John Craigie (musician)

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John Craigie
John Craigie Portland, OR November 2014.jpg
John Craigie in 2014
Background information
Born (1980-06-15) June 15, 1980 (age 39)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresBlugrass, Folk, Americana
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica
Years active2003-present
Associated actsPond Rock

John Craigie (born June 15, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter.[1] Hailed as a "Modern-Day Troubadour" in the style of Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott,[2] Craigie has been traveling continuously for most of the past decade throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. His music and performance style has been compared to John Prine, and Mitch Hedberg, with influences of Pete Seeger, and Arlo Guthrie.[3]

He has performed with or opened for Todd Snider, Paul Thorn, Jack Johnson, James McMurtry, Shawn Colvin, Sean Hayes, Nicki Bluhm, Aoife O'Donovan, ALO, Shook Twins, and Trampled by Turtles and sold out shows in NYC, Boston, San Francisco, Denver, Portland, Seattle, and more. He has received airplay on many radio stations including KPIG, KHUM, KGNU, KBCS, KRFC, WUMB, WUIN, KFAI, and KVXQ, as well as The Coffeehouse station on Sirius XM Radio.[4]

He has developed his diverse following through playing numerous venues and festivals across the U.S. including Burning Man, High Sierra Music Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, Oregon Country Fair, Kate Wolf Music Festival and others.[5] He is best known for his storytelling, sense of humor, and poignant songwriting, all present in his 2019 appearance on Storytellers Telling Stories.[6]

Craigie has released six studio albums, two live albums, and two cover albums. His album No Rain, No Rose, released in 2017, was recorded in his Portland-home living room.[7] His most recent release, Scarecrow, was released on Vinyl in April 2018, and on all digital platforms in May 2018.[8][9]

He was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved up to Santa Cruz for college where he attended UC Santa Cruz. He graduated with a degree in mathematics and began playing music in the local scene.[10] In his early days he sang vocals and played lead guitar for the Santa Cruz band "Pond Rock" playing for popular bohemian crowd venues and house parties. They sang 1960s and 1970s covers as well as their own originals.[11]

He is also the grandson of U.S. Air Force general Laurence Craigie.


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Cover albums[edit]

  • Leave the Fire Behind (cover versions of 1990s alternative rock songs, 2010)[12]
  • Paper Airplane (cover versions of Led Zeppelin songs, 2012)[12]

The Early Years[edit]

  • i always -ed you (2003)
  • Second Grade Awakening (2004)
  • Daddy Longlegs (2005)
  • A Picnic on the 405 (2007)
  • Soft Hail (2008)
  • Live in the Living Room (2008)
  • Make Your Own Legend (2011)


In 2019, Craigie appeared on an episode of Storytellers Telling Stories, recounting a tale of Burning Man and another time that a bank robber almost attended a show of his.[13]


  1. ^ Pierce, Jacob (2013-01-08). "John Craigie's Traveling Musical Adventure". Santa Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  2. ^ Dicks, Brett Lee (2009-04-09). "John Craigie's Travelin' Songs". The Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 2010-05-21.
  3. ^ Pierce, Jacob (2013-01-08). "John Craigie's Traveling Musical Adventure". Santa Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  4. ^ "Step Inside This House » Blog Archive » One to Watch: John Craigie". Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  5. ^ Parsons, Tim (2014-07-09). "Good buds: Todd Snider and John Craigie". Archived from the original on 2014-09-14. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  6. ^ Brewer, Jude. "Endings - Storytellers Telling Stories".
  7. ^ "John Craigie Isn't Afraid of Intimacy". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  8. ^ Desk, TV News. "Singer-Songwriter John Craigie Announces New Album SCARECROW". Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  9. ^ "Album Review: John Craigie - Scarecrow 12" Vinyl". New Noise Magazine. 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  10. ^ Eisert, Jason (2013-07-25). "INTERROGATION: JOHN CRAIGIE". Archived from the original on 2014-08-11.
  11. ^ "Pond Rock".
  12. ^ a b "Folk singer Craigie creates travelogue through music". The Spokesman-Review. April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  13. ^ Brewer, Jude. "Endings - Storytellers Telling Stories".

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