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As The Crow Flies

As The Crow Flies
June 2009
Charleston rock band Crowfield spreads its wings along the coast

Local outfit Crowfield has been burning up the road in a time-honored rock ’n’ roll right of passage. The stalwart band spent the spring soaring along the East Coast in support of the polished and heartfelt Goodbye, Goodnight, So Long Midwestern. Hints of the plaintive balladry of Train and Counting Crows are revealed in songs like “Give,” while “Love is Hell on the Lonely” would settle comfortably alongside Ryan Adams’ softer fare. This summer, the band plans to self-release a video for their first single, “Jesus in My Pocket,” currently receiving a nationwide radio push from M:M Music. Though he’s proud of the album, front man Tyler Mechem says, “The live show really gets people interested. We’re doing it the way we want to, and it’s starting to catch on.”

With the music business in disarray, Crowfield hops along the commercial ledge in search of a strategic perch, focusing on homegrown marketing spearheaded by local impresario and band manager Johnny Diamond. “Nobody works harder than these guys,” he says. Following a flock of bird-named bands—The Black Crowes, Counting Crows, J. D. Crowe, Old Crow Medicine Show—Crowfield may be the next in line to take flight.

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