Baltimore, the city that has absolutely nothing going for it,has nothing to attract people or keep people from leaving. Can't afford to be picky or choosy when it comes to Baltimore's future. However, the media is doing just that. Baltimore should be known for the blues .because of my history making CBS recording of the day I was discovered singing my Hit song 3/5/2001. one would think that such a hit song would be common knowledge in Baltimore and every radio station would play the finished studio version of the song,because it is a hit.. the song certified by Steve Rouse on his #1 morning show has been ignored by all the media for 20 years.. Baltimore deserves to be known for the blues like Memphis who attracts 10 million blues tourists a year,making 3.2 billion in blues tourism. The song took me 27 years just to come up with the idea what to write about. Once I had the idea it only took 15 minutes to write. The odds of writing a hit song are 1 millionth of one percent to 1. I wrote the song wanting to make people smile sing,dance etc etc but the media refuses to let people hear the song or know unique steel mill to Hollywood story behind it. The story that will turn Baltimore into a city to be proud of. Blues is the answer to Baltimore's massive identity crisis that's driving people away from Baltimore and killing tourism. The foundation has already been laid,the door is wide open to the blues in Baltimore. Baltimore has a neon bright future. Baltimore as a blues music city will thrive. The blues ain't nothing but a party. Bring that nonstop party atmosphere to the city of zero hope, zero direction,zero future and let that 24/7 party begin. Baltimore is the blues,the people of Baltimore live the blues and deserve better. the media is the only thing stopping this from happening so share this info with everyone you know. Free to listen and download check out the hometown hit song that will change Baltimore forever. Knowledge is power and YOU have the power to change Baltimore by sharing this info..
BLACK CAT BONE The Movie. A 21st Century Blues Comedy based on several true stories.
An unsuspecting white man receives a piece of bone from a donor for a cervical fusion,bone graft operation. Through Cellular Memory,(Google it)the personality of the donor transfers to the recipient. Shortly after the operation Eddie Crowe turns into a blues singer. Eddie believes that bone came from a black blues singer that was on a mission to make his name in the blues. He believes his doctor gave him a BLACK CATS BONE.
That is gist of the story which is a hilarious comedy, but there is also a tragedy in this story.
There's an unsolved homicide,the suspicious drowning death of my friend,blues legend Walter Rhodes that was wrongly ruled an accident.
I played drums in a band with him and he taught me everything i know about blues music. Walter was about to become famous at 50 years of age.He started playing guitar at age 9. In the early sixties he was Wilson Pickett's band leader and lead guitarist for 4 years. He was an Albino and he was technically blind. Playing music was the only job he knew. With his new electric blues recordings that won him the gig, he had just played the New Orleans Jazz Festival on the Main Stage that stars Irma Thomas The Neville Brothers and Dr. John also played on. I have those recordings that were given to me at his funeral. The music has never been released.Walter was killed 20 years ago. I want to record and sing some of his songs and put them on the soundtrack of the movie. Then everyone who watches the movie will know of the late great Walter Lightninbug Rhodes and his music. He truly deserved to be a BLUES STAR. He was the REAL DEAL. Here is the link to an excellent bio which includes vintage recordings of Walters. It was put together by a soul music journalist in the UK who gave me permission to use it to get Walters story out there and hopefully catch whoever killed him. http://www.sirshambling.com/artists_2012/R/walter_rhodes/index.php
In 2001, when I was 46 years old, I was working at Bethlehem steel as a Mechanic in the 68 inch hot strip mill. I wrote a song and sang it over the phone to Steve Rouse of Rouse and Company.It was the #1 morning radio show in Baltimore. I just wanted to get his opinion of the song "Fishin on the Chesapeake Bay" Before this phone call I had never spoke to or met Steve Rouse. Steve liked the song and stopped me after singing 2 verses. He said, Eddie, hold on a second. I have Maynard here and he wants to play guitar along with you and we'll put you on the radio if it's ok with you. I said Hell yea that's cool, So I started singing again and Maynard's playing guitar and it went live on the air. It was 9 am I was laying in bed reading the lyrics that i hadn't even memorized yet. So it happened It was real cool and that was it. Some of my friends heard it and called me to see if it was really me on there. It all went down real fast and I didn't even have time to or think to record it. It was over. I was happy with that.It was just something cool that happened,that i couldn't even prove. Happened so fast I had no time to record it. End of story.
Then, the next morning as I'm getting ready for work,I had the radio on as usual.The next thing I know,I hear my song playing on the radio again at the peak of the morning rush hour.That's when I lost my mind and I have not been right since. They played the song during rush hour every day that week making it part of their show. They sent me the recording of it on cassette and I took it to a local studio and had it put on cd to preserve it..That phone call and especially what happened the next morning changed my life forever. When they sent me the recording,they put the ball back in my court. It was then up to me to do something with it. It is the only thing i have been able to think about ever since it happened. I've been to Memphis, Las Vegas and Hollywood over it. I recorded a studio version of the song in LA with living legends on the L A music scene and now I finally have a finished product. It's just a 4 song cd but it's all I need right now. My band will be releasing our cd at a later time.
The journey begins and the story unfolds.
Once the blues got a hold on me, I got the urge to travel. I spent a month in Memphis.The home of the blues. When I turned the corner and saw Beale Street for the first time. It looked like HOME. I sang with a lot of different bands all over Beale Street and in the clubs and parks. Too many cool things happened there including an encounter with the Beale Street "Gypsy Woman" She came up to me after I sang about 8 songs to end a show.. She smiled,pointed at me and told me "Success is in your future".
From there I went out to LA for 45 days and recorded some of my originals which I now have on cd. You can hear those recordings in my audio section on the left
Here is the title track lyrics for my movie soundtrack
I BELIEVE MY DOCTOR GAVE ME A (BLACK CATS BONE)
Well i hurt my neck about 15 years ago
hurt so bad, it sent me right to the floor
it put me in such condition
had to call on a physician
and i believe my doctor gave me a black cats bone
now let me clear up what i'm tryin to say
i went to see a neurosurgeon one day
he thought that i was fakin
but when the m.r.i. was taken
he said son i believe you gonna need an operation
and i believe my doctor gave me a black cats bone
he said, to cure your ills, you need a fusion
a donated bone, is the bone that ill be usin
i said that'll be just fine
a bone bank bone or mine
but i believe my doctor gave me a black cats bone
i got a question bout that bone he gave me
dont get me wrong, the bone i got has saved me
i think that bone they used
has got me screamin the blues
and i believe my doctor gave me a black cats bone
by eddie crowe
BLACK CAT BONE PUBLISHING...ASCAP.
TEN YEARS GO BY
WQSR,Steve Rouse,Maynard and the story behind the song "Fishin' on the Chesapeake Bay".
Back to the story.
After the radio incident the first thing I thought of was to use the internet to get the story out but I had never even turned on a computer and didn't know how to type.I still don't really know how to type but I get the job done and yes I know it's not perfect. The first thing i learned is what email is and then went searching for anything i could find related to blues music since what i wrote is a blues song..There was a period during that time when I spent 20 hrs a day on the computer. For three months I didn't even leave the house. My whiskers started turning white, bleached by the light of the computer screen. I looked like a hermit. I was chain smoking cigarettes and drinking gallons of coffee every day.2004 is when I found out about this website called SOUNDCLICK. It's an independent musicians website where you build your profile using templates just like this site. I had no clue what I was doing but I just did what I was prompted to do and I kept at it for 37 hours without sleep other than the one time I dozed off and fell out of the chair.So I got up off the floor and made some more coffee.
THE BAND WAS FORMED IN 2000
I HAD BEEN JAMMING IN BALTIMORE AND FINDING OUT WHO WAS WHO FOR YEARS.
I HAD JAMMED WITH MOST OF THE GUYS IN THE BAND AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER,BUT BECAUSE OF MY WORK SCHEDULE, I NEVER HAD THE TIME OFF TO HAVE MY OWN GROUP.
WHEN I SAW THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET A DAYLIGHT MONDAY THRU FRIDAY JOB, I JUMPED ON IT.
BY THEN I KNEW THAT BOBBY PERRY WAS THE BEST GUITARIST FOR WHAT I WANTED TO ACHIEVE.
I CALLED BOBBY AND ASKED HIM IF HE WANTED TO PUT A BAND TOGETHER.
BOBBY CONTACTED THE GUYS AND THE REST WAS SMOOTH SAILING..BAND HAS NEVER HAD AN OFFICIAL PRACTICE.OUR FIRST TIME TOGETHER WAS A PAYING GIG AT THE WORLD FAMOUS CAT'S EYE PUB.
WE LOVE PLAYING "LIVE". IT'S WHAT WE DO BEST.
STRAIGHT OFF THE CUFF.
WE SEEK A NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TOUR.
THE COOLEST GIG I EVER DID WAS WHEN I PLAYED DRUMS WITH WALTER "LIGHTNINGBUG" RHODES AT THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART THEATRE. I WAS LIVING IN NORTH CAROLINA AT THAT TIME AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN TO MY HOME TOWN TO PLAY WITH THE "LEGEND".
I'VE NEVER SEEN ANY OF THE BEATLES SHOWS LIVE.
I DID SEE GEORGE HARRISON IN THE AUDIENCE AT A SHOW I WAS PLAYING DRUMS ON BACK IN 1988.
I PLAYED THE WRAP PARTY FOR GEORGE HARRISONS MOVIE TRACK 29.
I SAT AT THE TABLE WITH CHRISTOPHER LLOYD AND SANDRA BURNHART DURING THE BREAK.
ITS NOT MELLOW
FREDDIE KING, MUDDY WATERS, ALLMAN BROTHERS, BB KING, RAY CHARLES, NIGHTHAWKS, TAJ MAHAL
WHEN I GOT ON COMMERCIAL FM RADIO..CBS I USED A AT&T
TELEPHONE. YOU CAN HEAR THE RECORDING OF IT ON OUR MUSIC PAGE. I BOUGHT THAT PHONE IN A PAWN SHOP THAT'S HOW I NEW I COULD SING THE BLUES OVER IT.
THE "BLUES UNCHAINED"
IS A HARD DRIVIN', HOUSEROCKIN',LEAD INSTRUMENT AND VOCAL, CONCERT, DANCE, BLUES SHOWCASE BAND.
EDDIE CROWE IS AN INTENSELY SOULFUL, POWERHOUSE, BLUES VOCALIST.
WHEN THEY GET TOGETHER, ITS A DAMN EVENT.
THERE WON'T BE ANYONE SLEEPIN' AT OUR SHOW.
IF YOU SEE SOMEONE WHO APPEARS TO BE SLEEPIN'
CHECK THEIR PULSE AND CALL 911.
THEY ARE PROBABLY DEAD.