Who Is John Craigie? 5 Things You Need to Know
Upon first listen to folk-Americana artist John Craigie, listeners will undoubtedly be reminded of the warbling, wandering voice of John Prine and the introspective lyrics of Bob Dylan (not to mention those harmonica riffs!). Those associations are well warranted based on Craigie's 10th studio album, No Rain, No Rose, released on Friday (Jan. 27), on which the artist shows off his storytelling prowess, poignant songwriting and sense of humor.
“It is the job of the folksinger to present someone to the audience that is relatable. To dissolve the wall between performer and listener as much as possible," Craigie says. "People want to hear your story that, in turn, is their story too.
"Music is not about making you feel better," he adds. "It’s about making you feel that you’re not alone."
If those words represent Craigie's vision as a musician, he's accomplished it with No Rain, No Rose. Not only do the album's 13 tracks reveal a portrait of an intimate storyteller with universal appeal, but the project was inspired by Craigie's desire to make music in community. No Rain, No Rose was recorded in the singer's hometown of Portland, Ore., in the old Victorian house in which he currently lives, alongside his best friends from the (immensely talented) Portland music scene: Gregory Alan Isakov, the Shook Twins and Tyler Thompson and Jay Cobb Anderson of Fruition. The record is truly a collaborative effort in support of Craigie's homey, well-crafted songs.
Whether he's opening for Americana favorites such as Shawn Colvin or Trampled By Turtles, traveling all over the U.S. for his charmingly hilarious live shows or releasing an inventively organic new album, Craigie is consistently revealing a new side of his music to longtime fans and new listeners alike. But who is John Craigie? Click through the photo gallery above to find out.