Kings of Crownsville – Waiting There for Me

KOC4Kings of Crownsville – Waiting There for Me
by Mindy McCall edited by Joshua Beach

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Overall Rating: 5/5

From Maryland comes an amazing band known as Kings of Crownsville who just released their latest effort “Waiting There for Me’ (2012). The Kings are strongly established in that region and this latest release is a collection of 10 amazing songs. I always listen to the opening track extremely carefully. It’s the opening track the artist has selected to hit your ears first and foremost. The opening title track set the stage perfectly for a CD like this. It was a great intro piece that stuck in my head and had me eager for what lied ahead. All in all the whole CD is brilliantly delivered with a richly woven Folk, Rock, Americana-ish textures yet with songs that have a serious popish staying power and top shelf musicianship. Music will remind you of Fleet Foxes, Robin Pecknold, Bob Iver, and Local Natives, The Tallest Man on Earth and Iron & Wine. To be honest I can’t say enough about Kings of Crownsville and their overall likeability. Band includes an bine crushing line-up of accomplished players: Rob Creath (Drums), John Harris (Trombone), Ed Justice (Trumpet) Steve Johnson (Lead Vocals and Guitar), Mike McCormick (Keyboards), Peter Miller (Bass), Jim Teverner (Trombone and Trumpet) Peter Katz (Tuba). “Waiting There for Me” captures a pretty straight forward sound but it really grabs the listener right from the get go. The Kings have a sound that favors many male classic pop artists like Don McLean but with a gun slinger attitude. I’ve never heard an artist so skillfully combine so many consistent songs into one record. Weather this is by design or simply by accident it’s amazing.

The songs that stuck with me the most was the title track

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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. These guys are very capable players (especially behind a six string and the proof is in the picking). But it’s obvious to me his primary goal as an artist is to make this world a better place one song at a time. If that’s sounds corny so be it.

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