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southern state of mind

by SUGARCANE JANE

Released October 19th, 2018 on ArenA Recordings. Recorded at Admiral Bean Studio, Loxley, AL and Creative Workshop, Nashville, TN.

Sugarcane Jane, the Alabama Gulf Coast-based husband and wife duo of Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford have recorded Southern State Of Mind with producer Buzz Cason. The recording starts off with a rousing “Cabin On The Hill”, already a favorite with Sugarcane Jane fans. It is followed by “Campfire”, the first single from the album and features a colorful video shot in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida by Mark Harper. The thought-provoking, fresh and exciting “Man Of Fewest Words” precedes the title track, “Southern State Of Mind”, the tale of the joys of Southern living. “Destiny”, a raw rocker, is foreshadowed by the inspirational “Rainbow”. “Red Flags Warning”, a true gem from the pen of Anthony Crawford is cut #7. Savana Lee is featured beautifully on “The One Before Me”. “How Do You Know” and “We Can Dream” wrap up this eclectic collection of songs from the duo.

 

 
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so much beyond us

by BROOKS FORSYTH

Released September 21st, 2018 on ArenA Recordings. Recorded at Creative Workshop, Nashville, TN.

Brooks Forsyth is a musician and songwriter from Boone, North Carolina. Brooks’ musical style encompasses a variety of genres, particularly within Americana: folk, country blues, bluegrass and roots rock. He has a large repertoire of original songs and a versatile guitar style consisting of both flatpicking and fingerpicking. Throughout the last 12 years, he has performed solo as well as with a variation of musical ensembles across the U.S.A.

Brooks’ album So Much Beyond Us, a musically diverse collection of songs, was recorded with producers Buzz and Parker Cason and included a versatile cast of musicians including guitarist Sadler Vaden of Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit, Grand Old Opry fiddler Eamon McLoughlin, string player Wanda Vick, bassist Michael Rinne and drummer Jon Radford.

 

 
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BILLY & BUZZ SING BUDDY

by BILLY SWAN & BUZZ CASON

Released August 17th, 2018 on ArenA Recordings. Recorded at Creative Workshop, Nashville, TN.

Billy & Buzz Sing Buddy is Billy Swan and Buzz Cason’s tribute to Buddy Holly's music and features their fresh takes on ten of Holly's classic songs plus their original song "Thank You Buddy". The album is dedicated to Scotty Moore and features a rare guest appearance by original Crickets drummer Jerry Allison.

Buzz Cason produced the Crickets' 1964 British hit "They Call Her La Bamba" on Liberty Records and performed with them that year on a thirty day tour of the UK including a show at the Royal Albert Hall.

"The first song I played in the summer of 1957, on my first tour with the Casuals, was 'That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, and they were on my musical radar from then on! Their music was far reaching and touched the hearts of listeners all over the world." – Buzz Cason

 

 

PASSION

by BUZZ CASON

Released February 17th, 2017 on ArenA Recordings. Recorded at Creative Workshop, Nashville, TN.

Passion is a fitting title for Buzz Cason's latest recording, which features all originals written or co-written by Buzz. It is his passion for the music and all the excitement and satisfaction that surrounds the process of writing the songs and making a new record that keeps him pressing on after countless seasons in the music game.

"This record is intensly special for me since we molded elements from various genres musically from my career and attemped to make a recording that will satisfy the taste of diverse listeners", Buzz states from his studio in Berry Hill in Nashville, where the majority of the songs were cut. "The musicians, engineers and everyone involved in making this record were great. Also, I'm pleased and thankful that my son Parker Cason worked with me on this record, utilizing his songwriting skills as well as a unique production style that gives the record a fresh feel."

 

 

DIRT ROAD'S END

by SUGARCANE JANE

Released 2015 on ArenA Recordings. Recorded at Creative Workshop, Nashville, TN.

This fast-paced, high-energy album traverses a range of moods and stories. “Home Nights,” co-written with Cason in a small tool shed while the two were working on solo songs for Anthony, is sweet, simple and sumptuous with a Southern groove. Autobiographical opener “Ballad Of Sugarcane Jane” traces the couple’s journey from their time in Nashville, where they met working together in a studio, to their subsequent romance and marriage. Their story is woven into the fabric of this rocking cut, featuring Anthony’s driving guitar work. “Heartbreak Road” is a fan favorite steaming with Bluegrass spirit and Rock ‘N’ Roll energy. On the New Orleans-inspired “Louisiana,” Sugarcane Jane break out their ability to “scat” with the best of jazz singers. The Cason-penned “Not Just Another Truck Song” is a tongue-in-cheek number showcasing the band’s humorous side. The album closes with the inspiring gospel-tinged “Glory Bound” (co-written by Anthony and Cason), which was previously recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys.