Crowsong is pleased to present Western, the much anticipated follow up recording to the critically acclaimed Dark Comes Light, the critic's choice for the Bay Area's top 10 independent releases of 1999 (sfgate.com). Western expands the composition of the previous Crowsong recording, adding vocal tracks to create a richly textured and deeply emotional sound. At the center of Randy's expression is a blend of styles. Though rooted in the blues, his playing relies heavily on Indian classical music, rock, and jazz. His lead is complimented by the propulsive drumming of Dave Kaufman. Joshua Zucker's steady bass playing completes the sound. Crowsong owes it's unique style and drive to the diverse backgrounds of it's members. Each of the members has been active in various musical settings in the San Francisco Bay area. ------- Randy Clark: guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals Joshua Zucker: bass, vocals Dave Kaufman: drums vocals When he's not busy playing with Crowsong, Randy Clark has picked and strummed with some great San Francisco bands. He joined Jim Thomas for a stint in the Mermen, and played with the Billy Nayer Show at the Sun Dance Film Festival. His noisy film score work has been featured in trailers for the San Francisco and Chicago independent film festivals, as well as a host of other twisted films. He's taught hundreds of people to play music in the basement of Haight Ashbury Music and at the Blue Bear School of American Music. Randy has also written an instructional book (The Alternative Guitar Chord Book, 1996), and a series of columns for Guitar Player magazine. He's studied music in India and holds a Jazz Studies degree from Ithaca College. After seeing Martin Simpson play slide guitar 'about a hundred times(!),' Randy has emerged as a force in modern guitar playing. Joshua Zucker plays regularly with Kenni Leigh Feinberg, Garrin Benfield, and Tony Perez & Second Hand Smoke. Past projects include collaborations with Dr. Morbius, Gakk, Matt Forsythe & Van Cougar, Alex Skolnick and Tom Ross as well as commissioned work for the Tisch School of the arts at NYU.