Sugarcane Jane: Meet America’s sweethearts

by | Feb 13, 2024

Meet Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee from Sugarcane Jane

Sugarcane Jane, led by Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee from Loxley, Alabama —has been America’s sweethearts from Alabama’s Gulf Coast for over a decade. Between them, they have amassed a rich musical heritage working with such notables as Neil Young, Steve Winwood, and Dwight Yoakam. Comparable to Shovels & Rope or The Wood Brothers, their music is melodic and direct, rooted in Country and Rock, and anchored by their sweet and soulful harmonies. 1 In Music got an exclusive with the duo.

1 In Music: The Sound of SugarCane Jane: What is unique about you and your music?

The vocal harmony is our trademark.

Anthony Crawford [Anthony]: We are a 3-piece duo; The amount of sound we generate live is due to our instrumentation. Acoustic guitar (played thru amp and pedals like an electric guitar); A kick drum for low end thump; And bass guitar. The vocal harmony though is our trademark.

Savana Lee [Savana]: Anthony’s music (he’s the writer) has always sounded original to me. As long as I’ve known him (23 years), I’ve never seen him listen to other music. I think by doing that, it keeps you from sounding like anyone else. Also being that we are a couple truly in love with each other, it seems to translate into the music through the harmony.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee from Sugarcane Jane

Anthony: Leaving the constraints of the Nashville music matrix. We have the most dedicated fan base that appreciate true artistry.

Savana: I’ve been a big listener and learner of music since I was about five years old. So many influences but the ones that really stand out through the years are Hank Williams, Lucinda Williams, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers. Buzz Cason has been a huge supporter of our music.

1 In Music: When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Anthony: The day I got a real job and worked one week to make the same as I could make in one night playing guitar while having a beer.

Savana: I’ve been dreaming of doing this for a living since I was five years old.

1 In Music: I already know Anthony’s answer to this but all the same, what type of music do you listen to?

Anthony: I do not listen to music anymore. I did in my younger days. Silence is what I seek.

Savana: I rarely listen to other people’s music anymore, mainly because I don’t have time. Three kids will keep you busy.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

Anthony: That would be many including us. It’s still a pay to play business.

Savana: Older artists in general seem to be undervalued. The music business typically is looking for young artists although the older ones to me truly have something to say that make them more interesting.
I’d like to see Joy Lynn White back in the headlines or Jonell Mosser. Iris Dement is another who deserves more of a spotlight.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

Anthony: We don’t. After thousands of shows we have our groove imbedded. We will go over new songs .

Savana: Again with three kids, it can be very challenging. Most shows involve trying to feed my kids before I leave or line up babysitting, get gifts for the kid’s friend’s birthday parties, pack merchandise, etc.
If we have new material, I really do have to carve out time during my week to practice. Otherwise we typically just go and do what we do. We’ve been doing this for fifteen years so we could perform probably for 8 hours straight without stopping if we needed to.

1 In Music: What do you do apart from music that you are also passionate about?

Anthony: I live in my studio. And I built a golf facility on our property to get sunshine.

Savana: I love gardening. I’ve been successful growing okra, corn, and tomatoes on our land. I really enjoy seeing the life of the plants in the yard. Being outside and getting fresh air and sunshine is addicting too.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

Anthony: Standing next to Savana knowing she loves the music and me.

Savana: Enjoying what you do for a living and being able to pay your bills without struggle.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

Anthony: Define success outside of the realm of financial gain. Freedom is everything.

Savana: No one will care about your career more than you do. Be as independent as you can. Grow your career one fan at a time.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

Anthony: A road trip in May to Northern California for two weeks.

Savana: Yes! Our eleventh studio album On a Mission is coming out March 1, 2024.

Wow, good luck with it all and thank you for the interview! Before we part, where can we find your music?

Anthony: our website

Savana: Our website has ALL of our music (11 albums) but you can find 3 of them including the new release on all the typical streaming platforms.