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November 4th, 2009
Crooked Still to play at Texas State

Crooked Still, whose music has been featured on “True Blood,” will play a free concert at Texas State on Saturday.


The quirky alternative bluegrass band, Crooked Still, will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Glade Outdoor Theatre on the Texas State campus. The show is part of the Jerry and Cathy Supple Folk Music Series. Admission is free.

Crooked Still’s music has been prominently featured on the Emmy-Award-winning HBO series, True Blood. The show is adapted from Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries. Crooked Still has had huge exposure due to its work being used on the show. True Blood is also the only television-based DVD in the 2009 list of 50 top selling DVDs.

Alums of such notable universities as MIT, the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, the members of Crooked Still bring new dimensions to traditional blue grass and folk songs. The intriguing mix of cello, fiddle and banjo create lively and interesting textures.

Crooked Still’s lead singer, Aoife O’Donovan, has a surprising strength in her bone china vocals. Her tone is complemented by fiddle player Brittany Haas, the banjo of Dr. Gregory Liszt, cellist Tristan Clarridge and double bass player Corey DiMario.

“It’s hard to pin down our music,” Corey DiMario said on the band’s website. “We play improvised old time music, bluegrass, folk and our own songs within the broad context of a string band. Like a lot of today’s bands, we have modern and traditional influences that confuse the boundaries. We want to keep blurring those lines to make something all our own.”

Crooked Still has three releases out on indie label Signature Sounds, “Hop High” (2005), “Shaken By a Low Sound” (2006), “Still Crooked” (2008).

In the event of rain, Evans Auditorium will be the alternate venue. For more information, visit the Encore Series website at, or contact the events coordinator at (512) 245-3501.

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