THE BELIEVERS sophomore album Crashyertown was released in April 2005 to critical acclaim and spent 16 straight weeks in the top 20 of the Americana Music Association chart.
More acclaim followed overseas when Crashyertown hit #1 on the Euro-Americana chart - being chosen as album of the week on many BBC shows including the legendary Bob Harris Country Program.
Back in the States THE BELIEVERS hopped in their vintage Serro Scotty trailer and began a North American tour that would span 15 months. Taking them from the Gulf, East & West Coasts, Mid West, Canada & Alaska.- sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Buddy Miller to Buddy Guy . . . Jim Lauderdale to Rickie Lee Jones.
A six week tour of Europe followed. Sold out venues and a Brittish press buzz made international rock stars of the relatively unknown duo of Craig Aspen & Cynthia Frazzini.
Before THE BELIEVERS, Craig Aspen was vagabond songwriter. He didn't start a full time music career til getting clean & sober at age 35 and describes his prior life as something that make even Steve Earle blush. Enough said. Cynthia was a veteran of the Seattle rock scene and a personal chef. Bill Gates & Paul Allen were among her client list. Magic was born from the very first song they sang together, the Gram Parsons classic, "Hickory Wind". Aftr that initial meeting, the pair went on to record their first album, 2002's self released, "Row".
Reminiscent of a young Linda Rondstadt and a twangy Elvis Costello - their voices blend together like the Louvin Brothers on fire. Their music will swing, sing, lament, honky-tonk, bluegrass and rock you right in to their own little world...
"The Believers make the sound of American Gothic meets Amazing Grace."
- Steve Stav, Ballard News Tribune (Seattle)
"Crashyertown is great. Everything about it." - Buddy Miller
"The Believers new album, Crashyertown, straddles the last two cities in which they've lived. Produced by Steve Adamek in Everett, Wash., and mastered by Ray Kennedy in Nashville, Crashyertown has West Coast swagger without the amateurish arrangements that sometimes hamper alt-country bands, and it has Music City tightness without the lyrical or musical gloss." - Nashville Scene
"Craig Aspen and Cynthia Frazzini - the restless spirits behind the Believers - display a sharp eye for life on the other side of the tracks, elevating their music out of the ordinary". - No Depression
"This is just about as good as it gets in the modern country / Americana domain. The voices of Craig Aspen and Cynthia Frazzini blend perfectly, a match made in heaven, indeed". - Americana UK
"Crashyertown holds some of the richest arrangements the Alt-country genre's seen in a dawn's age".
- John D. Luerssen, All Music Guide
"Draw a line from Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris to Whiskeytown's Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary, extrapolate just a tad, and you'll find yerself in the vintage travel trailer of The Believers' Craig Aspen and Cynthia Frazzini. Both singers are distinctive and memorable as they swap lead vocals, and when they harmonize, it's strictly goose-bump city". - Jim Musser, GoIowaCity.com