Professor "Louie" & The Crowmatix from Woodstock, NY, have been recording and touring nationally for the past seven years. Their new CD "As The Crow Flies" was released in February 2008. Currently, they have six studio CD's and two live CD's on the Woodstock Records label. Their CD "Century Of The Blues" averaged # 20 for six months on the Americana Radio Roots charts. Their live concert CD "The Spirit of Woodstock" was recorded at The New York State Museum to celebrate the anniversary of the Woodstock Festival held in Bethel, NY. The Museum hosted a series of programs and chose Professor "Louie" & The Crowmatix to perform. They garnered much praise for this concert performance and The New York State Museum released a CD of this show.
Professor "Louie" & The Crowmatix recorded as Rick Danko's backing band on his critically acclaimed CD "Times Like These" and were the featured musicians on Garth Hudson's solo CD "The Sea To The North". The group continues to perform in concert at the nation's premier theatres: Proctors, Bolton Center and Bearsville Theatre in NY, Fairfield & Newtown, in CT and Sellersville and The State College Theatres, PA. Clubs: BB Kings & The Cutting Room, NYC, The House Of Blues in LA,The Towne Crier, Cafe Lena & The Turning Point in NY State & Fitzgeralds in Chicago to name a few. Festivals: The Detroit International Street Fair, "Gathering on the Mountain" in PA, The Clermont & Norwich Heritage Festivals in NY and Toledo Blues Festival, OH. They have performed in Ontario, Canada at The London, Windsor and Thunder Bay Blues Festivals.
Professor "Louie" & The Crowmatix were featured artists many times on the syndicated radio show "Acoustic Cafe" from Ann Arbor, the Mitch Albom Radio show in Detroit and as special guests performing live on the CBS 6 Television Special "Melodies Of Christmas". In 2007, they recorded their song Melody of Peace with the Czech Symphony in Prague that was released on the 2007 ERM Media CD Holidays of The New Era Vol.2. Professor Louie's documentary " Woodstock - Siberia Blues Express" filmed in Russia was featured in the Woodstock Film Festival in 2007.
Rave reviews continue in magazines and newspapers:The Village Voice: "Professor Louie's upstate ensemble is an Americana template that jams out timeless rock, country, blues and New Orleans influenced originals". The Record Review : "_ a tasty mix of rhythm & blues and rock & roll. This is a great band."
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THE CROWMATIX - Member Biographies
AARON PROFESSOR "LOUIE" HURWITZ Multi-instrumentalist - Hammond organ/keyboards/accordion and exceptional vocalist. He was tagged Prof. "Louie" by The Band vocalist/bassist Rick Danko while performing together as a duo. Prof. Louie co-produced, engineered and performed on The Band's last three CD's, "Jericho", "High On The Hog" and "Jubilation". Other production credits include two CD's with Ireland's Four Men and A Dog, The David Nelson Band's Visions' Under The Moon, Rick Danko's CD's "Live On Breeze Hill" & "Times Like These" , produced and played with The Crowmatix on "The Sea To The North" by Garth Hudson. He has performed with Graham Parker, toured and recorded with Mercury Rev on their acclaimed CD's & Guy Davis. Early in his career, he was the pianist and organist for the The Mighty Gospel Giants Of Brooklyn. Recently, Louie made an instructional DVD for Homespun Tapes - "Rock & Blues Accordion". In the last two years, Louie traveled three times to Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia where he taught students English through singing and performed with many musical groups there. A documentary of his experiences "Woodstock-Siberia Blues Express" was featured in the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival and The International Maine Film Festival.
GARY BURKE : has held an esteemed career as drummer for Bob Dylan, Graham Parker and many others & best known to the public for his long tenure on drums on over a dozen albums with Joe Jackson. Starting in 1983 with the release of the Top Ten Gold album "Body and Soul", Gary continued on into the 90s with Joe in a mind-boggling mix of musical landscapes of gold, platinum and Grammy winning albums combined with many world tours and media profiles such as in Modern Drummer Magazine. Gary was the drummer and percussionist for The Radio City Music Hall Orchestra for four years during the 80's.
MARIE SPINOSA --Miss Marie from Brooklyn, NY - singer/songwriter, pianist/percussionist had performed for many years in concert with her own groups in the tri-state area. Marie toured the college circuit before moving to upstate NY. She has co-written many of the songs on Professor "Louie" & The Crowmatix releases. Miss Marie's strong vocals and percussion can be heard on varied recordings: "Deserter's Song" by Mercury Rev, "Jubilation" by The Band and also with Four Men & A Dog. Her soulful background vocals are featured on Rick Danko's "Sip The Wine" single CD and also on Rick Danko's "Times Like These" CD. Marie's percussion can be heard on Garth Hudson's CD "The Sea To The North". Miss Marie has a solo CD with The Crowmatix Collection.
Frank Campbell - Frank played bass with The Rick Danko, Levon Helm duo tours of the 70's and early 80's. From there he moved on playing with Steve Forbert, Cindy Cashdollar and relocated to Austin, TX where he worked with "Asleep At The Wheel" for ten years in the studio and on the road. Frank then moved back to the Woodstock area and teamed up with "Louie".
Josh Colow - From Woodstock, New York - An in demand rhythm & blues guitarist, Josh has toured The United States and Europe with Jesse Winchester with his own groups and solo. Josh was signed to EMI Europe and had a #1 hit in Italy with his group TiPiCal in the 90's. He has worked in the studio with Livingston Taylor, Artie Traum.