Genre: Funkadelic Rock, Classic Rock

Sounds like: Steely Dan, John Meyer, Dr. John

The Good Amazing songs, playing, vocals 

The Bad Nothing to Report

The Ugly Nothing to Report

The Band 5 out of 5

The Music 5 out of 5

The Songs 5 out of 5

The Vibe 5 out of 5

The Production 5 out of 5

The Verdict 5 out of 5






The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from Funk-Jazz-Rock band King of Crownsville entitled Waiting There for Me released in 2012.


The band 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). The playing abilities of this band are flawless across the board. I would say they possess advanced/elite playing abilities and advanced/elite writing abilities. Timing seems to be spot on within the Funkadelic Rock grooves. Johnson's voice is effective as he delivers many solid vocal performances that match the style of music perfectly. The music 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. The songs Above average songs. Very simple yet effective, conservative, highly original, and passionate It strikes the prefect balance between classic rock and just a dash of bluesy rock and even folksy rock popular in the 70's. Johnson and company are clearly being himself as songwriters and performers and this is what emerges. My favorite song on the CD is a toss up between "Money in America" and "Yellow Butterfly Tattoo." The vibe Great vibe. Perfect for late night college parties, coffeehouses, or even magazine shops. The production delivers a lot of earthy musical variety. Honorable mentions go out to amazing musicianship of Johnson and company who is just as impressive on the fret-board I might add. He is no doubt a musical mastermind. I give him high marks for not being afraid to let it all hang out musically. These cats are not trying to be some popish artist striving for mass appeal because they enjoy just being themselves musically. The CD refuses to try to hard and thatís what makes it so amazing The good Very likeable, marketable record, amazing songs, fun to listen to. The bad Nothing to report. The ugly Nothing to report.


The verdict Waiting There for Me by Kings of Crownsville is a solid release. The songwriting is clearly above average. The production gets itís point across. Again  the most amazing thing about this CD is Johnson's vocals and impressive guitar playing abilities. This band has got good instincts live or in the studio - and is clearly a premier band in Maryland.  Fans of carefree Funkadelic Rock will love them no doubt.


Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic




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