Craig Carothers

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Craig Carothers
Birth name Craig Carothers
Origin Portland, Oregon
Genres folk
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 1990 - present
Labels Dwight Rabbit

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.


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 stage 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 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]

Carothers latest album, Alpenglow, was released in late 2016, and features two songs co-written with Bruce Hornsby, "Alpenglow" and "Alma Mater." The album also features Bruce Hornsby on keyboards.


  • 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)
  • Alpenglow (2016, Dwight Rabbit)


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


  1. ^ a b c d Biography from
  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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