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The Crowe flies again

By Mike Bell, Calgary Sun, Friday, May 19, 2006


DREAMY… Allison Crowe brings her sweet, smooth voice and dreamy songs to Calgary tonight. 


Seeing the country by riding the rails.

Instead of doing it with a bindle over her shoulder and a can of beans in her belly, Allison Crowe is doing it the right way.

The Canadian singer-songwriter is crossing the country via VIA Rail, as part of her sea-to-sea Rock’n’Rail Revue.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Crowe says of her journey, which saw her, earlier this month, traveling straight from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, where she kicked off the tour.

Other than being a way for Crowe to see the country and play some shows - she performs tonight at Cantos Music Foundation - it’s also something of a metaphorical pilgrimage for Crowe.

The 24-year-old is cementing her move from her hometown of Nanaimo, B.C. to Corner Brook, Nfld., where she’ll be moving in with her boyfriend, whom she met while touring out there six months ago.

Once she returns to her new home, Crowe says she’s looking forward to throwing herself back into her songwriting career and continuing work on a new album.

Musically, Crowe, her gorgeous vocals and pristine piano compositions, draw inspiration from a wide variety of influences.

As for the meat of her music, Crowe says there she finds inspiration in the everyday experiences of her young life.

“I write as sort of a therapy and then it comes out that way,” she says. “I get to sing it, and that’s even better.”