New album Gilder out now.

If Crosby’s name isn’t immediately familiar, his keyboard/violin/guitar playing most likely is. The multi-instrumental virtuoso has toured and recorded with a who’s who of legendary artists, including Jackson Browne, Susan Tedeschi, Pete Seeger, Eric Clapton, among others. He’s graced the stages of the world’s biggest festivals and appeared on television everywhere from The Tonight Show and Austin City Limits to Jools Holland and the GRAMMY Awards.

  • “I’ve always wanted to do a solo piano album, something that’s been on my mind for a long time,” he says.

    “When Neal Casal passed away suddenly three years ago, I was asked to play on a tribute album for him and I played one of his pieces. I’d found a piece that would really work great for solo piano, and that was the first time I’d done any solo piano on record.

    “Then when I was on the road with Jackson Brown, I played it for those guys. Multiple people in that band had said, at different times, that I should make a solo piano album,” he recalls. “And it was serendipitous in that Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) and Joe Poletto (Blue Rose) were also saying the same thing at the same time, and those people weren’t even talking to each other. So within the span of few weeks, I was getting all these signals that I should be doing this.”

    In 2021, he lost his younger brother, Christopher Crosby, a fellow musician who’d been working as a librarian for the past two decades.

    “I dedicated this album to album to him and wanted to have one of his songs on it,” Crosby explains.



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