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Annapolis-based act Kings of Crownsville is a roots rock band with a New Orleans flavor. Think Louis Armstrong meets Steely Dan.

The brainchild of guitarist/singer/songwriter Steve Johnson, the Kings play a rollicking, entertaining set that stirs Americana, Jazz and Blues into the mix. This accessible, likable band of experienced musicians performs mainly Johnson’s witty original tunes as well as a few well-chosen covers with a hint of Louisiana spice.

Their signature horn section transports listeners to the streets of the Big Easy, while they also add precise three- and four-part vocal harmonies to their musical gumbo.


Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club, Patterson Theater (Creative Alliance of Baltimore), Baltimore Blues Society, Cabaret at Germano’s, An Die Musik Live, The Bayou, Metropolitan Kitchen, Café 49 West, etc.

Outdoor concerts at Artscape (Baltimore), Baltimore Book Festival, Annapolis Towne Center, Summer Concert Series at Maryland Hall (Annapolis), Annapolis City Dock-Rock the Dock, Bethesda Free Summer Concerts, Frederick, MD Summer Concert Series; Carlisle, PA, Quiet Waters Summer Concert Series, etc.


  • Interview on WRNR FM 103.1 Voices of the Chesapeake Bay with Michael Buckley
  • Featured on WYPR (NPR) Baltimore, Midday with Dan Rodricks and The Sheilah Kast Show with Tom Hall
  • Airplay on WTMD, WRNR, Sirius XM
  • Feature stories in Chesapeake Taste (monthly magazine) and The Capital (Annapolis, daily newspaper)
  • Review in Jazz Times


“Sweltering mélange of jazz, blues, and even country … music as good as this can leave some speechless."
Jazz Times

“Upbeat, funny, interesting, thought provoking, melodic and highly entertaining. Musical textures reminiscent of Jack Johnson, Steely Dan, John Meyer and even classic Dr. John. Anything groovy, fun and powerful.” Indies Shark

“An impressive band that delivers rock solid playing…as good as it gets in modern Americana/Blues/Rock.” Skope

“Well-crafted pieces and top tiered musicianship. There’s some incredible moments on this CD. Many songs simply personify the human experience…talent deserving of recognition around Maryland.” All Whats Rock


  • Music from Body and Soul (2002)
  • Live at Quiet Waters Park (2010)
  • Waiting There For Me (2012)
  • A Person Like You (2018)


Steve Johnson: guitar, vocals; Ed Justice: trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion and vocals; Jim Tavener: trombone, trumpet, percussion, and vocals; Mike McCormick: keyboards and vocals; David Vermette: bass and vocals; Rob Creath: drums.


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