B etsy Kingston & the Crowns’ brand of indie blues-rock and alt-country music captures the soul and beauty of a bygone era, while delivering an unmatched high-energy performance. Her debut album, Blue Laws, is rooted in rock n’ roll and alternative country, though it explores elements of alternative rock and soul. With over 100 shows performed across the country in just under a year, Betsy Kingston & the Crowns have created a following based around a fearless work ethic and desire to bring live music to the masses.
Kingston’s soulful voice effortlessly powers her genre-hopping debut album, which is neatly divided between booze-soaked blues-rockers and gentle country-folk numbers. Her voice drips with whiskey and rattles with gravel, only to shift gears at a moment’s notice, revealing a subtle vulnerability and twang. Recorded while on the road in Portland, but later mixed in Nashville and Sacramento, Blue Laws embraces numerous styles while remaining true to its southern roots.
Kingston moved to Athens, GA in 2010 to write and recruit for her yet unnamed project. Here, she lived in a small converted barn that had played host to performances by R.E.M, the B-52’s, and Widespread Panic. This proved to be fertile creative ground, as Kingston began to work with Athen’s musicians to create “the Crowns.” The Crowns, an ever-expanding collective of musicians, capable of utilizing a range of instrumentation, often travels with a full horn section, but has been known to tour with an upright bass and acoustic guitar. This flexibility and willingness to explore different sounds offers fans an opportunity to share in a range of sonic experimentation.
Betsy Kingston & the Crowns continue to tour the country, bringing their brand of country-infused, soulful-southern rock n’ roll to crowds of hungry fans. When asked what the future holds for the Betsy Kingston & the Crowns, Kingston states: “I’d like to record another album sooner than later, but I want stay on the road as much as possible. I’ve gotta keep moving… growing. This is my life… my job.”