Curtis and the Dilettantes - Tales of a Traveler
Curtis Becraft is a longtime veteran of the East Village music scene; he plays his originals with his band the Dilettantes. Curtis just released two new videos on YouTube! He has performed with artists such as Gillen & Turk; Theresa Sareo; Hope Machine; he is a featured player in Westchester's Backwoods Jupiter; he also plays accordion in notorious side-project the Rolling Tumbleweeds.
His debut record Tales of a Traveler is a collection of many of the best songs that Curtis has written during more than 15 years of playing music on the NYC scene.
It is an ambitious work; fifteen original songs, over seventy minutes of music meticulously produced by Curtis and Fred Gillen Jr. at Woody's House studios in Croton NY.
Tales of a Traveler features the Dilettantes, a transitory group of talented musicians artists and producers who were all eager to assist Curtis with his recording quest.
Musical contributions by artists like Matt Turk, Fred Gillen Jr., the YaYas, Theresa Sareo, Catherine Miles, Scott Cornwell, Julie Corbalis, Scott Urgola, Steve Kirkman and many others provide tones that make the songs and stories on the record come alive.
Acoustic and electric guitars, pianos organs and accordions, mandolins fiddles and banjos, saxophones and harmonicas, solo vocals and six-part harmonies; Tales of a Traveler is progressive folk, with fully-realized productions and complex vocal and instrumental arrangements.
Tales of a Traveler has a deluxe CD package with photographs by Paul Silverman that chronicle the journey of making the record and provide portraits of the many characters that participated in its creation.
The lyrics of Tales of a Traveler are as varied as the stories in a Washington Irving collection; some are tender scenes from days gone by - i.e. Rebecca, Farewell Old Friend; others are dreamlike inner monologues of confidence and doubt - Something New, Partake, Sometimes at Night; still others are bawdy fun like Things You Do to Me and She Crashed My Car; the anthem for individuality of The Road to Paradise; the hardships on the road in Lights Go Down and Genesee; the desperation of When the Morning Comes; rebirth and renewal in the cyclical Next Time Around.
Curtis is currently playing solo gigs on piano and guitar, and also sets with his ever-evolving band of Dilettantes. He has many gigs coming up including stand-bys like the Starving Artist Cafe on City Island in the Bronx and Gizzi's Coffeehouse in Manhattan.
You can learn more by choosing to Like his Curtis and the Dilettantes fan page on Facebook; you can also check out Curtis and the Dilettantes on ReverbNation and stream Tales of a Traveler.