“And this is the thing about paradoxes: you can let the contradictions consume you, and drive yourself crazy trying to find the right side to stand upon, or you can embrace every oppositional reality, make it part of who you are, and ride with it into the future. The biggest difference between the young man who once sat in my classroom and the wizened man standing behind his guitar today rests with this understanding. Now he’s ready to make his move, and more importantly, he’s ready to do it with as clear a sense of self-awareness which any of us will ever have. And once anyone figures out how to take the demons which used to haunt them and turn them into assets…well, it’s impossible not to root for that story.”
“Perhaps it seemed a bit too on the nose that Kevin Crafton opened his homecoming show with the song "Home" on Friday night, but the Greencastle native was happy to be home and he wasn't shy about saying it.”
“Local Album of the Year Kevin Crafton The Vacant Heartland In setting out to write a list like this, it's hard to know where to put a record by someone you actually know, especially if that someone is a former co-worker. But I would be remiss if I didn't mention Kevin Crafton's "The Vacant Heartland" because it was one of my favorites of 2011. I may be biased, but that's OK. The truth is that for me, songs like "The Vacant Heart(land)" and "Joanie" were among the most memorable of the last 12 months. The fact that the tunes are made by a local singer-songwriter we actually have the chance to enjoy in person is just icing on the cake.”
“Kevin Crafton, in my opinion, is by far one of the greatest singer/song writers of our time. I listen to his music everyday, no matter my mood. He creates beautiful melodies and catchy lyrics that can move you to a whole new place. The storytelling in each of the songs has literally given me goosebumps before. Kevin has a great singing voice and is a very skilled writer. I find myself singing one of his songs everyday. The music in The Vacant Heartland speaks to all people. It can speak to the lovers, the fighters, the winners, the less fortunate, the lonely, the sad, the happy, and the people who live life to the fullest. I highly recommend buying the CD, and also catching a live performance. The passion and love for music that Kevin Crafton presents while performing is absolutely breath taking. He has the desire to please all ears, and fulfills those duties with every performance.”
"Kevin was right in that there is a place for his music; I have missed the accessibility of lyrics you can wrap your head around paired with a great voice."
“What happens when the kids who cut their teeth on '90s rock get older, live a little life and start to find out what the grown up world is like? When we're lucky, they make a smart, understated album like Kevin Crafton's "The Vacant Heartland."”