Jeff Crosby & The Refugees
Jeff Crosby & The Refugees

Idaho-born, LA-based singer-songwriter Jeff Crosby's Silent Conversations ep will be released on Cosmo Sex School on March 5. This will be Cosmo Sex School's first release that is not a Jerry Joseph project.

Silent Conversations deals with the bittersweet emotions of leaving home and family for the first time and finding new appreciation for what you left behind. Partly written as Jeff moved from small town Idaho to L.A. with the rest composed during a month-long trip to Columbia, the five songs reflect the change he was making in his life at the time and the clarity that comes from distance. The title track, "Silent Conversations," was written while standing in the doorway of a catholic church in Colombia during a torrential downpour. "This Old Town" is a reaction to coming home after moving to LA, how different everything looks and how the place shaped him. "Family, How Ya Been" is taken from letters Jeff was attempting to write home while staying in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. Jeff says, "I'm not very good at keeping in touch or writing home so naturally the letters turned into a song. I found the poem while moving my stuff to LA and started performing the tune at pubs and bars. People really reacted to it so I decided to record it for the EP."

Jerry Joseph's first encounter with Jeff Crosby also elicited a strong reaction to his live performance. While opening for Jerry in the Rockies, Jerry was immediately struck by Jeff. Jerry raves, "Jeff is the whole package. His guitar playing is frankly ripping, he's got a big thoughtful voice and a great hungry band. He's fucking gorgeous and manages to not let that override his presence (give him time). And then there's the songs. I keep going back to Stephen Stills ala Manassas, in vocal timbre, guitar stylings and song writing. I would venture to guess as Jeff was forming his 'thing', he had no idea who Stephen Still is. There's a lot of the Laurel Canyon vibe in his writing but at the end of the day, he's from Idaho."

The two played some more shows together and Jerry offered to put out the ep on his label, Cosmo Sex School. "I think Jeff is a rock star. I still like and look for rock stars in music, that's what I grew up with. They had presence and confidence and they looked cool and I could sing along and most importantly, they were not me. I didn't want to pay to see me, I wanted to go somewhere else, with cool locations and interesting friends and the camaraderie of a band and good drugs and pretty girls and I wanted to shake my ass while I was at it. I listen to Jeff and, at least for a moment, I go there. You might want to go there too..."

Crosby will be touring in support of the new album throughout the spring and summer with his band The Refugees which features Will Prescott (drums), Daniel "The Hawk" Blumenfeld (keys) and new addition, Jeff's brother, Andrew Crosby (Bass Guitar). Tour dates are up at http://jeffcrosbymusic.com/tour.