Started by Greenbelter Ed Crowley, the band Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes first appeared at the DC Blues Society’s “7th Annual Fish Fry and Blues Show” at the American Legion in Silver Spring, and by the next year it had won the Society’s Battle of the Bands and the right to compete in the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
More glory came in 2016 when the Slowpokes won the DC Blues Society’s “Memphis or Bust Battle of the Bands,” where they competed against 187 bands and made it to the semi-finals. (From that trip Ed remembers a “great harmonica showcase on Beale Street.”) Success in Memphis led to their performance at the Kennedy Center in March of 2017.
The Slowpokes perform regularly at such events as the Greenbelt and Colonial Beach Blues Festivals, and venues like the New Deal Cafe, the Old Bowie Town Grille, and others in Baltimore, Columbia and Northern Virginia.
In 2019 the Slowpokes will record for first time. They’ll also be headlining at Pearl Street at DC’s Wharf and at The Hamilton, and performing at more and bigger festivals. They’re even performing on the Blues Cruise on the Susquehanna, which leaves from Harrisburg, and other venues as far away as Philadelphia, Richmond, Winchester and the Maryland-Delaware beaches.
Bandleader Ed Crowley was profiled on the Greenbelt Online blog.