Born Crooked: On The Straight and Narrow

Born Crooked: On The Straight and Narrow

Brother-sister duo from Charlottesville keeps the blues alive
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It’s all too easy to forget our roots. A lot of my generation is hung up on waiting for the next hot single or mixtape to drop, and forget to travel back in time. It’s hard to find the patience or consideration to drop the needle on an old Zeppelin album, taking note of each guitar screech and cymbal crash. Sadly the blues, a music with a rich and storied legacy, is largely overlooked in this day and age. Fortunately for all you old-souled music fans, there’s always a new generation coming around the bend, proudly carrying the torch for the blues. You may have heard of The Black Keys and The White Stripes, but there’s a new duo in town: Born Crooked.


Based out of Charlottesville, Virginia, siblings Hunter and ARE Wolfe make up Born Crooked, a blues rock duo steeped in tradition. Having grown up in a music-loving family, the pair has been surrounded by music of all genres practically all their lives. That being said, it’s always been the blues that’s called to the pair the strongest. Hunter, lead singer and guitarist, says the blues appeals to him because, “The blues is one of the most real music you can listen to… It is honest. It is undeniably genuine. It is written for the soul, by the soul, from the soul.” This passion translates flawlessly into Born Crooked’s sound. Between Hunter on vocals and electric guitar and ARE on drums, the two combine to churn out bare-bones, in-your-face blues rock.

Despite their young age, Born Crooked brings forth a presence and professionalism that is well beyond their years. Hunter’s vocals are confident, bombastic, and soulful, just like his guitar playing. He cranks out fuzzy, bluesy riffs with the best of them and harnesses dirty, swampy Delta Blues with slithering slide guitar licks. The old masters that influenced Born Crooked like Son House, Led Zeppelin, Blind Willie Johnson, and “Honeyboy” Edwards would be very proud.


As far as the other half of Born Crooked is concerned, drummer ARE is a thunderous beauty that lays down the boom whenever she sits at a kit. After being handed a pair of hand-me-down drumsticks from her brother, she knew without a doubt that drumming was what she wanted to do. According to Hunter, she had a knack for keeping the rhythm the second she sat down at a used drum kit she received one birthday. He says, “She was a natural talent, a prodigy, from the start.” This innate connection to the drums never fails to shine through as she serves as the band’s steady backbone on every single song.

If you don’t want to take my word for it that Born Crooked is a true blues revival on the rise, maybe the fact that Hunter and ARE are finalists in the Grammy Amplifier Competition is more convincing. After landing among the contest’s Top 10 contenders with 180,000 fan votes, Born Crooked is now in the final round of judging with country star Sam Hunt, rapper Big Sean and rock singer Lzzy Hale judging. The winner of this competition will have the unique option to either conduct a recording session with a Grammy winning producer, film a music video, or hold a spot on a major tour or festival. This kind of notice and recognition can only spell good news for the young blues duo and is solid proof that they are the real deal.

With two blistering singles already available on iTunes, “Track Marks” and “Hypnotize Me,” Born Crooked is wasting no time in getting their name out there to establish themselves as champions of the blues. Born Crooked is a bright glimmer of hope and huge stride in the right direction towards keeping the glory of the blues alive.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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