Once again O'Henry's at Brookwood will have live entertainment. Join us Saturday, January 30th at 7:30 p.m. to hear Birmingham native Alyssa Crisswell and her band sue scrofa.
Birmingham, Alabama native Alyssa Crisswell started recording under the name Sue Scrofa in 2007. Crisswell's pseudonym, a play on the Latin term for swine, came from her long time affection for pigs. Her music is a mix of indie-pop, folk and country featuring Crisswell on vocals, piano and ukelele. She began writing songs while attending Emerson College in Boston and recorded them at her house in rural Alabama during breaks from school. Using her dad's old recording equipment and her parents and friend John Paul Foster as accompanying musicians, Crisswell wrote, arranged and produced her first album, Alabamulance, which she self-released in June 2008.
Crisswell came up with the title Alabamulance when she misread a sign that said "ambulance" on her way home from the subway in Boston one night. The album is inspired by the contrast of living in both urban New England and rural Alabama, and in it Crisswell explores the bittersweet feeling of changing homes. Her arrangements are textured with folksy ukelele and banjo, weeping guitars and ethereal flute, all wrapped in the warm nostalgia of singing on the porch in late summer. Crisswell's voice is the signature instrument with its sweet but salty soulfulness, seasoned with elements of folk, jazz, country and a 60s girl group vibe.
In her live set she sings and plays ukelele and keyboard accompanied by guitar, upright bass, banjo and drums. She couples her own compositions with some of the classic jazz and folk songs she grew up on. With her charming stage persona and evocative voice, Sue Scrofa live is a special blend of vintage folk, indie-pop and country flair that is truly one-of-a-kind.
Currently, Crisswell is back in Alabama recording the second Sue Scrofa album, White Cat, which is scheduled for release in early 2010.
-Semi-finalist for Prairie Home Companion's "Talented 20s" Competition 2008
-Music Video for "5 Seashells" by director Ethan Feldbau named official selection in the 2008 Boston Underground Film Festival
-Recorded songs for the soundtrack to the feature film Everything A Monster Is Not by director Daniel Scheinert 2009
For more on Sue Scrofa please visit www.myspcace.com/suescrofa