Sugarcane Jane at Keg and Barrel | Hattiesburg, MS15 September 2023
Sugarcane Jane, otherwise known as Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee from Loxley, Alabama — have been America’s sweethearts from Alabama’s Gulf Coast for over a decade.
Between them, they have amassed a rich musical heritage working with such notables as Neil Young, Steve Winwood, and Dwight Yoakam. The music they make together is simple and direct, rooted in country and rock, and anchored by their sweet and soulful harmonies.
To know the couple’s roots is important in understanding the foundation of the duo’s incredible story. Anthony’s musical career has lead him all over the world beginning at Opryland at the age of eighteen to performing at the Grand Ole Opry with Roy Acuff, to being on tour with Sonny James, Neil Young (The Shocking Pinks, The International Harvesters, The Electric Band), then Steve Winwood (Roll With It Tour), Vince Gill, and Dwight Yoakam. He’s had appearances on Hee Haw, Austin City Limits, Live Aid, Farm Aid, Showtime, the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Today Show, Grammy Awards Show, made music videos (Wonderin-Neil Young, Gone- Dwight Yoakam), been in movies (Heart of Gold- Neil Young, Neil Young Trunk Show, Blackhawk DVD). He’s played on stage with Paul McCartney with Neil Young at Hyde Park. He took the cover photo for Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams II al- bum. His songs have been recorded by Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Rogers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan, Billy Burnett, Sawyer Brown, and others.
“One of the liveliest, most engaging Americana CDs you’re likely to hear this or any year.” (Vintage Guitar Magazine)
The last decade has been an intricate part of Anthony’s ultimate direction. After marrying musical partner Savana Lee and settling down in the rural southern Alabama town of Loxley, a whole new perspective has emerged in their songwriting as well as touring life. They have grown a loyal following and an all American brand of music completely orginal and homegrown rooted from a southern spirit of the deep South.
After seeing their 2020 tour evaporate in front of their eyes due to Covid-19, Sugarcane Jane redirected their energy to the Hibernation Tour, 43 live stream concerts in a row from their home studio (Admiral Bean Studio). During that time they recorded and released Fellow Man but found themselves with more left to say.
“An album that deserves to be at the top of critics’ lists” and “One of the best duos since Johnny and June” – The Washington Times
The songs for Ruffled Feathers; Songs in the Key of Me began emerging soon after and in six days the album was written, recorded, and sent off to manufacturing. Released as their tenth studio album on August 14, 2020 by Admiral Bean Records, the ten songs are the pinnacle of Anthony’s songwriting. Uplifting and universal, the album has struck a chord with many across the globe as we are all sharing the same struggles.