Anthony Crawford - Although born in Birmingham Alabama, Nashville became home to Anthony, where he performed live at Opryland, toured with the Sonny James Band, and appeared on television’s Hee Haw and The Ralph Emery Show. He caught the eye of many in Nashville including Rounder Records and Little Dog Records. After traveling throughout the Southeast playing various string instruments, his opportunities expanded to include tours with Neil Young. In between tours with Young backing bands The Shocking Pinks, International Harvesters, and Electric Band, Anthony also toured with Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, the Pegi Young Band, Nicolette Larson, and Blackhawk. Through long tours and many shows, Neil Young has taken full advantage of Anthony’s skills onstage.
A prolific songwriter, Crawford has over four hundred songs to his credit, many recorded by artists including Steve Winwood, Pegi Young, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sawyer Brown, Billy Burnett, and Lorrie Morgan.Anthony’s solo career has been productive as well, recording several albums. His solo efforts include a self-titled debut album, Radio Cafe, and his latest, Five Is Red—his strongest solo accomplishment to date. The collaborative album was recorded with Everest and Bo Koster from My Morning Jacket.
Anthony’s known in the industry as both a multi-instrumental musical prodigy, gifted photographer, and talented videographer. His photo is on the cover of Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams II, and his photography has been shown at various museums throughout California. Anthony’s recent rockumentary On the Road with a Rock Star captures day-to-day life with Neil Young and the gang as well as internal thoughts and views while on the road.
Living on Alabama’s Gulf Coast with wife/singing partner Savana Lee, they created Sugarcane Jane in 2009 and tour the southeast. Anthony opened his recording studio Admiral Bean in 2010, and has been busy recording artists from around the country. Crawford says south Alabama is “a great place to land,” as he looks out over pasture and into the woods of his backyard.
Savana Lee - Savana was raised along Alabama’s Gulf Coast and has been a talented artist and musician since she was a young girl. She spent her teen years singing and playing percussion with a local band from her hometown in Baldwin County while honing her visual art talents with pen and ink, scratchboard, and pencil drawings. After high school, Savana moved to New Orleans, playing music in the downtown clubs of NOLA and Slidell. Expanding her outlook and living the dream, “laissez les bons temps rouler.” “I had a great time….I was 21 years old and loving my independence and freedom. New Orleans is a city with a pulse that I love.” In 1999 Savana decided to take her vocal skills to the next level and moved to Nashville.
In Music City Savana befriended Loretta’s Lynn’s sound engineer, Tim Townsend and began her Nashville recordings; six songs titled Untamed, recorded with Loretta Lynn’s touring band. The songs were never officially released but Townsend was so impressed that he played Savana’s songs for the crowd before all of Loretta Lynn’s concerts throughout the United States (1999).
In January of 2000 while living in Nashville, she spent time writing and performing at the world renowned Bluebird Cafe, Broken Spoke, Douglas Corner, the Boardwalk, and other popular writer’s hangouts. Savana’s dreams of being an artist led to her co-owning and managing a well-respected vintage analog studio in Nashville, TN called Deepfield Studio.
Savana’s studio recorded many major label artists, including Lucinda Williams whose work there was nominated for a Grammy for her recording on the Hank Williams Tribute Album ‘Cold Cold Heart’, Rodney Crowell, Bruce Cockburn You’ve Never Seen Everything, Emmylou Harris, Terri Clark, Lee Anne Womack, Jack Ingram, Keb Mo, Colin Linden, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and eventually, Anthony Crawford.
Savana met Anthony Crawford while he was recording his own tracks at Deepfield Studio. He recruited her to sing a few demos for him and they began an everlasting friendship and brotherhood. “I was an immediate fan of Anthony’s writing and musicianship. I fell in love with him as an artist and then as a human being. He is an amazing person and my soul mate. I am so lucky to be his wife.” Creating harmonies typically heard only from siblings the two decided to record their first album together, Redbird.
Redbird, a truly collaborative effort in every sense of the word, includes Anthony's backing vocals and multi-instrumentation along with Savana singing lead, now presents itself as the first actual Sugarcane Jane album, although they did not know it at the time. The music, as well as family and a budding romance led them back home to the Gulf Coast forming the popular band, Sugarcane Jane in January of 2009. They recently celebrated the birth of their son, Levon Cash, and share a beautiful daughter, Loretta Raine, who was the inspiration for their latest album, Listen with Headphones.
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