Seeing the Crow Quill Night Owls perform is like stepping back in time to a moment when prohibition reigned and jug bands were all the rage. They are utterly believable, completely in character, they look like they live the life of the music they play. Formed in 2007 by Kit “Stymee” Stovepipe (on National steel guitar and vocals) and Windy City Alex (on tenor banjo and vocals) they were joined by Baylin Adaheer on washtub bass in 2011. The now group fluctuates from a duo to a six person band and often features members of other bands in similar genres.
The Crow Quill Night Owls play a mix of early blues, jazz, pop songs, ragtime, jug band, and hillbilly music from the 1920s and 1930s. They also put their love of old silent films, comics, and bizarre cartoons of the past into the original artwork they create for their albums. They’ve played from west coast to east coast, on street corners, at festivals, in rundown bars, house shows, big concert halls, and down in the subways, performing strange early American Music on makeshift and traditional instruments.