Country singing from Oakland standouts. Real musicians, not just stompers. Jill Rogers is an amazing singer. Just plain beautiful. - KALX Radio
Crying Time plays straight-up honky-tonk and country music. Singer Jill Rogers writes songs of love and loss; with wry observations they illuminate love on the verge of dissolution or look back with regret at something that might have been. With her 1974 voice, these sound like songs you might have heard on your Daddy’s car radio on long drives up the coast. The band mixes into its sets slyly curated covers - from Bob Wills to Lynn Anderson to Jeannie C. Riley and Glen Campbell, with unexpected pitstops along the way. Guitarist 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 Russell Kiel on bass hold down the rhythm with grace, style, and swing.
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)