KEEPING TIME: Cranford and Sons (VIDEO)

jpaprocki@islandpacket.comMarch 7, 2012 

Band: Cranford and Sons

Members: John Cranford (guitar, lead vocals), Eric Reid (fiddle), Phil Sirmans (bass), Randy Rockalatta (percussion)

Style: A mix of bluegrass, Delta blues, traditional Celtic and rockabilly

Upcoming shows: March 11 at Aunt Chilada's Easy Street Cafe on Hilton Head Island, March 16 and 21 at The Boardroom on Hilton Head, March 16 at Katie O'Donald's in greater Bluffton, March 17 at Reilley's on Hilton Head, March 30 at Big Bamboo on Hilton Head

Life in Music: All lifelong musicians, the four had settled on Hilton Head Island with regular gigs in different bands. But they joined together to start a group that had a foot in the past. They write many original songs in the bluegrass or blues tradition and also refashion old tunes.

Their upcoming album, expected to be released shortly, was recorded on tape, not digitally. It gives it a vintage sound the band goes for. The instrumentation is basic. Aside from some amplification, it's just them and their instruments on stage when playing live.

"It's very raw," Cranford said. "That's what I like about this band."

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