Angeline Crawford - rockin' and rollin'

December 17, 1997

photos by Richard T. Meagher / staff photographer


Staff Writer

Rock singer Angeline Crawford thinks she has what it takes to break into the music business, but the right person has to hear her.

The Chambersburg, Pa., resident has recorded and produced her first album, "Believe," and she has been working hard to promote her music.


"The only real way is to get out there and play," she says.

Every weekend, that's what she and her band have been doing.

Besides performing in the Tri-State area, the Angeline Crawford Band has been traveling to New York City two or three times a month, hoping to be signed to a label.

"If we want exposure that can help us, we need to play a lot of clubs," Crawford says.

In November the band performed at CBGBs and Baggot Inn in New York City. They got such a great reaction at Baggot Inn that the club manager invited them to perform again Jan. 2, Crawford says.

Angeline Crawford Band will perform at Wayside Inn in Williamsport Saturday, Dec. 27, from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Crawford is rhythm guitarist and vocalist for the band, and other members are drummer Tracy Weller of Greencastle, Pa., bass player Gary Luckhardt of St. Thomas, Pa., and lead guitarist Eric Peterson of Hanover, Pa. The band rehearses twice a week in Luckhardt's garage.

Crawford wrote all 10 songs on the album. About 60 percent of the songs the band performs on stage are original, and the rest are covers of others' music, she says.

Tri-State audiences would rather hear cover songs, while New York fans prefer original music, Crawford says.

She says she often is compared to Melissa Etheridge, which she finds flattering because Etheridge is one of her favorite artists.

Luckhardt describes Crawford's sound as Etheridge turned up a couple of notches.

"She can take a nice, easy song and make it sound powerful," he says.

Crawford was the lead singer for the local heavy metal band Axtress in the 1980s, and she also has performed with other area bands.

Coming back to music

She put her music on the back burner for several years. She says Luckhardt gave her the encouragement to return to it.

They met while she was working as a sound engineer for local Elvis Presley impersonator David King, and Luckhardt was playing saxophone in his band.

Luckhardt says he heard a lot of potential in Crawford's voice and pushed her to start writing again. He asked her to perform at a party he was having, and she agreed.

"I've always believed in her. I think she can go very far with her music," he says.

Luckhardt and Crawford are the only original members of the band they formed about three years ago.

"We've had some hard times, but we've always relied on each other and helped each other," Luckhardt says.

Crawford says her family also is supportive. Her husband, Alvin Crawford, a drywall contractor, helps with equipment and driving to performances. They have an 8-year-old daughter, Daniela, who is proud that her mother plays in a rock band, Crawford says.

Performing is just one of Crawford's jobs - she also works part time at T.J.'s Custom Shop, a music store in Chambersburg, and is a Nautilus instructor at Chambersburg YMCA.

She's been asked to write songs for others, but now she's concentrating on doing songs for her band.

The band's music has been played on a number of radio stations, including those in Harrisburg, Pa., and Washington, D.C., as well as college stations, Crawford says.

She says nothing compares to looking into the audience and seeing fans sing along with her.

"It's the greatest feeling; that's what it's all about," she says.

Angeline Crawford Band in concert

Where: Wayside Inn, 17116 Virginia Ave., Williamsport

When: Saturday, Dec. 27, from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Cost: There is a cover charge

For information: Call 301-582-4402.

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