Chuck McCrory has been a guitarist for 40-years and has performed
all over the Delaware Valley in numerous bands in the original,
classic rock and blues genres.
on Elvis by his Mother, Chuck laughingly admits that his first
professional gig was with an Elvis impersonator when he was just
17-years old. Chuck remembers wearing a big cowboy hat and was
told to look down to conceal his age because he wasn't old enough
to be performing in bars!
in his twenties Chuck met RCA recording artist Robert Hazard,
who was managing an up-and-coming band called “Laura &
the Lifeboys”. Through his association with Hazard, Chuck
played many of the larger venues in Philadelphia, had airplay
on WMMR’s Street Beat, and the opportunity to open for national
acts such as Epic recording artists the Romantics.
the 80’s Chuck won numerous “honorable mention”
awards from Billboard Magazine’s “Song Writers”
contests, where he was judged by legends in the industry such
as Frank Zappa, Peter Cetera and Carol Bayer-Sager.
as much frustration trying to get his songs published as it was
to try to make it as an artist in the business, Chuck opted to
go back to college to pursue an Art Education degree, which proved
to be useful in promoting his bands later in his career.
that time, Chuck frequented a local Jazz/Blues club in Merchantville,
NJ where he first cut his teeth performing blues. Playing blues
opened another world for Chuck and the more he played, the more
his passion had grown for blues music. He started off as a ‘gun
for hire’ with bands such as Mark Stinger & the Swarm,
James “Thunderbird" Ford, Courtney Freeman and former
Sonny Rhodes bassist, Jerry “Cowboy” Haynes who had
backed or opened for all the blues greats, such as Luther Tucker,
Albert Collins, Gatemouth Brown and B. B. King, among others.
Chuck learned a lot about the blues from his association with
the mid 90’s Chuck formed and fronted his first blues band,
the widely recognized “Smoke Stack Lightnin”, which
performed all over South Jersey and Philadelphia. Since then he
has played in many other blues projects such as “PineWolf
and the Pack” and has seemed to find his niche performing