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"We fondly and proudly call the Kings of Crownsville our house band at the Cabaret at Germano's. This exciting roots rock band with a decidedly New Orleans flavor stirs Americana, Blues, and Jazz into the mix. Band leader Steve Johnson's original songs are destined to become classics."
Cyd Wolf, Executive Producer Cabaret at Germano's

The Kings made a radio appearance in Baltimore on WYPR
The Sheilah Kast Show with Tom Hall.

 KOC Best Blues Band Finalist   
 of Baltimore 2012 by
 Baltimore Blues Society



About the Waiting There For Me CD
  • "If there was one word I would use to describe Kings of Crownsville it would be consistent. This CD will simply make your day more entertaining, but there is an undeniable passion beneath all this."
    Rock n'Roll View

  • "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. If you like those kinds of artists you will no doubt get a kick out of this CD." Indies Shark

  • "All songs are amazing via well-crafted pieces and top tiered musicianship. There’s some incredible moments on this CD. Many songs simply personify the human experience which gives Kings of Crownsville an amazing feel in it’s attempt to connect with a cult fanbase locally or abroad. Kings of Crownsville have proven themselves with this latest release, and are clearly a talent deserving of recognition around Maryland. All 8 members are clearly capable songwriters, artists, producers and musicians." All Whats Rock

  • "This CD is invigorating in the sense that it will lift your spirits, and give you a sense of hope that good time rock n’ roll has not officially dead yet; is a solid release with many feel good grooves with a blues-rock guitar driven sound and entertaining vibe. At the end of the day Kings of Crownsville give us a fresh glimpse at an amazing band." The Grateful Web

About the Live at Quiet Waters Park CD
Reviews and Quotes About the Kings of Crownsville
  • "Homegrown Americana boogie blues and big band rockin' swing jazz is a chunky description of the Kings. The 6-piece band blends guitar, bass, drums, piano, trumpet, trombone, and vocal harmony. The result: a robust, polished sound that makes for easy toe-tapping and dancing. The secret is out: their monthly gigs at the intimate Italian restaurant, Café Mezzonote, are not to be missed."

    Stephen Perraud, The Live Wire, June 2011

  • ". . . sweltering mélange of jazz, blues, and even country." ". . . music as good as this can leave some JazzTimesspeechless."

    Leslie Connors, Click here to read the full article.

  • "The Kings of Crownsville line up behind their eloquent songwriting with guitar, trombone, piano, bass, percussion and some sultry harmonic vocals. Over the years they have developed a sound that can take you from the streets of New Orleans out onto old Route 66. Picking up influences from nearly every page of the American songbook, you"ll want to hear these guys on your sound system as you drive to Anywhere, U.S.A. No kidding, these guys are a great night out."

    Chanssez Wilkerson, Adek Productions, Annapolis MD

  • "The Kings of Crownsville were a hit at The Mainstay. This is no small accomplishment in a hall which has hosted some of the famed national acts, especially in jazz . . . Preservation Hall, The Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band, Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Warren Vache . . . and the list goes on. The Kings combine a kind of freewheeling swing with touches of a New Orleans band . . . and the added touch of wonderfully tight arranging. With just two horns they manage to sound like a full line. An added asset to this fine group is the work of singer songwriter, Steve Johnson. Often original songs are the weakest part of an act, but Kings feature his songs and they are solid musically with lyrics that will make you laugh sometimes, and sometimes just quietly think. Altogether, an excellent show. And add to this that they are a nice group of guys."

    Tom McHugh, Director, The Mainstay . . ."home of musical magic" . . .

  • "To dance or to listen, that is the question surrounding The Kings of Crownsville, a 6 piece musical surprise! Fascinating original music and lyrics and excellent choices of covers sprinkled throughout the evening . . . former New Orleans resident lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Steve Johnson, offers a straight ahead husky, blues voice full of energy. The Kings play driving blues, jazz, pop and rock and then switch to the perfect use of the lilting reggae beat. The rhythms are right for the dance and the musical antics and twists are cause to pause, watch and listen. Fun and delightful, the on-stage persona of this group is almost humble. The tasteful uses of percussion instruments are just right . . . driving drums yet subtle and in balance. Vocal harmonies, well blended and appropriately placed within the songs, provide a really fun surprise. The Kings horns range from an intense brass blast to tasteful close harmonies giving songs a certain unexpected flair. The group is underpinned by the smooth, agile, highly creative bass guitarist using multiple techniques from slappin' to walkin' and beyond, as well as the talented pianist whose musical ideas flow through his fingers without stopping. I loved this group! They are a must to hear!!! Mostly playing over the Bay Bridge, we hope they will return soon to play in Chestertown."

    Barbara Ferris, Entertainment Booking Manager - Retired Lulu's Bar Chestertown, MD

  • "You guys sound like Louis Armstrong meets Steely Dan."

    Tom Boddorff, friend and fan from Annapolis, MD

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