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Crooks’ Twisted Country Takes Root at Floore’s

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Crooks leader Josh Mazour (fourth from left) in a photo that says a lot about the band’s sound (the mariachi dude is accordionist Anthony Ortiz Jr.)

Mazour might’ve been raised on grunge, but roots revivalist and O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack contributor Gillian Welch is Mazour’s idea of a contemporary reference. The blend of old and newish, however, keeps The Rain Will Come from sounding like a tired rehash. Traces of Cobain are audible, especially on closer “Boulevard,” and the South Texas pedigree is palpable on “Heart Achin’ Town,” which features a scorching accordion solo by guest star Flaco Jimenez. The result can be and is enjoyed by collectors of rare Hank Williams 45s and people who know the troubadour mostly as the dad of the Monday Night Football/Obama is Hitler guy.

“We get a lot of younger people who—a lot of times they’re not really country music fans,” Mazour says of a typical Crooks crowd. “They say, ‘I don’t really listen to a lot of country music, but you guys make it more interesting and fun for us.’ ... But then we have tons of people in their 30s to 50s. ... It’s like it’s just weird enough to where somebody who’s a country fan will say, ‘It’s different, but I still listen to it and I like it because it is different,’ and a younger person is like, ‘Well I don’t really listen to country, but I like this version of country if that’s what this is.’”

Crooks feat. Roger Creager

9pm Sat, Dec 7
Floore’s Country Store
14492 Old Bandera (Helotes)
(210) 695-8827

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