Craig Carothers

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Craig Carothers
Birth name Craig Carothers
Origin Portland, Oregon
Genres folk
singer-songwriter
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 1990 - present
Labels Dwight Rabbit
Website craigcarothers.com

Craig Carothers is an American singer-songwriter. He is originally from Portland, Oregon, but now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Carothers's "Little Hercules" was recorded for Trisha Yearwood's 1996 album Everybody Knows. The song went Gold.

Biography[edit]

Carothers grew up in the Pacific Northwest. His parents, both music teachers, introduced him to a wide range of music including jazz, classical, and blues. Carothers also cites a number of Motown, pop, and folk influences.[1]

During the early stages of his career (some 20 years) he toured little playing primarily in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. He shared the stage with a range of notable acts.[1]

In 1995, country music singer Trisha Yearwood recorded his song, "Little Hercules", leading to a Gold record. It was at that time that Carothers began traveling first to Nashville and then to gigs in other southern cities, Birmingham, Atlanta, Houston, and Little Rock.[1] During this stage of his career some of his performances at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe were featured on the Nashville Public Radio program Players and Poets.[2]

In 2000, Carothers moved to Nashville and has continued to tour more widely ever since. Since that time a number of other artists have recorded songs written or cowritten by Carothers, including: Kathy Mattea, Lorrie Morgan, Sons Of The Desert, Kate Markowitz, Andrea Zonn, Steve Seskin, Berkley Hart, and Peter, Paul and Mary.[1]

Carothers has also continued to gain wider acclaim as a songwriter. In 2001, Carothers served on the faculty of the Song Camp directed by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The camp is oriented toward aspiring songwriters.[3] Carothers also wrote several songs for the soundtrack of the 2005 movie, The Californians, including the title track. In 2006, Carothers was one of the top five writer/performers recognized from some 2500 entries to the Newsong Contest at the Mountain Stage NewSong Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The song, "She Needs Me" (cowritten by Carothers & Tony Haselden) won as part the festival's first three-way tie for Best Song.[4][5]

Discography[edit]

  • Greenhouse FX (1990, Silent)
  • Home Remedy (1994, Silent)
  • Craig Carothers Trio (1995, Silent)
  • Air Mail Blue (1996, Silent)
  • Acoustic Set [live] (1998, Dwight Rabbit)
  • The Card (2002, Dwight Rabbit)
  • One Revolution (2003, Dwight Rabbit)
  • Solo (2006, Dwight Rabbit)
  • The Vagabond (2012, Dwight Rabbit)

Songs[edit]

A number of songs written or cowritten by Carothers have been recorded by other artists. A few examples are:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Biography from craigcarothers.com
  2. ^ "WHAT'S HAPPENING :Folk music news & information", Sing Out!, 42:2, Fall 1997, p.10
  3. ^ Bessman, Jim, "NSAI Holds Summer Camp for Songwriting Hopefuls", Billboard, 113:31, August 4, 2001, p.45
  4. ^ "2006 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Co-winners Announced", Mountain Stage Newsong Festival press release), August 28, 2006
  5. ^ "WHAT'S HAPPENING: Folk music news & information", Sing Out!, 50:4, Winter 2007, p.8-15

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