2015 - Individual Artist
Carey Crowson has spent his life involved in music. Residing in Ankeny, he has owned and operated Crowson Piano Service for 40 years beginning in1974.
He restores upright and grand pianos, tunes and services pianos in music stores, churches, schools, universities, performance venues and thousands of private homes throughout the state.
Crowson has completed high-level restoration projects for clients from California to Virginia to Texas. Highly visible examples of his work can be found in the Iowa Governor’s Mansion Carriage House, Living History Farms and Hoyt Sherman Place.
Hope Lutheran Church on the east side of Des Moines benefits from his talents as music director.
Crowson began performing in the Des Moines area in 1977 with Kyle Jackson. Jackson/Crowson existed for three years. He then formed the group Backfire with Bob Cooper, Bob Brown and Terry Conder. They enjoyed a two-year run.
The Cavaliers (Hall of Fame 2001) welcomed him to the band in 1984 and he played off and on with them until they disbanded in 1995. Crowson was part of the band called Cactus Killers that eventually became “Uncle Walt.” Other members were Don Myers, Steve Wilkinson and Joe Hernandez. Since 2000 he has played off and on with Hall of Famer Tony Valdez.
He has also sung and played jingles for radio commercials and lent his talents to numerous community projects including singing the opening for the Special Olympics.
This talented musician has opened for the Young Rascals, Del Shannon, Peter Noone, Fabian and Blood, Sweat and Tears. Crowson helped produce and played on Wicker Van Orsdel’s two CDs.
For decades of dedication to making music special for all Iowans and beyond, through various areas of the industry, Carey Crowson takes his rightful place in the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Hall of Fame.