Crow Johnson Evans
Monday, May 29, 2023
Monday, June 5, 2023
Performance Workshop, June 6-7, 2023
Crow Johnson Evans (nee Amy Lucia Goodenough) was born to a bohemian couple in NYC in 1944. Her father was a blind jazz musician and composer and her mother was a flighty flutist and visual artist. The year Crow was four they lived in the Maverick house as part of the Woodstock Arts community.
Raised in Houston and Austin, TX, she began making up songs and performing for audiences in 1962. In 1968 she had a degree in Zoology and a major recording deal in London, UK.
She’s shared stages with Guy Clark, Maria Muldar, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Steve Fromholtz, B.W. Stevenson, Bobby Bridger, Josh White Jr., Michael Johnson, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, and others. She toured until a dozen years ago when she chose to care for her aging parents.
In the early days it was unique for a woman to perform with banjo, piano, guitar, and harmonica--- doing all self-penned music and touring solo. But it was also unusual to build a cabin in the NW Arkansas woods and live there alone for a decade. For seven years she published the Zassafras Music News (ZMN), a zine about singer/songwriters well known and obscure. For that work and her music, she received the Spirit of Kerrville Award in 1995 and the Kate Wolf Memorial Award from the World Folk Music Association.
A dozen of her songs have been recorded by other artists: Mary MacGregor, Michael Johnson and Leo Kottke, Ann Armstrong, Claire Lynch and the Front Porch band, and Carey Creed. She’s taught songwriting workshops at colleges and at the Swannanoa Gathering and made six albums of her own. Crow’s appeared on Mountain Stage and Austin Connection... and multiple festivals..
Believing that everyone has a song worth listening to, she started the Crow’s Nest campfire at Kerrville. . where each person in the circle sings one song and passes the “focus” to the next player.
Crow is writing books, creating paintings, spinning yarns, weaving shawls, keeping a blog, teaching performance online, and encouraging others to reach a little farther.