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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Big Walter Price w/ Steve Krase & The In Crowd

For 50 years, Big Walter, known as The Thunderbird, has been making records. Born in Gonzales, Texas in 1914, he started he music career in 1954, he has recorded for T-N-T Records, Peacock, Goldband and other record labels with many hits along the way. Shirley Jean, Git to Gettin, If The Blues Was Money, Pack Fair and Square, are just a few. Big Walter is a true living legend of the music industry. His boogie-woogie piano style set the tempo of early Rock and Roll. Now, know mainly as a Blues artists, Elvis Presley and Little Richard were Big Walter's early contemporaries. In mid-career, his insistence of being treated fairly angered record companies, booking agencies and venue operators. He found himself being passed over while other people profited for his music. Years of legal actions stopped many, but the lawyers were the only winners. In fact, almost all of the Big Walter recording on the market today is not properly licensed. Still robust at the age of 93, Big Walter is releasing his music to the world. His 4 CD's "Tell Me", "Pain In My Heart", "Six Weeks Of Misery", and "Cool Breeze" has a total of 46 great tracks!

Steve was born in Brooklyn NY and has spent time in Ohio, California and Louisiana. Now almost 20 years in Houston, Steve has blended his high energy style with the soulful vibe that runs through the great city of Houston. Steve spent 10 years as the harp man for the legendary Houston band Jerry Lightfoot and The Essentials. After the Essentials broke up Steve spent a few years as a sideman with Matt Leddy & The Meatcutters before forming Steve Krase & The In Crowd. Steve Krase & The In Crowd were winners of the 2004 and 2005 International Blues Challenge moving on to the finals in Memphis both years. The band released their first CD "Easy Livin in 2005. The Band features Steve Krase on Harp and Vocals the mighty James Henry on Guitar, Spare Time" Murray Bass and features the great Pee Wee Stephens ..boards. Drumming was split between Joe Griffin and Brian "The Cannon" Kinnear.

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