"The two adjectives that keep coming to me during repeated listenings to the Crooked Jades are profound and transcendent. I have looked those words up wondering if that’s what I really mean. Profound means “deep” and “intense”. Transcendent means “awe-inspiring” and “moving”. Yes, that’s what I mean. This is visionary music, forged from the raw materials of old-time forms and instruments. I don’t want to get into a discussion of what’s old-time and what’s not; there’s enough ongoing conversation on that subject already. It’s easy to forget, though, that the first old-time music recorded was a mirror of the times the musicians lived in. That was almost a hundred years ago. Here, in the beginning of the 21st century, people in appreciable numbers are feeling as though they’re teetering on the brink of apocalyptic times. Through the lens of tradition, the Crooked Jades are voicing this feeling convincingly and beautifully."