Satan's Jeweled Crown

Formed in Lawrence, KS in 1997.

Radio station: Listen to music by Satan's Jeweled Crown

Upcoming shows

No scheduled events.

Past shows


Current Status: Playing occasional shows.

Sound description: Tragicomedic, anthemic devil jazz rock.

Influences: Rainbow, Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Blackmore's Night, Stephane Grapelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Kansas, Dio, Tenacious D, Led Zepplin, Cream, Black Sabbath.

Similar to: Rabidly waiting for your favorite band to play a show.


Country / Rockabilly, Experimental / Noise, Metal / Hardcore, Rock, Soul / R&B, Wicked prog rock


Satan's Jeweled Crown, featuring Split Lip Rayfield's Eric Mardis (guitar) and current Ants drummer Sean McEniry plus long time pals Cody (fiddle) and Calvin Bennett (bass), crosses the streams of country, metal, jazz and much, much more.

On the guitar Mardis blazes in a Marshall-mad tradition that calls to mind an unlikely but nevertheless aromatic blend of Brian May and Duane Allman; he's as willing to clobber you with Thor's hammer as he is to give you a warm cup of broth, depending on whether the song calls for reflection on a middle school Dungeons and Dragons campaign or a closer look at insurgent country devotees.

The fiddling Bennett comes across as a Great Plains hybrid of Stephane Grapelli, Jean-Luc Ponty and Mahvishnu Orchestra's Jerry Goodman with a little bit of Kansas' Robby Steinhardt thrown in.

Drummer McEniry manages to sound like a heavy metal drummer without a full zip code of toms, a double bass set up (each with a double foot pedal), a whole showroom of floor toms, or a gong.

Calvin Bennett, perhaps best known for working the neck of a standup bass, can strap on an electric and rock out with the rest of 'em. Sort of Jack Bruce to Mardis' Eric Clapton or John Paul Jones to McEniry's John Bonham but not really Bill Wyman to McEniry's Charlie Watts and never Lemmy Kilminster to his brother's Grapelli.