Thursday, January 29, 2009

Crowfield rides into Sunset (Sessions)

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 5:35 PM

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Local rock band Crowfield is gearing up for some big-time do'ins this month. Band manager Johnny Diamond (of Ten Star Talent) recently alerted the local media to fact that singer/pianist Joe Giant, lead singer/guitarist Tyler Mechem, drummer Parker Gins and company were heading out to Carlsbad, California (near San Diego) next week to play a Valentine's Day set at the “industry-only” Sunset Sessions Triple A Radio Conference. “It’s a AAA format radio conference thingy,” says Mechem. “We’ll be the only band not on a major or mid-major label out there." Bassist Johnny Gray (formerly of Jump) and guitarist Micah Nichols join the band for the trip.

The City Paper an a brief preview in this week's Music Board, and local writer Devin Grant gave the band some love in the Post and Courier's Preview this week as well.

Crowfield performs at the Pour House on Saturday, Jan. 31 with Nick Pagliari opening the show. "The guys have a really special night planned, so it's not going to just be another 'Crowfield' show," says Diamond. "The band has some surprises in store for the audience."

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With the release of a well-produced, critically acclaimed debut album titled Goodnight, Goodbye, So Long Midwestern (Ten Star) and a series of successful tours, 2008 was a banner year for Crowfield. Already, this year looks to be an even busier and fruitful time for the band. They expanded their groove-based style into a more focused and soulful modern alternative-rock/Americana sound during the making of the new album. The Bridge at 105.5 put them in rotation over the winter and continues to play various songs from the collection. Clear Channel country station WEZL even snagged the song “Jesus in My Pocket” for several spins.

“We have some great stuff going,” says Mecham. “We’re so flattered and gracious for the radio stations’ support."

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