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Crooked Still is a self-styled alternative bluegrass band consisting of vocalist Aoife O'Donovan, cellist Tristan Clarridge, fiddler Brittany Haas, banjo player Dr. Gregory Liszt, and bassist Corey DiMario. They are known for their high energy, technical skill, unique instrumentation and innovative acoustic style.

O'Donovan and DiMario met at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in spring of 2001. Former cellist Rushad Eggleston, who was studying at Berklee College of Music, and Liszt, a graduate student at MIT, were playing music together around the same time. When the four met that summer, they formed the band that would be Crooked Still. While its members finished school, Crooked Still played various Boston venues, growing in popularity and collecting favorable reviews from the local press, notably the Boston Globe, Northeast Performer, and the Boston Herald.

In 2004, the group was invited to perform at the Newport Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, where their debut album, Hop High, was the top-selling CD. Following the success of this first festival appearance, Crooked Still went on to appear at concert halls, nightclubs, coffeehouses, and festivals in 23 states and several different countries. On August 22, 2006, they released their second CD, Shaken by a Low Sound.

In October 2007 the band announced that Eggleston would be leaving the group. Eggleston performed his last show with the band on November 18, 2007, at the Ironhorse in Northampton, Massachusetts. Cellist Tristan Clarridge and fiddler Brittany Haas joined the lineup in January 2008. The band released its first album with the new lineup, Still Crooked, in June 2008.
Ain't No Grave
by Crooked Still

There ain't no grave gonna hold my body down
ain't no grave gonna hold my body down
when i hear that trumpet sound i'm gonna get up out of the ground
aint' no grave gonna hold my body down

go down yonder gabriel put your foot on the land and sea
oh gabriel don't you blow your trumpet until you hear from me

i looked way over yonder and what do you think i see?
i see a band of angels and they're coming after me

then i looked way down the river saw the people dressed in white
i knew it was god's people 'cause i saw them doing right

ain't no grave gonna hold my body down
ain't no grave gonna hold my body down
when i hear that trumpet sound i'm gonna get up out of the ground
aint' no grave gonna hold my body down


i'm going down to the river jordan and i'm gonna bury my knees in the sand
holler "ah, hosanna" till i reach the promised land

then i looked way over yonder and what do you think i see?
i see a band of angels and they're coming after me

so meet me king jesus meet me wont' you meet me in the middle of the air
if these wings should carry me, i won't need another pair

ain't no grave gonna hold my body down
ain't no grave gonna hold my body down
when i hear that trumpet sound i'm gonna get up out of the ground
aint' no grave gonna hold my body down
ain't no grave gonna hold my body down

Contributed by Charlotte H. Suggest a correction in the comments box.
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