"Guitar Notes," a new CD of fingerstyle acoustic music from Kevin "KC" Craine of Portland, Oregon, takes the listener on an atmospheric journey through compositional terrain that ranges from brightly colored, such as bluesy "Creeper," to dimly lit, such as moody "Sasha's Lament" -- with a little Hawaiian slack-key thrown in. Craine's impeccable technique and clarity are evident throughout, as is his control of dynamics, whether on fast-paced romps like "Two Rivers" and "Dance of the Lawn Gnomes" or slow tempo "Mahaulepu Serenade," "The Last Trillium," and "Heart Pieces," where Craine stretches the pauses between the notes to amp up the emotion. The influence of Windham Hill is apparent in his compositions, with their emphasis on soft edges, but it is in the more bluesy pieces, such as "Not Guilty," that Craine especially shines. Whatever the landscape, "Guitar Notes" is a wonderful addition to the acoustic guitar repertoire."
“Really enjoyed "Guitar Notes". This is what it would've sounded like for Jimmy page to produce Leo Kottke."”
Eric Skye, Guitarist and Recording Artist - Portland
“Masterful fingerstyle guitar with a backpack full of alt-country, folk and blues.”
The Oregonian Newspaper
“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the show you did for the Portland Guitar Society. Lots of versatility, styles, tunings, etc.”
Burt Keeble, Portland Guitar Society
“KC Craine's Daddy's Old Guitar is a very complete body of work. Outstanding lyrics with significant depth evoke memories and paint stories in your mind. KC's tasteful playing compliments his soulful, folksy voice; very warm and familiar. You just can't sit down and listen on on track, you'll be enjoying the whole CD before you can walk away. Very, very nice.”
Jaime Cafe, iTunes
“Second Wind is a delight, reminds me a bit of Windham Hill guitarists I have heard.”
Bill Warmoth, Artisan Guitars, Nashville
“I just saw your concert last night and I found myself moved and led to introspection several times. I liked how you placed yourself in your community and family lineage. "Daddy's Old Guitar" was the title I remember, but there were others. You've taken your life as it is and made music from it.”
Robert Spencer, Nampa, Idaho
"We love having KC play at Ava. He's been one of our most popular performers and customers regularly ask when he's playing next. He's a top-notch guitarist and singer."
Amy Saberiyan, Owner, Ava Roasteria
"Saw your concert last night at Hipbone Studio. Wow! What a great show...I really, really enjoyed it. The room was perfect, tha ambiance- superb, and the music- priceless! It was so great in so many ways, thanks for your wonderful music."
Jim Brown, Portland
“Second Wind is like a breath of fresh air. The album encircles the listener with passion and inspiration.”
Eric Schultheis, Guitarist with Key of Dreams
“If you are anywhere close, make the time to see KC. Nice vocals and guitar work.”
Steve Anderson, Breedlove Guitars, Bend, Oregon