After Aaron Lee Tasjan won an award for performing a selection from the Duke Ellington songbook at New York’s Lincoln Center, he was offered a scholarship to the esteemed Berklee College of Music. But like many others, the party lifestyle became more of a priority than his studies, so Tasjan left for Brooklyn and a band called Semi-Precious Weapons. From there, he had stints playing guitar for the New York Dolls and Drivin 'N' Cryin. All along Tasjan wrote songs and played solo gigs in-between being a hired hand. And so Crooked River Burning was released on Rockwood Music Hall Recordings.