Chad Crumm (Ithaca, NY), has just released a solo CD of new songs and instrumentals called, 'Swimming Hole'. The project was recorded at Chad's own studio (the Music Tank), a 1200 square ft. Renovated barn located just outside of Trumansburg, New York. The material is a departure from any previous recorded effort by Chad. 'Swimming Hole' makes ample use of ambient noise, software synths, samplers, static loops, pitch shifting, usual and unusual acoustic resources and today's state of the art studio technology. Despite a busy patchwork of tonal color, rhythm and lyrics, the arrangments are refined, and unfold from first song to last with ease.The end result is a strange but cohesive set of beautiful songs . Primarily known as a fiddle player, Crumm's 'Swimming Hole' highlights his other abilities such as guitar playing, spoken word technique, lyric writing and engineering/production skills. Chad's previous releases as an instrumentalist and songwriter include 2 records on Rounder from the 80's with the Chicken Chokers, 2 CD's on Tritone with the Hix from the 90's and numerous anthologies. He has written numerous pieces for theatre, film, dance and concert stage including,'Pink Angels' a concerto for double-barrel shotgun and orchestra. His engineering/production credits include the Old Crow Medicine Show (Eutaw), singer songwriter Jennie Stearns (Sing Desire), the Lonesome Sisters (The Lonesome Sisters) and many others. CD cover and booklet art by Nib Geebles.
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