Jon & Rita play in a bluegrass/Americana band called The Crooked North. Catch them duo together at FOLK City Saturday, February 17th from 7:45pm-8:30pm.
Some words from Jon:
“I wrote my first song when I was about 12 years old. It was terrible. I’m pretty sure I accidentally lifted the title from a late-night infomercial product name.
I kept at it, though. After a long time I had enough songs to play an actual public gig. Then make a record. Then another one. For a while I thought “songwriter” might even actually become my profession. People actually wrote about my music in real, printed publications you could pick up and read.
The highlight for me was when No Depression printed a good review of my record. In its second-to-last print issue, I believe. That made me feel really proud. I was 25 years old.
Life took me down a different road than I anticipated in those days. Several roads, actually. Now I’m a husband and a dad and I have a real job, mortgage, all that. I was pretty quiet for a while, but I was always writing, always playing. And I’m still at it today.”
Rita draws influenced from Aimee Mann, Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welch, and Anais Mitchell. Rita’s vocal range runs from edgy to folky and commands on stage.
You can check out their band, The Crooked North here: https://www.thecrookednorth.com/
Listen to their tune “I can’t get enough” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXSMnIxugy8
Or check out their Rochester Indie Musician Spotlight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztd4Tz35y_I