This Nashville via Seattle duo has been compared to a twangy Elvis Costello and Linda Ronstadt, and that ain’t half wrong—or half bad.
Craig Aspen and Cynthia Frazzini’s second album shows diverse interests (Rock, Country, Swing, Bluegrass, Blues, Honky-tonk). Aspen shows some real guitar chops (he seems to have listened to Duane Eddy on occasion). Both Aspen and Frazzini write their own stuff, although this CD includes a cool cover of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Several reviewers put Crashyertown on their lists of top Americana records for 2005. And they ain’t half wrong. —Mark Boardman