I've always enjoyed creating extreme makeovers of vernacular music - part of the history of what I call "The ongoing tradition of the perpetual transition of Folk". From my readings of Thelonious Monk to The Monkees, Michael Jackson to Django Reinhardt, Lester Flatt to Lester Young as well as traditional folk melodies and songs of the Americas, the Carribbean and British Isles, I love how a musical idea can be presented in so many ways.

This recording, on the other hand, is a reflection of my desire to celebrate the individual writing and collective arranging of the four colleagues - and friends - who have comprised The Joe Craven Trio over the years. The resulting process revealed deeper creative places and connections that we all have made within ourselves, and each other, for which I'm grateful. We hope you dig.

-Joe Craven

Joe and the JCT thank Steve O'Neill for the professional, courteous and generous contributions that were provided in making this recording a reality for us.

Recorded, Mixed, Mastered by Steve O'Neill at Foxtail Sound Recording Studio in Dixon, CA (
Produced by Joe Craven.
All arrangements by the JCT.
Artwork by Cody Craven.
Photography by Pamella Craven.

The Joe Craven Trio is:
John R. Burr - Keyboards, Key Bass - is one of the most lyrical piano players in the landscape of eclectic American vernacular music today.
Rich Kuhns - Accordion - like John R., is simultaneously "bassist" and piano player of the JCT. Rich's work on the keyboard accordion informs his vibrant cross-cultural compositions and the bold stroke he has left on this recording.
Kendrick Freeman - Drum Set, Percussion, Vocals - honors his deep appreciation of Haitian drumming and culture. "The Secret Moon" reflects his experience of the 2010 Earthquake of Haiti during Kendrick's first trip to that country.
Joe Craven - Mandolin, Fiddle, Percussion and Theater - award-winning arts activist, creativity educator, music camp and academy director, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, festival emcee, motivational speaker and all around character.

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CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 Up With The Crackadons (Burr)
2 Forrocious (Kuhns)
3 Get Off It! (Kraven)
4 Lil Pixie's (Burr)
5 Monkey Biz (Freeman)
6 Sofrito (Craven)
7 Sloppy D (Kuhns)
8 The Bucket of Stones (Freeman)
9 The Secret Moon (Freeman)
10 The Crooked Men (Craven)