Country singing from Oakland standouts. Real musicians, not just stompers. Jill Rogers is an amazing singer. Just plain beautiful. - KALX Radio
Honkytonk revisionists out of Oakland, Crying Time plays straight-up country and western music, from Bob Wills to Glen Campbell with whistle stops in between. Their original songs sit pretty in the mix – you’ll think you heard these tunes on your daddy’s stereo when you were little. Jill Rogers is a singer’s singer with a 1974 voice and a story to tell, and Myles Boisen is a hero of juke joint licks on the six string and lap steel guitar. Bay Area music scene veteran Tony Marcus's fiddle weaves through the songs while Tim Rowe on drums and Smilin’ Pete Garellick on bass hold down the rhythm with grace, style, and swing. Steel guitar legend Bobby Black frequently sits in with the band, too.
Crying Time hosts a 4th Sunday throw down at The Golden Bull in Oakland. An extention of their long-running residency at the Parkway Lounge, these shows are a hot spot for musicians, listeners, and dancers. Read about it here.
Jill Rogers delivers convincing, full-throated, but not faux-hillbilly, lead vocals...Add guest virtuoso Bobby Black on pedal steel and you have another great spin on the no-nonsense country of Bakersfield and pre-pop Nashville —in a tradition that includes Jimmie Rivers, Asleep at the Wheel, and others. Crying Time begs for a dance floor to accommodate your happy feet and a beer to catch your tears.
- Derk Richardson (Oakland Magazine/ KPFA)
[Rogers] has that Iris DeMent quality to her voice that I love so much.
- Ann Powers (NPR)