Blair Crimmins of Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, began this portion of his music career with a determination to bring both Ragtime and 1920s Dixieland jazz to new audiences – presumably to an indie rock audience who would most likely not be very familiar with the sound that came pouring out form the streets of one of the world’s greatest music cities (New Orleans, of course), and became one of the world’s most beloved and influential genres. Interestingly, Crimmins and the Hookers have shared stages with Mumford and Sons (not terribly surprising) and O.A.R. (very surprising).
“It’s All Over Now,” the first single from Crimmins’ latest album, Sing-a-Longs, which is slated for a September 10th release, has a sound that’s quite naturally, rooted in the past but recorded with modern recording techniques. In some way, the sound of the track reminds me quite a bit of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band – in other words, if hearing this song doesn’t lighten your heart, then you may have a very cold, unfeeling heart.