John Crews | The Sandman

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The Sandman

by John Crews

Christian folk rock with an edge.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Listen to the Sounding of the Drum
2:06 album only
2. I Could've Done It
4:06 album only
3. A Touch of Blue
4:31 album only
4. When Will You Come See Me Again
3:23 album only
5. Why So Dear
3:03 album only
6. Hyde Park Blues
3:00 album only
7. Travelin' Trip
4:44 album only
8. I Think I Love You
2:32 album only
9. The Missing Line Dancer
4:30 album only
10. A Solemn Man
3:57 album only
11. Candid Interview
5:07 album only


Album Notes
John C. Crews Jr. was born in Reading, PA on July 31, 1948 to Phyllis and John Crews. His mother was an art teacher and his father was an electrical engineer.

Guitar lessons started at age seven with a $52.00 Stella guitar. The bridge was so high that young John could hardly press the strings down.

His first public performance was as a seventh grader playing with three friends in the annual talent show at Collegeville-Trappe High School in Trappe, PA.

When he was in the tenth grade (1964), he was invited to join a garage band called the Scurvy Knaves in which he played rhythm and later bass. They played in high schools, private parties and up and down the South Jersey coast in the summers. They did very well and even made a 45 record of two of their original tunes: "It's Not Like That" and "Gypsy Baby". There was even an audition with Mercury Records in New York City.

Later as the psychedelic age approached, the band's name changed to St. Anne's Orphanage. The band broke up at the end of the summer of 1968 as the members were going their separate ways pursuing their educational goals. At that time, John was about to begin his junior year at Virginia Tech where he was majoring in Political Science and minoring in theater arts.

John spent the summer of 1969 in Europe. Most of his time was spent as a tourist playing in little towns in their public parks. He jammed with Yoko Ono in Piccadilly Circle in London. He was offered a tour with Little Sampson's Weightlifting Show in Sweden. John, however, declined the offer because he wanted to return to the USA to finish college, get married and do his service time in the U.S. Air Force.

It was in the Air Force that the idea of the Sandman originated. John would play for his buddies in the barracks after work and "put them to sleep" with his music.

John graduated from college in June of 1970. His son, Jason, was born in February of that year. He entered the Air Force in March of 1971 as a medical corpsman.

His daughter, Jean, was born at Langley AFB, Virginia in June of 1973.

John got out of the Air Force in March of 1975 with an honorable discharge. His marriage to his wife Patsy, ended three months later. He spent the next 17 years working in factories and hospitals in order to pay child support for his two children. All the while, he would play for his friends at private get togethers and various coffee houses writing new songs now and then. He was learning life's lessons as they came.

Through the many hardships John has endured, music was always at the root of his soul. He sang in a church choir for twelve years. He learned to play the tuba in high school just so he could play his guitar in the high school dance band.

With children now grown, John began to record the Sandman in the summer of 2001. The CD became a reality in January of 2002.

And the stories will continue.



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Jean Piermattei

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Original lyrics with a grass roots rock-n-roll sound. A good combination of soothing songs to foot stomping great sounds.