By Bad Seed
A word-of-mouth sensation in western Canada since her teens, the independent-minded Allison Crowe made her first national television appearance on the Vicki Gabereau show in January, 2002. (TV talk-show host Gabereau - dubbed "The Queen of Chat" - is the Canadian counterpart to such American hosts as Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey.) Here Allison talks a bit about her hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada - which has produced such jazz musicians as Diana Krall, and sisters Ingrid and Christine Jensen. And, she identifies some early inspirations - The Little Mermaid, Pearl Jam, Janis Joplin and Joan Osborne. This interview segment is intro to a performance of Crowe's song "Crayon and Ink".