Sugarcane Jane, otherwise known as Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee from L.A. (Loxley, Alabama)— have been Americana’s go-to husband-wife duo from Alabama’s Gulf Coast for over a decade. Between them, they have amassed a rich musical heritage working with such notables as Neil Young, Steve Winwood, and Dwight Yoakam. The music they make together is simple and direct, rooted in country and rock, and anchored by their sweet and soulful harmonies.
After a request from Dwight Yoakam to put a backing band behind them and join his Fall 2019 Northeast Tour as support act, they welcome longtime friends, The Bucket Fillers, to their ensemble - a staggering and undeniable amount of talent now charges the stage - Pete Nice on pedal steel, lap steel, and mandolin, Leif Bondarenko on drums, and Gary Edmonds on electric guitar, all hailing out of Birmingham, Alabama.
“It's like they're carriers of an old-soul strain of tent-revival folk, come to show the Americana kids how to really kick up some dust.” - al.com
While touring the country, a chance house concert in Shreveport, Louisiana led to a LIVE recording and the first album with the Bucket Filler band titled LIVE. This 12-song release may best be described as rockabilly tinged with country flair, driven with rock and roll intensity. If it were a ride at the fair, you might find yourself not wishing it would ever end. The album revisits tracks from previous releases; Southern State of Mind, Ladders and Edges, Dirt Road's End, as well as uncovering some unkown treasures, like the enchanting Silver Stars and the solemn mountainous song, LIttle Coal. With the driving power and intensity of the full band, Sugarcane Jane has reached a new plateau, even topping their previous accolades of sound. The album ends with drummer, Leif Bondarenko singing Folsom Prison Blues, and it’s as if the Man in Black has reincarnated himself right there in front of you.
“An album that deserves to be at the top of critics’ lists” - The Washington Times
Recorded by Steve Sullivan at Fairfield Studios, Mixed and Mastered by Anthony Crawford at Admiral Bean Studio. Official release date of November 1, 2019 by Admiral Bean Records.