American Folklore’s trajectory began in Waco, Texas when songwriter Corey Crawford was struck by a car on his bicycle. While recuperating, Crawford wrote a collection of songs about people and places from his childhood home in central Illinois. The resulting album, 2003’s Spoon River Country laid the foundation for American Folklore’s sonic palette with sound collages and samples interspersed with traditional instrumentation including guitar, banjo, pedal steel, and mandolin.
Shortly before leaving Waco, Crawford began a series of recording sessions with local engineer Tim Jenkins. When pressed to post some of the music online, he came up with the moniker American Folklore. After amassing a cult following on Myspace and garnering attention from both major and independent labels, Crawford decided to self release an album in 2008. Shelving the project shortly thereafter, Crawford spent two years in Gothenburg, Sweden working on various music projects. After relocating to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, he took a five year hiatus from music. Towards the end of his time in Brooklyn, he began refocusing on songwriting and got his chops back up to snuff with some help from bluegrass musician Michael Daves.
Crawford currently lives on Aqua Dulce Ranch near Austin, Texas with his girlfriend and their son. Upcoming projects include Jeck Beff, an album of songs about artists, and Creature in a Tree, a children’s book and album about life on Aqua Dulce.
American Folklore meanders between a wide variety of styles from electronic to folk and has been compared over the years to a disparate group of artists including Beck, John Prine, Peter Case, Daniel Johnston, and Doug Sahm.