Lincoln Crockett is a healer. A young man with a knack for soothing harmonies and bluegrassy picking, Crockett cut his chops as singer, songwriter and mandolin player for Cross-eyed Rosie, and has helped turn this popular Portland, Oregon five-piece into the Northwest's premier progressive bluegrass band. With them, Lincoln has played packed shows from Seattle to San Francisco and festivals such as Wintergrass, Telluride, String Summit and River City Bluegrass.
In September this mandolinist/guitarist/musical alchemist stepped forward from his many group projects, releasing "Angels & Devils Alike," his first full-length album. The release show was held at Portland's unparalleled Mississippi Studios and sold out hours before the doors opened. After years spent playing the Northwest and the West Coast as a supporting cast member for Cross-eyed Rosie, and The Josh Cole Band, "Angels & Devils Alike" reveals the depth, power and stunning musicality of Lincoln's own work. Portland's Willamette Week called it "gorgeous" and The Oregonian said it "radiates all that's good about the progressive side of bluegrass."
"Angels & Devils Alike" is sparse and spare in its arrangements, allowing for Lincoln's inspiring lyrics, delicate vocal harmonies and guitar/mandolin interplay to shine. The flavor of the music is not bluegrass or newgrass, nor is it pop or folk. Lincoln artfully blends texture and style into soothing, healing acoustic music. The end result is a seamless, fluid acoustic sound that grooves as it soothes, with a spiritual flavor specific to no genre.
Lincoln's modulating melodies, advanced harmonies and offbeat compositional techniques are much more than folk music. Equally inspired by world music and Nashville crispness, Lincoln's songs portray a sensibility that would suit either. Within a single song he con conjure Bill Monroe, Béla Fleck, George Harrison and Jack Johnson.
Lincoln recently opened for Phish's Page McConnell at Portland's Aladdin Theater and has already placed his popular song 'Sawdust Settler' on a compilation benefiting the Salmon Nation Project. He continues to gig with all of his band projects, and has begun devoting time to Robb&Crockett, a duo formed with Portland singer/songrocker Jimmy Robb. Lincoln is looking forward to touring in support of the new album and continuing his course as a successful independent musician.