Charles Edward Crawford, aka ed fROMOHIO, (born 26 January 1964, Steubenville, Ohio) is an American best known as the lead singer and guitarist for Firehose, an alternative rock band he formed in 1986 with former Minutemen members Mike Watt (bass guitar) and George Hurley (drums).
In 1985, Minutemen vocalist and guitarist D. Boon was killed in a van wreck. In 1986, Ed, a recent Ohio State University graduate and Minutemen fan, found out that Minutemen bassist, Watt, and drummer, Hurley, were not going to continue the group. Ed was determined to motivate them to continue making music and contacted Watt after obtaining his phone number. However, Watt and Hurley were still very much grief stricken over the death of their friend and bandmate. Nonetheless, Crawford traveled all the way from Ohio to San Pedro, California to meet Watt. Crawford was about to return to Ohio, when at the last minute, Watt accepted Ed's offer. Along with Hurley, they formed Firehose. Shortly thereafter, the new band would record their first album, Ragin', Full On, and started touring. Eventually, he would record four more LPs with the band.
Ed sang and played guitar with Firehose until they broke up in 1994 after releasing five albums and touring extensively.
Ed currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently started playing solo acoustic as well as electric gigs around town with his new band, the Ed Crawford Trio. He appeared in the 2005 documentary film We Jam Econo. Since Firehose's break-up, he's also fronted the band, Grand National (not to be confused with the UK band also named Grand National), toured as a second guitarist with the now-defunct alt-country band Whiskeytown led by Ryan Adams, as well as with the Chapel Hill band, Southern Culture on the Skids and the Detroit band, Mule.
As of 2012, Ed is playing in the band FOOD.