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Sugarcane Jane

It was an early Sunday morning and newsstands all over Australia were filled with The Sydney Herald. A huge color photograph was splashed across its front page. The photo had been taken inside the Sydney Opera House during a concert the evening before. The image was of three guys, each playing a guitar, and all three leaning in to a single microphone: Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Anthony Crawford.

Anthony is a songwriter of rare talent and an acknowledged prodigy on the guitar. He has had more than four-hundred songs published including hits for Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Dwight Yoakam, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Having toured the world with Neil Young, Gill, Yoakam, Winwood, his own band “Blackhawk”—even playing with Paul McCartney onstage at Hyde Park–Anthony has finally settled on the Gulf Coast with the woman of his dreams.

A former session artist in Nashville, Savana Lee sings with the voice of an angel while deftly applying her skills to the ukulele, bass, and rhythm guitar. It was at the famous Deepfield Studio where she and Anthony first met. Ten years later, they were married.

Today, the husband and wife duo–performing as Sugarcane Jane–has amassed an extremely loyal following by producing some of the freshest vocal harmonies heard in decades. Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford create what they proudly call “Organic Music.” Rich, homegrown, and natural, their brand of Americana draws from a deep well of roots influences, interwoven with inflections of gospel, country, jazz, and rock.

As a sidenote, Sugarcane Jane wrote, produced, and performed “The Noticer Theme” heard in almost 100 countries each week on Andy Andrews’ podcast, The Professional Noticer. And now, they have written, produced and performed two songs for Wisdom Harbour.

Sugarcane Jane

 

It was an early Sunday morning and newsstands all over Australia were filled with The Sydney Herald. A huge color photograph was splashed across its front page. The photo had been taken inside the Sydney Opera House during a concert the evening before. The image was of three guys, each playing a guitar, and all three leaning in to a single microphone: Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Anthony Crawford.

Anthony is a songwriter of rare talent and an acknowledged prodigy on the guitar. He has had more than four-hundred songs published including hits for Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Dwight Yoakam, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Having toured the world with Neil Young, Gill, Yoakam, Winwood, his own band “Blackhawk”—even playing with Paul McCartney onstage at Hyde Park–Anthony has finally settled on the Gulf Coast with the woman of his dreams.

A former session artist in Nashville, Savana Lee sings with the voice of an angel while deftly applying her skills to the ukulele, bass, and rhythm guitar. It was at the famous Deepfield Studio where she and Anthony first met. Ten years later, they were married.

Today, the husband and wife duo–performing as Sugarcane Jane–has amassed an extremely loyal following by producing some of the freshest vocal harmonies heard in decades. Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford create what they proudly call “Organic Music.” Rich, homegrown, and natural, their brand of Americana draws from a deep well of roots influences, interwoven with inflections of gospel, country, jazz, and rock.

As a sidenote, Sugarcane Jane wrote, produced, and performed “The Noticer Theme” heard in almost 100 countries each week on Andy Andrews’ podcast, The Professional Noticer. And now, they have written, produced and performed two songs for Wisdom Harbour.

Southern State of Mind

Savana was born and raised in Loxley, Alabama overlooking fields and timberland her ancestors had claimed and cleared generations before. In a beautiful, white sprawling house set alone in a forest of planted pines, the little girl with the big voice grew up in a peaceful place around friends and family and with horses to ride.

To hear Anthony tell of his early childhood, he was raised in the slums of Mountain Brook!  Of course, to get the joke, you’d have to know that Mountain Brook is the wealthiest town in the state of Alabama. But even as a child, Anthony was more interested in the thoughts and feelings of people everywhere, no matter where they lived, no matter the size of their houses.  He was interested in his guitar and the chords he might invent to capture the mood of a place and the folks who called it “home”.

The words came later–after the music– as they often did.  He was not writing about a transitory feeling. No, he wanted to trigger mental images of the essence of a place.  Anthony was determined to bring more than a feeling to the listener. He wanted to evoke a state of mind…a southern state of mind.

Cabin on the Hill

When Anthony wrote Cabin on the Hill, it was with the same tongue-in-cheek he had written one of Sugarcane Jane’s biggest hits, Pedigree. Both songs poke fun at the “family he never had”. Still, for a long time, Anthony’s mother made certain that everyone around knew for sure that she never had a beehive hairdo and was not the “biscuit queen” at a truckstop , she never had a brother who ran a still, and her mother was not an addict!

And while it is true that Anthony’s mom never really liked Cabin on the Hill, now that you know its background…you will like it even more!

Let It Heal

The idea for “Let It Heal” began years ago with the memory of a dark night at a friend’s lake house. While staring into the flames of a campfire and purposefully releasing his grip on negative thoughts, Anthony Crawford realized he had created space in his life for more positive things.  That moment inspired this unique song about taking control of your wandering mind and banishing the woes of today in order to make room for the good stuff of tomorrow.

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