Crowfield's journey to the national stage has been accompanied by breakups and breakdowns, tempered by successes and letdowns, and defined by the act of giving a little more when there was nothing left to give. Since the band's creation in 2008, their music has evolved from a vintage Americana sound that reflected their Heartland roots to a more modern and slightly edgy style of Rock and Roll.
Indiana natives Tyler Mechem and Joe Giant formed the band that would come to be known as Crowfield when they relocated to Charleston, SC in 2005. In 2008, they caught the ear of acclaimed producer Rick Beato. Crowfield's premier album "Goodbye, Goodnight, So Long Midwestern" (Ten Star Records) soon followed. The addition of drummer Parker Gins and guitarist, Micah Nichols, and a frenetic touring schedule led to bigger crowds and more illustrious venues.
Throughout this evolution, however, the sincere and often heart wrenching lyrics of lead singer Tyler Mechem have continued to resonate with listeners.
It was this charisma that drew the attention of several major labels in 2009 and 2010. The band eventually signed with Universal Records and the William Morris Endeavor Agency. While the record deal was short lived, as the record company's size conflicted with the intimate grassroots approach which led Crowfield to their initial success, the future is bright for this young band which enjoys a strong connection to a passionate fanbase.
A recent Kickstarter.com campaign raised nearly $20,000 towards a third album which will be released in Charleston on June 22nd and 23rd at The Windjammer. The band anticipates a busy touring schedule in the fall and has already lined up a major sponsor for the CD release tour. With new management and a new focus, Crowfield is well positioned for a breakthrough year in 2012 on the national scene.
Joel Frank of WCOO The Bridge 105.5 remarked about Crowfield's following in their hometown of Charleston - "I haven't seen this town come out for a band like this since Hootie & The Blowfish did it 15 years ago."
Steve Varholy of WXRY 99.3 in Columbia, SC introduced the band as "The band that is going to put South Carolina back on the map."