The Crumbs

The Crumbs


"The musical composite of the synergy is definitely exploring a fresh, unconventional spin on conventional bluegrass in a traditional setting, but they present bluegrass renditions of decidedly unbluegrassy material (Rocky Horror, Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads to name a few)" - Peter Read


Years ago the breakup of a rock band just before a scheduled gig forced two musicians to become a duo. On the fly, at a gig booked for the now nonexistent band, they masqueraded as country boys from the hills; The Crumbs, brothers Elijah and Ezra. The two prefaced their show with the assertion that they “didn’t have no T.V.” where they were from, but they “sure loved that radio” and proceeded to play bluegrass covers of "decidedly unbluegrassy material." This idea developed organically between the two. The show was a hit and the backstory accepted by many at face value, to the delight of the two founders. Over the next 7 years The Crumbs (guitarist/lead singer Dave Holland and bassist Brandon Patterson) recruited the talented Smilin’ Bob (banjo, washboard, vocals), Jeff Scholtes (mandolin, vocals), Joshua Brown (mandolin, vocals), and Rachel Ammons (fiddle, vocals).
Now their set list, made up of both covers and original songs, spans the range of musical styles from 20's jazz to Seattle grunge, classic rock to bluegrass, Pink Floyd, ACDC, Talking Heads and Led Zep to traditional Irish drinking songs.
The strengths of The Crumbs set them apart from other bands in a number of ways. Firstly, the set list appeals in a novel way to a surprisingly varied demographic. Even individuals who don’t like bluegrass come away smiling. Contributing to this widely diversified base of appeal is one of their uncommon strengths; The Crumbs are expert crowd readers and tailor the show spontaneously to suit the venue and the people in it. They recognize the imporantance not only of original songs, but of playing songs that people Know. The usual Crumbs show is 3 sets of 45 minutes, although with hundreds of songs at their disposal, they could very well play for more than 24 hours without repeating one.
It could almost go without saying that the musical execution is top-notch. Each of The Crumbs has outstanding musical skill and admirable mastery over his/her instrument, making complex and fast passages sound easy. It is no coincidence that 3 members are employed teaching music.
The icing on the cake is the rare kinship that the individuals in the band share. Years of playing, traveling, working (3 of the crumbs are employed by the same music store), camping and barbequing together have helped these professionals forge a close bond that the audience senses not only from the smooth and sophisticated sound of their back and forth improvisation, but also from the energy and dynamic between members where stage presence is concerned. The Crumbs are dedicated to the music, the crowds, and each other. It is obvious from watching the group that they are having a wonderful time, and that is part of what makes this close-knit band so attractive.
They have together or separately shared the stage or bill with Emmylou Harris, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Clark Terry, Louie Bellison, Jerry Garcia Band, Don Bailey, Gary Hutchison, Vince Neil, Victor Wooten, Los Lonely Boys, Chris Thomas King, Wanda Watson, Shadygruve, and New York City drummer John Panikkar. The Crumbs played every single Thursday at the Hamburger Barn in Fort Smith, AR for over two years, to capacity crowds – now that’s dependable. For the past year The Crumbs have done the same at Hero’s Food and Spirits. This year the same individuals will open Bluesfest for The Robert Cray Band.
The Crumbs’ unique approach to music can rock harder than much larger ensembles, without overpowering smaller venues. This band is part of a very small percentage of musicians that can unplug the instruments and play acoustic if the mood strikes. Any place, any time, any crowd; this band fits the bill.


The Crumbs are featured on 95.3 The Rebel out of Fort Smith and have recently released two studio albums.

Set List

The typical Crumbs show spans 3 sets of 45 minutes each, but depending on the crowd's excitement, sets can stretch to an hour. If The Crumbs were booked to play an old Bluegrass festival, they would tend to play from the traditional end of the pool, with numbers such as Foggy Mountain Breakdown or Little Maggie. If booked in a lively college town club, they would tend to play more rock songs and recent radio hits, throwing in some fast-paced bluegrass curveballs for good measure. The crowd always loves that. The Crumbs' repertoire includes hundreds of songs, but a small cross-section is listed below -

Time Warp (film:rocky horror picture show)
Devil's Dream
Wild Rover
What does the deep sea say (Doc Watson)
Coccaine/Brick in the wall (Pink Floyd)
Way downtown
foggy mountain breakdown
going to california (Led Zep)
gotta get drunk
snowing in denver (the crumbs)
jug of punch
Get my baby outta jail
Deep Dark Hole (Yonder Mountain String Band)
Other Side (The Crumbs)
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