Crooked Sparrow is the combination of award-winning singer songwriters Valeria Stewart and Kevin Dudley. They are joined by fiddler Jenny Smith. There is never a dull moment with the blend of Texas, Latin America, Folk and Americana roots in this trio’s music.
Valeria is originally from Argentina and grew up in the DC area. She has been performing in the DMV area for many years, first with the Stewart Sisters, and later as half of the award-winning duo Luna. Valeria’s songs have a blend of latin, folk, jazz, and Americana roots. The Luna EP ‘The Alchemist’s Journey’, was released in 2020.
Kevin hails from Texas and is well-known in the DC area as an award-winning singer-songwriter and performer as well as a member of the band the Snake Farmers. Kevin recorded with Luna on their 2020 EP. His 2012 CD, Texarkana Diner, was produced by Kathy Fink. He brings his mix of western swing, blues, and a deep soul to Crooked Sparrow.
Jenny is a public-school teacher and has been playing her violin for over 20 years. She studied under the Russian violinist Dana Mazurkevich, and at age 13 toured Europe with her Boston youth orchestra. She has played with The Stewart Sisters and the Difficult Run band. She now adds beautiful depth and outstanding tonality to the instrumentals and original songs of Crooked Sparrow.
Larry (Trade Roots Concert attendee)
“We attended tonight and LOVED the venue. Wonderful music: Kevin brings country twang, and Valeria has a sweet, melodic voice. Together their harmony is rapturous. Sounds like melted butter to my ears!!"
Zekemia (Three Whistles Concert attendee)
“Thank you, Valeria for such a fabulous night of music. I was stunned by how talented you and your bandmates are. I enjoyed your multi-dimensional set list. You are not bound by one type of genre/style of music. And the song writing, vocals, and shared musician ship was at a professional level. Even when you played a cover, I thought you made it your own, put a twist on your interpretation of it. I can see you are a real musician and music just flows out of you. I will definitely come out again and see you play again."
Janet Lewis (Host, Concerts at the Sevareid House)
“Crooked Sparrow combines musicianship and song-writing chops into a melodic mix. Several Sevareid House patrons mentioned how much they enjoyed their set and would seek them out locally in the future."