Banjoiste et chanteur Bluegrass US né le 27 Août 1937 à Lexington (Kentucky).
J.D. Crowe was one of the most influential progressive bluegrass musicians of
the '70s. Initially influenced by Earl
Scruggs, as well as rock & roll and the blues, Crowe worked his way through
several bands during the '60s, developing a distinctive instrumental style that
melded country, bluegrass, rock, and blues. Crowe didn't receive national
exposure until the early '70s when he formed the New South, but after the
release of the band's eponymous debut in 1972 he became a fixture on the
bluegrass scene for the next 20 years.
Born and raised in Lexington, KY, Crowe picked up the banjo when he was 13 years old, inspired by one of Flatt & Scruggs' performances on the Kentucky Barn Dance. After that show, he regularly attended the duo's performances, sitting down in the front row to study Scruggs' revolutionary picking. Soon, Crowe was playing with various groups in Kentucky, including an outfit that also featured Curley Parker and Pee Wee Lambert. The young banjo player frequently played on local radio stations, and that is where he got his first major break in 1956. Jimmy Martin was driving through Lexington when he heard Crowe on the radio station, and was so impressed with what he heard that he drove to the station and asked him to join his band, the Sunny Mountain Boys. Crowe immediately accepted and began touring with Martin. While he was in the Sunny Mountain Boys, Crowe didn't stick to a strict bluegrass set list he often added rock & roll songs to his repertoire.
After spending six years with Martin, Crowe left the Sunny Mountain Boys in 1962 to pursue a solo career. For a while, he played Lexington bars and hotels, developing a new, progressive direction for bluegrass which incorporated stronger elements of folk, blues, and rock. In the mid-'60s, he formed the Kentucky Mountain Boys with Red Allen and Doyle Lawson; they released their first album, Bluegrass Holiday, in 1968 on Lemco Records. The Kentucky Mountain Boys had a varied repertoire, but played solely acoustic instruments. Two other records followed Ramblin' Boy and The Model Church before the group broke up in the early '70s.
Following the disbandment of the Kentucky Mountain Boys, Crowe formed the New South, which was the most revolutionary bluegrass outfit of its time. Originally, the band consisted of guitarist Tony Rice, mandolinist Ricky Skaggs, dobroist Jerry Douglas, and fiddler/bassist Bobby Sloan, and they played a wildly eclectic brand of bluegrass on electric instruments. When they released their debut, J.D. Crowe & the New South in 1975 on Rounder Records, it caused an instant sensation it marked a genuine turning point in the sound of the genre. All of the musicians in the original lineup of the New South were acclaimed and would later go on to popular solo careers in fact, most of them had left within a few years of the debut. By the end of the decade, the band featured guitarist/Vocalsist Keith Whitley, mandolinist Jimmy Gaudreau, fiddler Bobby Slone, and bassist Steve Bryant.
During the '80s, the New South featured an ever-revolving lineup, as former members came back for guest appearances and Crowe discovered fresh, developing talents the group became known as a source for new musicians who would later go on to individual success. In 1980, Crowe formed the Bluegrass Album Band with Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, Doyle Lawson, and Todd Phillips. The Bluegrass Album Band toured and recorded sporadically throughout the course of the decade, always to great critical and popular acclaim. J.D. Crowe continued with the New South until 1988, when he decided to retire from the road. Following his decision, he appeared at special, one-shot concerts including a tour with Tony Rice but concentrated on studio work, particularly producing records for developing bands.
Retirement from the road proved somewhat of an selective decision for Crowe, however, and he continued to head the New South's ever-varying linups, both live and in the studio. Flashback appeared in 1994 from Rounder Records, followed by Come on Down to My World in 1999 and Lefty's Old Guitar in 2006, both also on Rounder.
Talents : Banjo, Vocals
Style musical : Bluegrass
Years in activity :
|1968||LP 12" LEMCO LLP 609 (US)||BLUEGRASS HOLIDAY - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - Philadelphia Lawyer / Will You Be Satisfied That Way / Down Where The River Bends / Train 45 / Little Bessie / Before I Met You / You Go To Your Church / Dark Hollow / She's Just A Little Cute Thing / Orange Blossom Special / Helen / Little Girl In Tennessee|
|1971||LP 12" LEMCO 610 (US)||THE RAMBLIN' BOY - J.D. CROWE - THE KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN BOYS - Born To Be With You / Please Search Your Heart / Bear Tracks / Sin City / I'll Stay Around / Bouquet In Heaven / Somehow Tonight / Portrait Of The Blues / Ramblin' Boy / Black Jack / So Afraid Of Losing You Again / There'll Be No Blind Ones There|
|1971||LP 12" LEMCO 611 (US)||THE MODEL CHURCH - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - I'll Talk It All Over With Him / It's Me Again Lord / I Shall Be At Home With Jesus / Journey's End / The Model Church / Goin' Up / Let The Spirit Descend / Look For Me / Are You Lost In Sin / No Mother Or Dad / Oh Heaven|
|1973||LP 12" STARDAY SLP 489 (US)||BLUEGRASS EVOLUTION - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - You Can Have Her / You Can Share My Blanket / Devil In Disguise / God's Own Singer / Ten Degrees And Getting Colder / How Come You Do Me (Like You Do, Do, Do) / For Lovin' Me / My Heart Talks To Me / Come On Down To My World / Leaves That Are Green|
|1975||LP 12" REBEL SLP-1549 (US)||
California Autumn - Tony Rice with The Seldom Scene, J.D. Crowe, Ricky Scaggs & Jerry Douglas - California Autumn / Bullet Man / Mr. Poverty / Billy In The Low Ground / Red Haired Boy / Good Woman's Love / You Don't Know My Mind / Alone And Forsaken / Bugle Call Rag / Georgia On My Mind / Scarborough Fair / Beaumont Rag
|1975||LP 12" ROUNDER 0044 (US)||J.D. CROWE & THE NEW SOUTH - Old Home Place / Some Old Day / Rock, Salt And Nails / Sally Goodin' / Ten Degrees (Getting Colder) / Nashville Blues / You Are What I Am / Summer Wages / I'm Walkin' / Home Sweet Home (revisited) / Cryin' Holy|
|1977||LP 12" ROUNDER 0096 (US)||YOU CAN SHARE MY BLANKET - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - You Can Share My Blanket / As Tears Go By / Hesitating Too Long / The Hurtin' When You Go / Ten Miles From Natchez / Did She Mention My Name / Are You Sad Tonight / I Don't Know You / Hickory Wind / Gypsy Woman|
|1978||LP 12" ROUNDER 0103 (US)||MY HOME AIN'T IN THE HALL OF FAME - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - My Home Ain't In The Hall Of Fame / (I'll Be Your) Stepping Stone / She's Gone, Gone, Gone / Railroad Lady / Sin City / Will You Be Lonesome Too? / Lady / Showboat Gambler / Tennessee Blues / My Window Faces The South|
|1981||LP 12" ROUNDER 0140 (US)||The Bluegrass Album - Bluegrass Album Band - J.D. CROWE, Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson, Bobby Hicks, Todd Phillips - Blue Ridge Cabin Home / We Can't Be Darlings Anymore / Molly And Tenbrooks / I Believe In You Darling / Model Church / On My Way Back To The Old Home / Gonna Settle Down / Toy Heart / Pain In My Heart / Chalk Up Another One / River Of Death|
|1981||LP 12" ROUNDER 0153 (US)||SOMEWHERE BETWEEN - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - I Never Go Around Mirrors / I Would Have Loved You All Night Long / Another Town / Dance With Me Molly / Long Black Limousine / To Be Loved By A Woman / Girl From The Canyon / Where Are All The Girls I Used To Cheat With? / Family Tree / Somewhere Between|
|1982||LP 12" ROUNDER 0153 (US)||LIVE IN JAPAN - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - She's Gone, Gone, Gone / Don't Give Your Heart To A Rambler / Shuckin' The Corn / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / Railroad Lady / Sugar Coated Lady / Memphis Madolin / Rose Colored Glasses / Red Rocking Chair / Martha White Theme / Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Foggy Mountain Breakdown / My Window Faces The South / I'm Walkin'|
|1982||LP 12" ROUNDER 0164 (US)||
THE Bluegrass Album - VOLUME TWO - Bluegrass Album Band - J.D. CROWE, Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson, Bobby Hicks, Todd Phillips - Your Love Is Like A Flower / We May Meet Again Someday / Take Me In The Life Boat / Sittin' Alone In The Moonlight / Back To The Cross / Just When I Needed You / One Tear / Ocean In Diamonds / Is It Too Late Now / So Happy I'll Be / Don't This Road Be Rough And Rocky / I'll Never Shed Another Tear
|1983||LP 12" ROUNDER 0180 (US)||THE Bluegrass Album - VOLUME THREE - California Connection - Bluegrass Album Band - Bobby Hicks / Todd Phillips / J.D. CROWE / Jerry Douglas / Tony Rice / Doyle Lawson - Devil In Disguise / Letter From My Darling / A Hundred Years From Now / Unfaithful One / Down The Road / I'd Rather Be Alone / Big Spike Hammer / Please Search For Heart / Hey Lonesome / I'm Waiting To Hear You Call Me Darlin / Wall Around Your Heart / Come Back Darlin|
|1985||LP 12" ROUNDER 0202 (US)||STRAIGHT AHEAD - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - Say You Lied / God's Own Singer / Stony Mountain Twist / Helplessly Hoping / Sugar Coated Love / Runaround / You're No Longer Mine / Belleville, Georgia / Miner's Lady / Ride The Train|
|1985||LP 12" ROUNDER 210 (US)||THE Bluegrass Album - VOLUME FOUR - Bluegrass Album Band - J.D. CROWE / Tony Rice / Doyle Lawson / Jerry Douglas / Bobby Hicks / Todd Phillips - Age / Cheyenne / Cora Is Gone / Old Home Town / Talk It All Over With Him / Head Over Heels / Nobody Loves Me / When You Are Lonely / I Might Take You Back Again / Lonesome Wind Blues / Somehow Tonight|
|1985||2 LP 12" Guimbarda DD2207374 (S)||
Bluegrass Album Band -
|1986||CD ROUNDER CD 0210 (US)||THE BLUEGRASS COMPACT DISC - J.D. CROWE / Tony Rice / Doyle Lawson / Jerry Douglas / Bobby Hicks / Todd Phillips - Blue Ridge Cabin Home / I Believe In You Darling / A Hundred Years From Now / On My Way Back To The Old Home / Cora Is Gone / The Old Home Town / Take Me In The Lifeboat / Sitting Alone In The Moonlight / Head Over Heels / Ocean Of Diamonds / I'll Never Shed Ahother Tear / Unfaithful One / Is It Too Late Now / Chalk Up Another One / One Tear / Cheyenne / Devill In Disguise / Age / Talk It All Over With Him / Model Church|
|1987||LP 12" SUNDOWN 046 (US)||BLACKJACK - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - Born To Be With You / Sin City / Somehow Tonight / Ramblin' Boy / Blackjack / Bouquet In Heaven / I'll Stay Around / Please Search Your Heart / Bear Tracks / Portrait Of The Blues / There'll Be No Blind Ones There / So Afraid Of Losing You Again|
|1994||CD ROUNDER 610322 (US)||FLASHBACK - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - Waiting For You / I'll Just Pretend / Ever-Changing Woman / Nashville Skyline Rag / Bouquet In Heaven / Long Journey Home / If I Could Go Back Home Again / 'Til My Dying Day / Still Loves This Man / Mr. Engineer / Sledd Ridin' / When The Angels Carry Me Home|
|1998||LP 12" STARDAY 489 (US)||BLUEGRASS EVOLUTION - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - You Can Have Her / You Can Share My Blanket / Devil In Disguise / God's Own Singer / Ten Degrees And Getting Colder / How Come You Do Me (Like You Do, Do, Do) / For Lovin' Me / My Heart Talks To Me / Come On Down To My World / Leaves That Are Green|
|01/1999||CD ROUNDER 610422 (US)||COME ON DOWN TO MY WORLD - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - Back To The Barrooms Again / Come On Down To My World / Come Back Sweetheart / (I'm So) Afraid Of Losing You Again / J's Tune / I Don't Know / Grandpa's Shoes / You Didn't Say Goodbye / Careless Love / My Blue Eyes You Left In Tennessee / White Freight Liner Blues / I'm Goin' That Way|
|06/2006||CD ROUNDER 0512 (US)||LEFTY'S OLD GUITAR - J.D. CROWE & The NEW SOUTH - Mississippi River Raft / Lefty's Old Guitar / Just Loving You / Rovin' Gambler / In My Next Life / You Can Be A Millionaire With Me / I Only Wish You Knew / Loneliness / I'm A Hobo / Too Often Left Alone / Blue Bonnet Lane / She Knows When You're On My Mind Again|
|06/2010||CD MOUNTAIN HOME 1292 (US)||OLDS FRIENDS GET TOGETHER - CROWE - LAWSON - WILLIAMS - J.D. CROWE - Doyle LAWSON - PAUL WILLIAMS - Prayer Bells Of Heaven / Goodbye / The Little White Church / Stormy Waters / Pray The Clouds Away / When The Savior Reached Down For Me / This World Is Not My Home / Voice Of My Savior / Lord I'm Coming Home / Give Me Your Hand / Shake Hands With Mother Again / Who'll Sing For Me|
|08/2014||CD MOUNTAIN HOME MH1502-2 (US)||Standing Tall And Tough - Crowe, Lawson & Williams - J.D. CROWE - Doyle LAWSON - Paul WILLIAMS - My Walking Shoes / Blue Memories / Do You Love What You Preach / The Hills Of Roane County / Don't Laugh / Little Angel In Heaven / Standing Tall And Tough / Insured Beyond The Grave / Fraulein / Pretending I Don't Care / Once A Day / Those Gone And Left Me Blues|
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