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oakland, CA
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Portrait of Plum Crazy
When asked to describe Plum Crazy’s music, people often find difficulty mustering the words. Perhaps the song, Blade of Grass sums it up best with “I’ve got funk in my soul, bluegrass on my mind…” and later “I’ve got blues in my soul, reggae on my mind...” With five songwriters, the music explores a wide gamut of styles bound to a common groove that is prevalent in all their songs, bridging the gap between jam and pop

“This band has chops. But the best part about Plum Crazy is their ability to write songs....” -Indie In-Tun

“… a blend of jam-happy music, jazz fusion funk, alt country, soulful vocals, sweet two-part harmonies and mad song-writing skills that create hypnotizing melodies…” -KyndMusi

“These are clearly talented and versatile musicians, all of which are active participants in an ever-evolving rhythmic scheme that seems to have a mind of its own.” -The Owl Ma

The seed was planted for Plum Crazy when vocalist Shawna Anderson and Josh Yenne (guitar) started writing songs and singing together back in 2000. When Josh met drummer Skip Urmson, the three sought to form a band with their unique vision. After some lineup changes, likeminded musicians were found in Casey Cameron (keys) and Justin Hellman (bass) who bring years of jazz experience and more great songwriting

Plum Crazy has been wowing audiences throughout Northern California and Hawaii. Radio stations all along California and nationwide have been spinning Plum Crazy’s debut album, as has Sirius Radio’s Jam On channel. In 2005, Plum Crazy won Relix magazine’s JamOff, where they traveled to NYC to play in the JamOff Showcase. Plum Crazy has had the pleasure to share the stage with many great acts, including Tea Leaf Green, Garaj Mahal, The Motet, The Mother Hips, Melvin Seals & JGB, and David Nelson (NRPS), among others

With recording underway for their second release, Plum Crazy continues to garner new fans at their unique live shows. Knowing how to effectively mix tightly composed songs and exploratory improvisation into a set is a hallmark of this band. As one reviewer puts it “…I implore you to check this band out. Buy their CD, go to their shows, pick up a t-shirt and tell your friends. Get on board now before these five stellar musicians are forced to hide behind a wall of security.”