pulled in by the magic and musical world that he creates and you’ll end up in the moment, celebrating together with the rest... more

Joe Crookston
Songwriter, Performer, Artist, Facilitator & Producer
BIOGRAPHY

Joe Crookston … From Ithaca, NY…
Artist, writer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer guitar player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. You’ll be pulled in by the magic and musical world that he creates and you’ll end up in the moment, celebrating together with the rest of the audience. He’ll sing to you ~ You’ll sing with him…His music embraces the universal, connects us, is masterful and downright fun.
Come to a show. You’ll travel with him along mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through personal stories along the way. Amber eyes, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, Grandmother Moons and silver crowns. At the end of the night, you’ll likely leave inspired, taking home a renewed sense of what’s possible. In Irish culture, there is phrase called the “The Long Note” ~ “The Long Note” is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite…There IS a “Long Note” and Joe is courting it and always reaching for it.
From the first strum of his 1948 Gibson, through stories of ruby red dresses, Tinian Island, Dylan Thomas, Taoist parables and drunken roosters you’ll be drawn in and deeply moved by his music. It happens every time. Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to the show.
Through his spirit and playfulness and his unwavering courage to be himself, you will be moved in ways you didn’t expect. He is literate, poignant and funny as hell.
No doubt you’ll be glad you came.

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In April Joe released his fourth recording, “Georgia I’m Here.” 12 songs, beautifully crafted sonic sculptures and landscapes. As a listener you are not just an observer, you are IN the song. You ARE the window washer on the 42nd floor. Joe believes in creating the world we want, and he is reaching towards the sublime, both cruel and beautiful.
Joe’s song “Blue Tattoo” is the inspiration for “Blue Tattoo,” a documentary film that relates how Crookston and Holocaust survivor Dina Jacobson of Elmira, NY came together to form a unique friendship with a common sense of purpose. The documentary recently premiered at the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival.
The new upcoming volume of Rise Up Singing will include three of Joe’s songs. Fall Down as the Rain, Good Luck John and Bird by Bird, along with 1200 other songs, will be printed and become part of the canon of American Folk Music.

Joe’s CD, “Able Baker Charlie & Dog” received the most airplay of any folk acoustic recording and was awarded:
“Album of the Year” by the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN.

He recently signed to Tamulevich Artist Management with fellow songwriters, John Gorka, Red Horse, and Peter Yarrow.

He received a year-long songwriting grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to travel throughout New York State, collect stories, and write original songs.

His favorite quote about his music is:
“I hate folk music, but I absolutely LOVE Joe Crookston’s music!”

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But, for Joe, it’s less about awards and quotes, and it’s more about this:
“I am learning to trust that my voice as a songwriter is a combination of my conscious and unconscious mind. More and more I find that when I tell my story from both of these realms, it has wider breadth, deeper impact, and resonates more clearly.
After years of creating, I do feel as though I've honed a way of writing and performing that has identifiable themes and expresses my quirky uniqueness.
There is a Georgia O'Keeffe quote that I love, and I'm paraphrasing: "The parts of ourselves that we are most self-conscious of, are the parts of ourselves that are most uniquely true to who we are!"
I see my job as an artist to have the confidence to sing, play and perform from this deep/true place inside of myself despite what is hip and cool at the moment.”
I have been remembering this quote by Woody Guthrie: "A SONG has to be more than GOOD.....it has to be GOOD for SOMETHING." When my songs are played at births, funerals, Quaker retreats, grade school history classes, weddings, and are being placed in museum exhibits and films...I feel like I'm making Woody proud.
-Joe Crookston
WWW.JOECROOKSTON.COM

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