Blair Crimmins is unabashedly old school. Specifically, 1920s Prohibition-era America old school. Crimmins, along with his band, The Hookers, are leading a Dixieland Jazz and ragtime revival. Creating a cacophony of sound with banjo, horns, and keys, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers take listeners on a time-altering journey to an era of speakeasies and bootleggers at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Sept. 9, at 7 p.m.
“Blair Crimmins & The Hookers will make a jazzbo out of you,” writes James Man, of Ink 19, a music publication in the Southeast U.S. “This ain’t your great-grandfather’s ragtime, and Blair Crimmins isn’t any quaint Dixieland revivalist.”
Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. While playing small rock clubs around the Southeast, he developed a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now, four years and 500 shows later, he has toured the country playing large venues and has opened for acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans-style horn section consisting of trumpet, clarinet and trombone.
His debut 2010 release, “The Musical Stylings Of,” became a college radio sensation on WRAS Atlanta, making him the most requested band on the air. In 2012, Crimmins showed his musical diversity by writing and recording the full score for the independent short film, “Old Man Cabbage.” The following year, Crimmins was the critics pick for Best Song Writer of 2013 in Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL issue.
His last album, “Sing-a-longs!” went to #21 on the EuroAmerican radio chart and earned him a nomination at The Georgia Music Awards for Best Jazz Artist. Crimmins has now released his anticipated fourth studio album, “You Gotta Sell Something.”
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at lincolncityculturalcenter.org or at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, located at 540 NE Highway 101.