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Craig T. has been writing, playing and performing for a lifetime across the musical landscape of this little blue marble. As a writer, story teller, entertainer and song stylist, he's worked different styles from piano or guitar over the last three decades around the world. "It's all about life and love. One song at a time, one story at a time."
Unless he's booked in a dance club, you'll find him mainly performing covers and original love songs in the keys of jazz, pop, folk/Americana, gospel and country genres. . If an event is marked as "acoustic", it will be without all his electronics. Otherwise he will be working from his rack of keyboards and harmonizers producing a wall of sound and harmony that he was known for, for years. Respected for over a decade as the top one man touring act by dozens of artists around the country, you will hear a lot of classics from the 70's 80's and 90's in his shows today. You can hear some of his music at CTOLSON.com..
Craig T's musical world is pretty diverse. On the "Hey I love God side" of music ministry it is Praise2Worship.com. It incorporates the concept of "developing lifestyles of worship". It includes live worship events and radio broadcasts. dozens of videos available on YouTube of worship songs with his team in live events with over 250k views. He also produces and broadcasts an on demand a 1 hour daily musical faith program at www.Drivetimeworship.com. The broadcast is produced and performed daily from WoodNfire Studios in Mpls, MN. There is also a one minute daily short devotional feature called "Aworshipminute.com" that discusses life, science, and how it relates to the elements of faith.
Craig T. has owned a WebDevelopment company in the 90's, still has a Fed. US wine import licence, looks to open a restaurant with a grand piano in his next offering and is studing cooking and developing a menu daily. He is currently working on his second screenplay, first draft for a book on marriage, continues writing songs, developing new business models and concepts, plays golf, racquetball, and would be happy to finish life on a stream in Montana with a flyrod in his hand.
His concern is that Jesus might return someday when Craig has a 28" Cutthroat on a 4/5wt bamboo fly rod, and that will be just one more of lifes "are you kidding me" moments turned into a song. Wait, I now hear him in the other room on the guitar "Je----sus, I got a 28 incher with 100feet of line down river. So wont you wait a minute longer fore you open up the clouds and blow the trumpet louder than I've ever heard before".
Playin in the 70's, it was all about the lyric and the acoustic folk rock.
Playin in the 80's, was all about the clothes, hair, synths and spandex.
Playin in the 90's, was all about turning country into pop.
And when the money is in the bank, and you have more time with a guitar on your lap than your children, it's time for a break.
So i took a decade or so off, to discover other gifts, and faith in something real again... Well, the only thing real.. is love. Unconditional love. Impossible to truly give, darn hard to accept, but well worth the effort.
I have a remarkable wife of over 3 decades, incredible children and grandchildren, a few forever friends and enemies to keep me honest and it all rolls out in songs.
Did i mention God, a Mountain Stream, a good Therapist and a good cigar with cognac will help you find solutions?