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Jeremy at Sleeping Bag Studios says...

 

The Crossing Crew – “Modern, Retro, Vintage, – who cares” – I gotta say, I’m loving this description that came along with this record, and of course, I couldn’t agree more. 

 

We tend to get caught up way too much in what we do or what we don’t sound like – James included – and the reality is, when you’ve been at it as long as he has been so far, with something like fourteen records under his belt in The Crossing Crew over the past six years alone – if you haven’t figured that out 100% yet, there’s a reason.  

Because I could tell ya that “A Simple Word” is like a fusion between Modest Mouse and Band Of Horses once you reach its main hooks – but I ain’t gonna lie to ya…not sure that’s gonna help anyone out there in the assessment of The Crossing Crew’s overall sound, which flexes this way & that way throughout the journey of each record, and River Radio certainly included in that. 

 

For this song, it’s a description that works…and I’d honestly be shocked if either actually played any kind of role in influencing the music of The Crossing Crew to begin with…I’d be much more willing to bet that any comparisons we might hear at all, would come by about as honestly & purely as can be found in music – as in, quite likely, completely unintentional. 

 

Comparisons are arbitrary & fickle things – the reason why people’s opinions of what The Crossing Crew sounds like are so scattered & all over the map is a direct reflection of how much is involved in the music and the different dimensions of sonic depth they have…and again, I maintain – ain’t that a great thing?  So I’ll tell ya what I know for sure…and that’s the fact that The Crossing Crew has stumbled into absolutely remarkable hooks on “A Simple Word” – full-stop. 

 

Honestly, I could never get enough of this song…and it’d be a whole lot easier to detail what I didn’t like…because there ain’t nothing on that list.  There are so many things going right here, it’s almost impossible to count. 

 

First of all, the main title & hooks of the chorus are straight-up perfection…”it all began with a simple word” rolls out so crystal clear, confident, and cool…I mean, it’s just an undeniable hook in every conceivable sense of its definition. 

 

Then you factor in the brilliance of how the backing vocals work…or the stunning sound of the violin when it shows up…or how the verses reveal just as much hook & pull as the chorus does really – I mean, it’s an entire smorgasbord of can’t-lose!  Not a doubt in my mind that “A Simple Word” ended up impressing me so much that I’d easily call it one of the best openings to a record I’ve heard this year.  I’ve had this song stuck proudly in my head for days since I first heard it…and I’m looking forward to many more; I might argue there’s more accessibility in a few other tunes on this record perhaps, but in terms of my own personal taste & what I’d consider to be the record’s most addictive uniqueness, this is #1!

 

So case in-point…”Gold Mine” doesn’t remind me much of Modest Mouse of Band Of Horses at all.  Not to drone on here, but for the majority of folks out there that likely still don’t even know who either of those bands even are – that’s the reality as well; a comparison like that can pigeonhole potential and where music can travel, just as much as it can entice people in that fully understand it.  The degree of accessibility on this second tune wouldn’t benefit from that first reference to how “A Simple Word” sounded…completely different vibes, 100%.  So James…don’t get me wrong brother, I hear ya – we all wanna know who we sound like to a degree – but c’mon my man…embrace the versatility of your sound & try to listen to it all from the perspective of someone outside of the band…you’re rockin’ hybrid music.  LISTEN to the incredible piano/guitar solo in this tune will ya?  Amazing!  LISTEN to how spot-on James is in the way he sings “Gold Mine” and how welcoming this entire vibe is!  While I might personally connect with a song like “A Simple Word” a bit more myself – universal sound is exactly that, and that’s exactly what “Gold Mine” has in every spectacularly sweet nugget of this song offered up along the way. 

 

All-around, every moment of this cut beams out single-worthy sound…and were I The Crossing Crew, I’d definitely be taking a long look at this very track in terms of promoting the album to the masses out there.  It’s inviting, it’s welcoming, it’s audibly dripping with sweetness that heads straight for your heartstrings…all-in-all, there’s a brightness & inspired spark to its melody that’s guaranteed to please.

“Rubble Trouble” is all kinds of fun and stylistically slick as it gets.  Slidin’ guitars roam wildly throughout this cut…creating a kind of Black Keys-meets-Folk/Blues/Bluegrass vibe…this third cut speaks to the versatility of The Crossing Crew’s sound & exactly why it’s so hard to pin this one band to any one comparison.  The amount of personality & character to be found in the music & vocals of this tune could fill a whole entire record on its own.  When it comes right down to it, there’s an argument to be made that “Rubble Trouble” is the largest departure you’ll find from the general sound, style, and approach that you’ll find The Crossing Crew takes to the lineup of songs on River Radio – but I’d probably be surprised to learn this wasn’t somehow a major fan-favorite, which I’m quite certain it will be.  As much as I love the flash & dazzle of this Blues/Rock cut and the way it moves & grooves with such fluidity – it was probably the breakdown & bridge that occurs heading into the second minute that was worth the full price of admission for me.  In any event…The Crossing Crew from what I’ve gathered has not toured or even played live to this point in time…and if anything, it’s vibes like the ones being created here with the electric energy on “Rubble Trouble” that are bound to encourage this band to change all that soon.  Songs like “Rubble Trouble” would take on an entirely second-life onstage, I can promise ya that – there’s all the ingredients for a genuine show-stopper in the flash & flair of this tune, and the opportunity to bust out a whole lot of impressive instrumentation that’ll get the crowd goin’ crazy.  Have a listen for yourself, and try to tell me you can’t feel that…you know this would set the people off in all the right ways…”Rubble Trouble” is built & designed to entertain, and it wildly succeeds for sure.

So don’t get me wrong – I’m all about “Rubble Trouble” and I’m always up for a solid jam with energy – I just happen to relate to melody that much more.  So for me, the switch back into sweeter sound that occurs in the transition between the end of “Rubble Trouble” and the ultra-friendly vibes of “Country Life” right after, made one of the most noticeable points on the record that always caught my attention.  “Big country, wide spaces, open hearts, smiling faces” – all these fantastic things, and ultimately Country Life is actually much more about staying home inside with the person you’ve chosen to spend your life with.  It’s about how those that have truly found love in this world don’t need to travel a square inch in order to find happiness – it’s right there beside them every day, no matter where they go.  It’s about how all these amazing things are out there in our world, but that the most amazing of all, is right there at home, day after day.  “Country Life” is really the ultimate love song if you’re listening to it closely.  Not entirely sure what it was production-wise on this cut that was different than the rest…there was nothing so detrimental whatsoever that would turn me off, but it felt like you could hear the crush on the drums a bit more in the compression or something a lil’ strange here the more I listened close-up.  At a distance, there ain’t nothing but pure sweetness on display and a natural vibe that’s perfectly suited for “Country Life” – it’s a tributary tune that salutes what the good life is REALLY all about if you ask me.  I’d never knock those out there with the travel bug – and I get it myself from time to time like anyone does…but I’d be lyin’ to y’all by omission if I didn’t say I completely connected to the core sentiment of this song almost unlike any other I can recall.  This is a love song for the curmudgeons out there that are able to see the beauty right there in front of their eyes and appreciate every moment of their time spent shared with that special someone.  Call me crazy – I might not live on a farm, but I feel “Country Life” speaks to me in ways so many love songs never will…there’s so much authenticity in this perspective and in the songwriting here…James has written a genuinely insightful tune that gets to the heart of love.

I felt like I was more tossed up around “Bright Lights” than I was with any other track on this EP…but I’d still be the first to tell ya it’s essentially a flawless tune.  Part of me felt like this one might have gotten too sweet for my own personal taste…a bit too Kumbaya at its core in the hooks perhaps…but at the same time, I kept sitting back here marveling at just how perfectly played & well produced the entire song was, and how much this inherently inviting vibe could be completely appealing to listening ears.  There’s no doubt that at a first glance, this song belongs more to the cohesiveness of this record than say, a track like “Rubble Trouble” would in theory, in terms of its gentle sound & style…but I dunno – there was something about “Bright Lights” that had me going back & forth each time I heard it, trying to figure out what my ultimate assessment really was.  Lyrically, I think there’s a strong argument to be made that it’s one of the best on the record…or at the very least, some very relevant insights on what life is like out there for so many right now, while at the same time, reminding us of what’s really important.  There’s a lot more of a down-home folksy vibe at work here overall…I can’t guarantee it’s always going to be something everyone would wanna reach for all the time, but it’s also the kind of cut you’ll know exactly when you do wanna hear it, when you’re in the mood for something as shiny as this is, and it’ll be there for ya ready to roll & deliver that for ya, any time you need it.  I’ll put it to you this way…as much as I might have tried to resist this cut myself, the sweetness of the sentiment and the hooks really do connect sincerely…and I have no doubt “Bright Lights” will be a song I’ll recall in my mind for many years to come.  One way or the other, that always tells ya there’s verifiable strengths to be found in the songwriting and hooks that are gonna make an impact…you’ll remember “Bright Lights” the very next time you hear it, like you’ve almost somehow been listening to it the entire time in between.

“The River” is spectacular…and in my opinion, one of the record’s strongest cuts.  I’m not 100% sure it gets its full due credit on those first spins…that might be a bit more up in the air & different from person to person.  I think there’s so much appeal loaded up at the front of this record that tracks like “A Simple Word” and “Gold Mine” are probably gonna steal the show for some time – but it’s songs like “The River” that have all the hallmarks of a song that’s gonna hold up strong over the years and keep us coming back to listen to River Radio.  I love the tone of voice that James sings with and the inherent wisdom that feels built right into his words…I love the sparkle of the guitars, the stunning tones in the solo, and the brilliance of both the backing vocals & melody of the piano…there’s a whole lot of depth to “The River” that feels like it’s an experience you’ll still be uncovering something new about for years to come.  I’m all about it on every level really…I think the lyrics are some of the best on the record, I felt like the imagery of the words was stunningly vivid, real, and perfectly detailed…and the added hooks from the falsetto voice of James going “whoo whoo whoo” or “sweet Jesus gonna” along the way were the audible cherry on top for me.  “The River” is a highly impressive song all-around, no matter which point you choose to examine it from – and in terms of the inherently versatile hybrid vibes of The Crossing Crew and the music being made in this band, it’s an authentic stand-out for its artistic design.  It’s got a lower-key energy to it in some respects…but I’d be surprised if “The River” didn’t end up becoming a major favorite for the listeners out there over time…it’s as interesting as it is entertaining.

As you’ve experienced throughout River Radio, The Crossing Crew have subtly put a strong point of view into much of this material you’ve heard at times – and they bring it home solidly with the gentle & warm conclusion on the new album in “Get A Crown.”  There’s no doubt in my mind that the current political climate has definitely been in Moravec’s thoughts in a few of these tunes…and as divisive as they’ve been as of late between so many of us, he’s made sure to keep his focus sharply on bringing everyone closer together through the music he’s making in The Crossing Crew.  “Get A Crown” is willing to acknowledge a lot of what’s not working in the way we interact in society & how we treat each other – and if anything, you could probably make a strong argument that James is taking on the attitude of entitlement quite directly here.  There’s always a highly interpretive quality to a lot of the way he writes his lyrics…different things will mean different things to different people, you dig?  To me, this was all an indictment of what’s become a prevalent selfish perspective emerging in our world, where everyone is talking & no one’s really listening…a world where everyone probably deserves ashes, but believes they should “Get A Crown,” to paraphrase James.  More importantly than perhaps anything else, he’s bringing attention & awareness to a pattern of thinking that every single one of us have the ability to control…we can choose to let the world break us apart, or we can let it strengthen our resolve to make change for the better.  The greater good of us all, as one…not just to the benefit of our individual selves.  Gently drifting us out of this experience with River Radio with an infusion of dreamy vocals and vibes that are almost like a modern-day nursery rhyme for adults, or an audible fable with morals & melody that’ll resonate within your heart – “Get A Crown” gives you a stellar mix of thought-provoking lyricism and emotional sound that gives River Radio a remarkable conclusion to a complete experience.  From the versatility on display throughout the set-list, to each individual song revealing a compelling new dimension of The Crossing Crew’s sound – River Radio is a journey well worth taking, for one and all.

Songwriter and producer James Paul Moravec delivers some of his best material and mixes with the project River Radio.  

The Crossing Crew performs the indie folk pop tune " A Simple Word." The song lyrics for A Simple Word are posted here.

The Crossing Crew performs an indie folk pop tune " Gold Mine" The song lyrics for Gold Mine are here.

The Crossing Crew performs a river oriented Americana song in " Rubble Trouble." The song lyrics for Rouble Trouble are posted on this page. Rubble Trouble applauds the success of battling and surviving addition.

The song "Country Life" crosses genres like country, folk, pop, rock, and decades like they don't even matter. The song lyrics for Country Life are listed here.

The next song is the modern folk tune "Bright Lights." The song lyrics for Bright Lights are posted here.

"The River" reminds me of a southern country rock style. The lyrics for The River flow in a similar way.

"Get A Crown" is another modern folk tune expressing hope in the hereafter. Song lyrics for Get A Crown follow.

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1.

Song Lyrics "A Simple Word" by The Crossing Crew

 

like a yellow jacket bee flies a clear line

I was running after that girl of mine

we were gonna fix it once and for all

or call it quits, I made her feel so small

it all began with a simple word

and after that nothing else was heard

when tempers flair

everything that follows is hot air

I was trying way too hard

chased her away, now I regret it

she went for the getaway car

last I saw my girl, never made it

it all began with a simple word, trust

it all began with a simple word, trust

there were little fire fights before the one today

I was water pushing oil away

we would mix it up work it out fine

the way it was with that girl of mine

maybe we were we insecure

or needed a little more time to be sure

was the trouble only in me

never thought to follow up, I’m sorry

I was trying way too hard

chased her away, now I regret it

she went for the getaway car

last I saw my girl, never made it

it all began with a simple word

I was gabbing at the mouth not a word worth saying

it all began with a simple word

not a word was true stupid game I was playing

and after that nothing else was heard

it all began with a simple word, trust

I was trying way too hard

chased her away, now I regret it

she went for the getaway car

last I saw my girl, never made it

 

pain fell like a hammer

hurt so hard, could not breathe and

when she turned around  

the greatest relief of my life

 

trust me now or trust me never

it all began with a simple word

It all began with a simple word

I was trying way too hard

It all began with a simple word

I was gabbing at the mouth not a word worth sayingit all began with a simple word

not a word was true stupid game I was playing

 

when she turned around  

the greatest relief of my life

c James Paul Moravec

2.

Song Lyrics "Gold Mine" by The Crossing Crew

 

rolling that stone, uphill

see the traffic coming

the other side old Ohio

we let it go downhill

running after nothing

river don’t rise go with the flow

 

wagons ho, carry that wide load

me and you down long dusty road

after all these years, one thing we know

together we are better than pocket of gold, yeah

 

stick around you’ll find

everything that shine

it’ll all be fine

better than a gold mine

stick around you find

everything that shine

it’ll all be fine

baby your my gold mine

 

wagons ho, carry that wide load

me and you down long dusty road

after all these years, one thing we know

together we are better than pocket of gold, yeah

 

stick around you’ll find

everything that shine

it’ll all be fine

better than a gold mine

stick around you find

everything that shine

it’ll all be fine

baby your my gold mine

 

rolling that stone, uphill

see the traffic coming

the other side old Ohio

we let it go downhill

running after nothing

river don’t rise go with the flow

 

wagons ho, carry that wide load

me and you down long dusty road

after all these years, one thing we know

together we are better than pocket of gold, yeah

 

stick around you’ll find

everything that shine

it’ll all be fine

better than a gold mine

stick around you find

everything that shine

it’ll all be fine

baby your my gold mine

c James Paul Moravec

3.

Song Lyrics "Rubble Trouble" by The Crossing Crew

 

If I had no spine to face this trial

I’d be tracking a minute each mile

waving bye bye to all these troubles

It seems each place I stop turn to rubble

 

Im a selfish to the last dollar

and drinking kills the pain when I let you down

like a drunken sailor

maybe see you next time in town

 

they call me selfish loser

maybe that be so

beggar can’t be chooser

when the drinking kill your soul

 

first stop in the pain, know that I

been packing too many lies

waving bye bye to all my trouble

build me a brand new life on the rubble

 

I was selfish to the last dollar

doing good destroys the pain, gotta turn around

helping hand from heaven

gonna build a good thing on solid ground

 

they call me selfish loser

maybe that be so

beggar can’t be chooser

when the drinking kill your soul

 

wave bye bye, your ticket torn

cash it in you be re born

yes it will be a long fight

In the end it’ll be alright

 

goodbye

go get a better

come back soon

come back better

be back soon

c James Paul Moravec

4.

Song Lyrics "Country Life" by The Crossing Crew

 

my country life, my lovely wife

I avoid much strife, with my farm wife, loving life

 

In these wide open spaces, you say

missing out on the all things we wanna see, huh

join the hurry up life

always checking the time, hurry up line

wait - don’t wanna miss on something big

 

I’m not ignored, I stay indoors

never to be bored, happy wife, loving life for sure

 

In these wide open spaces, you say

missing out on the all things we wanna see, huh

join the hurry up life

always checking the time, hurry up line

wait - don’t wanna miss on something big

 

big country, wide spaces, open hearts, smiling faces

 

Do we what she want, do we what she do

Do we do do what, do we what she do

 

my country life, my lovely wife

I avoid much strife, with my farm wife, loving life

 

In these wide open spaces, you say

missing out on the all things we wanna see, huh

join the hurry up life

always checking the time, hurry up line

wait - don’t wanna miss on something big

 

I’m not ignored, I stay indoors

never to be bored, happy wife, loving life for sure

 

c James Paul Moravec

5.

Song Lyrics "Bright Lights" by The Crossing Crew

 

there’s talk about a cold dark world

people don’t see eye to eye oh why

and if we don’t think all the same

they will stop not even try oh my

we got lights that shine

moons we put in moonshine

the best stories ever been told

and the hearts in our chest

give off nothing but the best 

bright light in all the world

 

we got stars that shine

God who made it Devine

all the colors make things swirl

and the hearts in our chest

give off nothing but the best 

bright light in all the world

When will we share, our own thoughts

like a smile or apple pie

power people divide us with fear

Its time we don’t buy their lies, so right

take a rich mans poor man in worn out shoes

his meaning may be quite small

but his full heart can shine much bigger

he owns the greatest home of all

c James Paul Moravec

6.

Song Lyrics "The River" by The Crossing Crew

 

the river is so wide

cross at your own peril

found my steam along the way

see the end of the trail

in a dust worn slumber

that west wind dragon try and take my wagon tell ya

top off matchstick lumber

taking rust rails and a whoo whoo whoo

 

Sleeping or wide awake

Shake me, that’ll do

 

the liver is so tired

think we gonna fail

found my steam along the way

making my own trail

in the prairie thunder

that woke the devil try and take my soul tell ya

take a waitlist number

make the way for me and save me sweet Jesus gonna

 

Sleeping or wide awake

Shake me, that’ll do

 

the river is so wide

cross at your own peril

found my steam along the way

see the end of the trail

in a dust worn slumber

that west wind dragon try and take my wagon tell ya

top off matchstick lumber

taking rust rails and a whoo whoo whoo

c James Paul Moravec

7.

Song Lyrics "Get A Crown" by The Crossing Crew

I my be old but I‘m young at heart

always be kind, where good things start

and what is true without a doubt

dancing around the edges never works out

 

right is up and wrong is down

anger make you sick, earn you a frown

in the same way each time around

I deserve ashes but believe I will get a crown

 

the now crowd claims their moral space

they own compassion shout it in our face

facts be damned, common sense out the door

kick you when you down, back for more

 

right is up and wrong is down

anger make you sick, earn you a frown

ends the same way each time around

I deserve ashes but believe I will get a crown

 

call me fool, let me live a fools life

not hurting you, I give you no strife

but thats not enough, got to make me conform

still got love in my heart, keeps me warm

 

right is still up and wrong is still down

anger make you sick and earns you a frown

in the same way each time around

I deserve ashes but believe I will get a crown

 

ends the same way each time around

ends the same way each time around

c James Paul Moravec