Lincoln Crockett | Angels & Devils Alike

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Angels & Devils Alike

by Lincoln Crockett

Excellent full-length debut solo disk from Cross-eyed Rosie singer/songwriter. Deftly picked acoustic songs with near-jazz melodies and flowing, conscious lyrics that have a spiritual flavor specific to no genre. Deep, powerful and stunningly musical.
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1. Sawdust Settler
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2. Gone Away
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3. Psychopaths
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4. Nothing Makes Me Feel Good
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5. Open Wide
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6. When Will You Come Home
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7. Maybe Souls
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8. Abraham's Lament
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9. I Begin Dreaming
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10. Feels So Good
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11. Believing
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12. If You Don't Love Me By Now
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Lincoln Crockett is a healer. A young man with a knack for soothing harmonies and bluegrassy picking, Crockett cut his chops as singer, songwriter and mandolin player for Cross-eyed Rosie, and has helped turn this popular Portland, Oregon five-piece into the Northwest's premier progressive bluegrass band.

On September 21, 2007 this mandolinist/guitarist/musical alchemist stepped forward from his many group projects and released "Angels & Devils Alike," his first full-length album. The release show was held at Portland's unparalleled Mississippi Studios and sold out hours before the doors opened. After years spent playing the Northwest and the West Coast as a supporting cast member for Cross-eyed Rosie, The Josh Cole Band and Caravan Gogh, "Angels & Devils Alike" reveals the depth, power and stunning musicality of Lincoln's own work. Portland's Willamette Week called it "gorgeous" and The Oregonian said it "radiates all that's good about the progressive side of bluegrass."

"Angels & Devils Alike" is sparse and spare in its arrangements, allowing for Lincoln's inspiring lyrics, delicate vocal harmonies and guitar/mandolin interplay to shine. The flavor of the music is not bluegrass or newgrass, nor is it pop or folk. Lincoln artfully blends texture and style into soothing, healing acoustic music. The end result is a seamless, fluid acoustic sound that grooves as it soothes, with a spiritual flavor specific to no genre.

After giving years of his life to travel, adventure and the study of advanced energy healing, Lincoln dropped it all to do music. Inspired as a child by rock and roll like Led Zeppelin and Nirvana, Lincoln channeled his chops into songwriting and acoustic music. While leading outdoor adventure trips for kids in Colorado, Lincoln developed the sound that now became his signature: deftly picked acoustic songs with near-jazz melodies and flowing, conscious lyrics. A move to Portland, Oregon led to his induction into Cross-eyed Rosie as mandolin player, vocalist and songwriter. Surrounded by accomplished musicians, Lincoln's rudimentary mandolin playing improved quickly, becoming an essential element of his own music. Cross-eyed Rosie's busy touring schedule and high-profile bookings schooled Lincoln in the art of performing. With them, Lincoln has played packed shows from Seattle to San Francisco and festivals such as Wintergrass, Telluride, String Summit and River City Bluegrass.

Lincoln's lofty sense of purpose sets him apart from the crowd, as does his musicianship and the tremendous diversity of his sound. Being an acoustic guitarist and mandolin player recording without a rhythm section, it would be easy to brand Lincoln an Americana artist. One listen to his work and the truth is apparent: Lincoln's modulating melodies, advanced harmonies and offbeat compositional techniques are much more than folk music. Equally inspired by world music and Nashville crispness, Lincoln's songs portray a sensibility that would suit either. Within a single song he con conjure Bill Monroe, Béla Fleck, George Harrison and Jack Johnson.

Lincoln recently opened for Phish’s Page McConnell at Portland’s Aladdin Theater and has already placed his popular song ‘Sawdust Settler’ on a compilation benefiting the Salmon Nation Project. He continues to gig with all of his band projects, and has begun devoting time to Robb&Crockett, a duo formed with Portland singer/songrocker Jimmy Robb. Lincoln is looking forward to touring in support of the new album, a significant press campaign and continuing his course as a successful independent musician.


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Don Campbell

special to the Oregonian
There's nothing wrong with old-school, but the real fun comes with those who push envelopes. As with blues, jazz, even country and rock 'n' roll, those who bring something new to the party help propel genres to higher levels.

Such is the case with Lincoln Crockett, a young lion on the Portland bluegrass scene. A regular in Cross-Eyed Rosie, the Josh Cole Band and Caravan Gogh, Crockett has released a new solo project that radiates all that's good about the progressive side of bluegrass. A sterling mandolin picker, guitarist and compelling singer, he has produced a 12-song piece of work that might have traditionalists scratching their heads, but new-grassers will gravitate to it like moths to a porch light.

It will be hard to avoid comparisons to Nickel Creek's Chris Thile, but that might be more happenstance than anything stylistically plagiaristic. Crockett owns the requisite high-and-lonesome voice -- plaintive, achingly bittersweet and clear as creekwater, without a hint of vibrato -- and he's not afraid to use it. Like Thile, he's fearless and playful, but can clearly stand on his own.

He is also a fiery player who slashes his custom twin-point mandolin when called for, but who displays a feather-light touch on the tender tunes. Crockett has a predilection for more complex chording, and he lets that predilection shine throughout this largely original effort.

Though his playing can be a shade on the outside (in a good way), he doesn't stray far enough from his bluegrass roots to do damage to the form. This is bluegrass, but squeezed through the soul of a youngster. You'll hear all his influences -- folk, rock, pop, funk -- but he's found a way to gather them up under the bluegrass mantle and produce something as pleasant as a long summer day.

Julian Catchen

all there
Beautiful mandolin. Beautiful voice. Great songs. Saw him over the Summer in Portland at the Aladdin. This album captures his sound well -- looking forward to seeing him live again.

John Chandler

review in Portland Monthly Magazine
It takes a fair amount of charm, chops and chutzpa to hold our attention with a minimal musical palette, but mandolin wrangler Lincoln Crockett, from local bluegrass outfit Cross-eyed Rosie, manages to do so on his album Angels & Devils Alike (www.lincolncrockett.com). Armed with just a mandolin, an acoustic guitar and a supple voice, Crockett conducts us on a folksy tour of his mood swings, from glum (“Nothing Makes Me Feel Good”) to glad (“Feels So Good”), and for the most part it’s a bump-free and tuneful trip.