One of the best alt-country groups to emerge from the Toronto music scene in the 1990s, Crybaby featured a soulful twang and the sensual ache of Rae Billing's vocals. The band released one brilliant recording, 1996's Paintings, but sadly broke up before a second album was released. Since then, Billing has made several first-rate solo albums, including Blue Black Night and Walls and Fences, all showcasing her songs of rare honesty and intelligence and what one observer calleld her "gutsy femininity."
Now, Billing and Crybaby are back for a series of special 20th anniversary reunion concerts, including a one-night only appearance Dec. 1 at Toronto's Cadillac Lounge. Fans of the much-missed rootsy five-piece band couldn't be happier.
Check out the Crybaby classic "Underground" from Paintings.