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 36)
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Folk, Americana
Instruments Vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica
Years active 2003-present
Associated acts Pond Rock

John Craigie (born June 15, 1980 in Santa Monica, CA) 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 through the United States, Canada and Europe. His music and performance style has been compared to Greg Brown, Dan Bern, and Mitch Hedberg, Pete Seeger, and Arlo Guthrie.[3]

He has performed with or opened for Todd Snider, Paul Thorn, Zach Gill, Brett Dennen, Shawn Colvin, Sean Hayes, Nicki Bluhm, Steve Adams, Aoife O'Donovan, ALO, Shook Twins, and Trampled by Turtles. He has received airplay on many radio stations including KPIG, KHUM, WUIN, and KFAI. He has developed his diverse following through playing numerous venues and festivals around the world including Burning Man, High Sierra Music Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, Oregon Country Fair, Salmonstock and others.[4] He is best known for his storytelling, sense of humor, and poignant songwriting.

Craigie has released nine studio albums, three live albums, and two cover albums. His release, The Apocalypse is Over, came out in August 2013.[5] His 2015 release, Working On My Farewell, came out in January 2015 and is the first album with Craigie playing only electric guitar.

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

In his early days he sang vocals and played lead guitar for the Santa Cruz, CA band "Pond Rock" playing for popular bohemian crowd venues and house parties. They sang 1960s and 1970s covers as well as their own originals.

He majored in mathematics at UC Santa Cruz.[6]

He has had a cover story on the Santa Cruz Weekly.


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Live albums[edit]

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  1. ^ Pierce, Jacob (2013-01-08). "John Craigie's Traveling Musical Adventure". Santa 
  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 
  4. ^ Parsons, Tim (2014-07-09). "Good buds: Todd Snider and John Craigie". 
  5. ^ Felton, J (2013-10-27). "John Craigie – The Apocalypse Is Over". 
  6. ^ Eisert, Jason (2013-07-25). "INTERROGATION: JOHN CRAIGIE".  External link in |publisher= (help)

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