Why This Former Neil Young Guitarist and His Wife Are Making Pro-Trump Music: Sugarcane Jane Interview

In this interview with The Federalist, the husband-and-wife duo behind Sugarcane Jane explains their support for President Trump, reflects on their time in the music industry, and even gives an impromptu performance. Anthony Crawford spent years playing guitar in Neil Young’s band. He’s toured with Steve Winwood and Dwight Yoakam. His songs have been cut by Kenny Rogers, Lorrie Morgan, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among (many) others. Now, Crawford is making music to support Donald Trump. “How can you hate a man that’s draining the swamp and exposing all the greed?” he asks in “That’s What I See,” the latest single from Sugarcane Jane, a roots duo comprised of Crawford and his wife, Savana Lee.


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Sugarcane Jane are a great duo with country and rock roots combined with folk and intricate vocal harmonies with world class guitar and all-around musicianship. Ruffled Feathers; Songs In The Key Of Me is their new album and it was recorded recently after playing with an exceptional backing band on Dwight Yoakam’s 2019 tour. This duo of major proportions have been around the block and they have a wake up call for the world with this marvelous set of new tunes that take a deep look around and spread a message of hope needed in the new frontier of country and rock music.


“Feelings In A Song” gets things started off by telling it how the whole album will be as the songs flow from one end to the other, yet it stand on its own feat by setting things up to lay on the line. This song brings a lot to mind about what is going on around us in the year 2020, as the wagon moves along. Next up you get the perkiness of “I’m Gonna Grow” as if this is almost a progressive folk album with a concept that gets better as it goes, because it definitely-takes things up a notch.

“Answer Of The Day” keeps the energy high with another equally awesome and enjoyable song. The two voices swirl in and out of all the precise guitar lines as if they’ve been caught in an organic jam and magically captured it without having to polish it up. I would put this at the top of the playlist and leave it there, it’s that good. And then there is “Book Stories” which meets all standards, especially in the instrumental department. The words are fun but a little less interesting than the rest of the content on the album.

“Waiting On Answers” is as good as anything I’ve heard yet in 2020, and that’s saying a lot because I have heard a lot of music in the down time, and this drives the point without ramming it down your throat, and then it slows down for a fascinating part which centers around the album title. It doesn’t get any better than this for what it’s worth on all counts as music succeeds to heal through its powers to do so. “Let the Media” comes in and does the business even more and that’s when you can’t go back.


The rest of this album is gravy and very tasteful at that, with “Long Overdue” giving them a chance to shine and show their chops and keep the narrative going at the same time, killing two birds with one stone together. “That’s What I See” is one of the highlight tracks, and it should receive a lot of airplay because it’s a very radio friendly song. And the two final tracks make for some of the best music and vocals on the album, particularly the final cut “Holy Spirit” with some fine haunting guitar passages and no words needed to close this beautifully crafted album.

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Anthony Crawford spent years playing guitar in Neil Young’s band. He’s toured with Steve Winwood and Dwight Yoakam. His songs have been cut by Kenny Rogers, Lorrie Morgan, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among (many) others. Now, Crawford is making music to support Donald Trump.

“How can you hate a man that’s draining the swamp and exposing all the greed?” he asks in “That’s What I See,” the latest single from Sugarcane Jane, a roots duo comprised of Crawford and his wife, Savana Lee. In the accompanying video, shared first with The Federalist, Crawford and Lee stand side-by-side, wielding their instruments and singing into a single lens.


It’s almost a Zoom-style aesthetic, fitting for a song that expresses an everyman endorsement of Trump, flavored by the angst and isolation of the summer. Crawford and Lee wrote and recorded “That’s What I See” in the same day late last month, at their studio in rural Alabama. “I’ve had enough of standing on the sidelines,” declares Crawford, “gonna get my skin in the game.”

Sugarcane Jane is set to play at an upcoming Trump fundraiser in Florida. “That’s What I See” is the latest single off “Ruffled Feathers,” which came out earlier this month.

Asked about the song’s inspiration, the couple told The Federalist, “This is the most important election of our lifetime. We have three young children that we want to grow up in the same America that we did. Now is not the time to be silent.”

“We felt we had no choice but to come out in support of President Trump,” they continued. “The man has been taking body blows for the last four years undeservedly, yet still continuing to accomplish so much for the American people.”

I wondered what reaction Sugarcane Jane received from their peers in the industry after revealing their support for the president. “We knew by supporting him, we would polarize ourselves with at least half of our fan base,” they emailed, “but we made that sacrifice to support the President and our core values.”

Crawford and Lee said they “were told by multiple music promoters that they would pass on the album, even though they have promoted our previous releases.”

“Clearly their bias and hatred towards President Trump could not be separated from their jobs. The music industry, like Hollywood, is run by the liberal elite,” the couple wrote. “We took a leap of faith and wanted to be counted among the conservative community. It’s the least we could do for our country. Whatever happens with this album, we are proud of it and all it stands for. God bless the USA.”

Emily Jashinsky is culture editor at The Federalist. You can follow her on Twitter @emilyjashinsky .

MOBANGELES - The Alabama duo Sugarcane Jane hits home with Latest Album

The Alabama duo Sugarcane Jane hits home with Ruffled Feathers; Songs In The Key Of Me – with a smashing Americana treat full of songs that touch on everything from self-awareness to gratitude and worldly concerns. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Admiral Bean Studio in Loxley, Alabama. 10 songs by Savanna Lee and Anthony Crawford, both getting their music and words in edgewise. Most of the songs are thought provoking of the times because it was recently recording in one week, so it’s a fresh collecting of consistently good and a currently modern subjects around some fabulous country music. 


“Feelings In A Song” puts it out there for all to hear without hesitation, making the point of the album clear and actually serving to get it out of the way and get on with more where it came from. You get the picture and it’s good to see it follows with every single track from front to back. “I’m Gonna Grow Me A Mind” should rings some bells just looking at the title to know where the heads of these fine musicians are at. The album sprouts wings and flies from this point south with the best of ‘em. 

“Answer Of The Day” plays in the same vein of the previous cut but only gets better with every word, as it features some fun lyrics about outcome culture and what’s happening all around us, as do many of the songs on Ruffled Feathers; Songs In The Key Of Me. As where “Good Book Stories” cruises along before the dominance returns with “Waiting On Answers” getting back to doing the business about the album’s running theme. The answer could very well be “Let The Media Die” as far as Sugarcane Jane are concerned, letting the people know what’s going on with a critical viewpoint. 


“Long Overdue” is one of the coolest songs on offer. I love everything about this, hook, line, and sinker it is a great song that not enough can be said about. This is one of the tracks to get the most spins from me so far, but a few others are not far behind. I just like it the most, so far, and it might stay that way it might not, but it contends with a few including the next one. “That’s What I See” with its middle of the road, almost pop laden groove. 

“Wake Up America” has to also be one of the highlights of them all here, because the shouting gets more intense and the energy at this far down the track list comes as a surprise, just when you think there still might be a chance of some filler. Not a chance, every song on this album cuts it, not a doubt in my mind about that. It could even be possible that they saved the best for last, but on this one it could be debated because there are no vocals. However, what the closing track “Holy Spirit” does bring is some choice unexpected virtuosity out of nowhere to leave you with. 

Michael Rand




Sugarcane Jane are a long running duo from the gulf of Alabama with a major stance to be heard about the current shape of the world without being overly political about it, to spread more peace and healing through the love of music. I really enjoyed this album, specifically because music during these times is coming in handy as relief to the depressing state of the nation and Ruffled Feathers; Songs In The Key Of Me” hits the spot for it. The album was recorded very quickly, so it is precise and on to the point, as it should be.


The 10 tracks on this album are current reflections, so they are easy to understand and it’s American roots rock with mainstream values. I like the opening track “Feelings In A Song” because it doesn’t move away from its own title and you can’t knock a song that stays on its own topic. “I’m Gonna Grow Me A New Mind” seems to be about getting away from the current forms of mind control and thinking for yourself for a change when people are so polarized by what is on TV. It could always mean more than that, but it would be hard to miss in the words to the song.

“Answer Of The Day,” while one of the album’s finest tracks, also has a tendency keep the subject going and bring a bittersweet reaction once you absorb this song and reflect on your civics participation levels. It makes you reflect, and that can be both a good and a bad thing but it’s nevertheless important. The social interaction that it provokes is real, and not everyone wants to deal with it. “Good Book Stories” and Waiting On Answers” both get their messages across without any fuss and bother as the bubble right along.

“Let The Media Die” is the get even song of the disc, with a wry look at the devices in our hands and suggesting we set it all down and let it die instead of continuing to consume it like our last meals and it’s a solid number built around some great guitar playing. But things cool down to more of a calm way of saying the same things on “Long Overdue” which goes on about what is exactly that. The vocal harmonies are amazing on this one track alone, to give kudos to the vocals of this duo of Anthony Crawford and Savanna Lee.

“That’s What I See” is the most accessible track on the record, with a focus on the lyrics with a big chorus on what is an overall superior moment with Crawford taking the lead vocals. But it’s not over with “Waking Up America” proves to have even more to say about the situation and it does so with the most energy to be found, so it’s worth the wait. And what a groovy track it is, before closing with the truly delightful instrumental “Holy Spirit” with its wonderfully spooky guitars. This album gets top marks without question.

John McCall

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