Saturday, July 18, 2009

Craig Carothers

Tonight's featured writer is Craig Carothers. We often hear about the "music" of a certain piece of poetry or prose. But Craig approaches music in his work more directly: He writes songs.

Now nationally and internationally famous, Craig started his career in Portland. He moved to Nashville in 2000, but it seems like he's almost never there. He's likely to pop up almost anywhere for a performance, whether it's solo, as this evening's show is, or with a
group of his friends for a "songwriters in the round" gig.

It's difficult to characterize Craig's music, but it has inspired an enthusiastic following perhaps comparable only to the "Dead-heads." When tonight's show leaves you wanting more, take home some music from the book table in the back of the room or catch him live on Tuesday July 19 at the Buffalo Gap saloon in Portland, where you can listen with your hands wrapped around a pretty good margarita.

It's good to have Craig back in Oregon. And it's good to anticipate some wonderful acoustic guitar and lyrics on such a lovely evening on the coast.

Please welcome Craig Carothers.
-Marianne Klekacz
CRAIG 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. His song, Little Hercules, recorded for Trisha Yearwood, went Gold. Craig is now traveling the country in support of his most recent CDs, Solo and Nothing Fancy.

Craig Carothers has toured with or opened for Mose Allison, Karla Bonoff, Jonatha Brooke, Rosanne Cash, Bruce Cockburn, Paula Cole, Robert Cray, Catie Curtis, Crash Test Dummies, Donovan, Peter Himmelman, John Hiatt, Leo Kottke, Patty Larkin, Michael McDonald, Dennis Miller, Anne Murray, Danny O'Keefe, Leroy Parnell, Paula Poundstone, Boz Skaggs, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Richard Thompson, Jethro Tull, Romeo Void, Loudon Wainwright III, Tim Weisberg, David Wilcox, Warren Zevon, and many others.

Video and Photo copyright by Carla Perry