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David Kraai / Blog

Thursday & Friday nights...

Hello friends, I hope all of this winter weather has been treating you well! Thankfully, you can beat that cabin fever by moseying out to a show this week... ----- David Kraai solo Thursday, February 16th @ Birdsall House 970 Main Street Peekskill, NY, USA 9:30PM, No cover ** I'll be swinging back by this excellent craft beer gastropub to dole out two sets! Great food, amazing drinks and fine country folk music... it doesn't get any better! ----- David Kraai with Chris Macchia Friday, February 17th @ Pennings Farm 161 State Route 94 South Warwick, NY, USA 8-11PM, No cover ** I will be serving up two sets of fine country folk music with the help of Chris Macchia slapping that country bass! Swing by this awesome farm's pub & grill for refreshing cold drinks, great eats and a grand ole time y’all... ----- I hope to see you out there for some fun in this winter wonderland! Much Peace & Respect... David http://www.davidkraai.com http://www.facebook.com/davidkraai http://www.reverbnation.com/davidkraai http://www.birdsallhouse.net http://www.penningsfarmmarket.com

Mountainside Wildflower

Hey all, I'm very happy to have played on Amy Laber's new album Mountainside Wildflower, which was just released on September 2nd! I doled out some mandolin, harmonica and acoustic guitar alongside other great friends & players like Neil Flanz, Danny Louis, Fooch Fischetti, Byron Isaacs and Cindy Cashdollar! We will be playing a FREE in-store show at a great record store to promote the album and I hope you can mosey on out... ----- David Kraai & Amy Laber Saturday, September 10th @ Darkside Records 611 Dutchess Turnpike Poughkeepsie, NY, USA 6PM, No cover ** Amy & I will be swinging by Darkside Records for a live performance followed by a listening party to celebrate the release of her new album Mountainside Wildflower! Country harmonies, sweet banjo, tasty mandolin, twangy guitars and soulful harmonica... it really doesn’t get any better! So mosey on out to Hudson Valley's largest independent record store to hear some great music and snag a copy of the new album! ----- If you can't make it, you can always score a copy online too: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/amylaber2 See you soon! Much Peace & Respect... David http://www.davidkraai.com http://www.davidandamymusic.com http://www.facebook.com/davidkraai http://www.reverbnation.com/davidkraai http://www.darksiderecordsandgallery.com

More shows & starting a new album...

Hey all, I'll be playing some more shows this week... and the gang and I start recording a new album tomorrow! It's a VERY exciting project and I'll be sharing more news with you all as things progress, so come on out to the shows to hear the new songs and keep checking these emails & the social media pages to stay up-to-date on everything that's going on! ----- David Kraai with Fooch Fischetti Friday, August 5th @ Smokin' Pony BBQ 963 Kings Highway Saugerties, NY, USA 8-11PM, No cover ** I'll be doling out two sets of fine country folk music with the help of Fooch Fischetti on pedal steel and fiddle! Swing by this excellent barbecue joint and bar for a grand ole time... and be sure to put on them honky-tonkin’ shoes y'all! ----- David Kraai & Amy Laber Sunday, August 7th @ The Wherehouse 119 Liberty Street Newburgh, NY, USA 4-7PM, No cover ** Amy & I are swinging back by this awesome restaurant and music venue to dole out two sets! Country harmonies, sweet banjo, tasty mandolin, twangy guitars, beautiful autoharp and soulful harmonica... it doesn’t get any better! This place also has a vibe straight out of the heyday of Haight-Ashbury, so mosey on out for a great afternoon of live music and good vibes... ----- I hope to see you very soon! Much Peace & Respect... David http://www.davidkraai.com http://www.davidandamymusic.com http://www.facebook.com/davidkraai http://www.reverbnation.com/davidkraai http://www.smokinponybbq.com http://www.thewherehouserestaurant.com

Gram festival & "Hickory Wind" guitar...

Howdy friends, It'll be a fun week ahead as I make my way down South for one of the shows I look forward to playing the most each year... ----- David Kraai & Amy Laber Saturday, September 21st @ Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Okefenokee Fairgrounds 2451 Knight Avenue Waycross, GA, USA 7:40PM, $30-40 ** At this annual tribute festival to the godfather of country rock, Amy Laber and I will be doling out a duo set of Cosmic American Music! Country harmonies, sweet banjo, tasty mandolin, twangy guitars, soulful harmonica and beautiful autoharp... it doesn’t get any better than this! Three days of music including Levi Lowrey, Ian Dunlop (of Gram Parsons' International Submarine Band), Fayssoux Starling McLean, music journalist Stanley Booth and many more! Be sure to make it out to this excellent hootenanny... plus I did the poster for it! ----- And, in light of the above, it seems only appropriate to "unveil" a relatively new acquisition of mine... the guitar that Gram Parsons and Bob Buchanan wrote "Hickory Wind" on! You'll be able to hear it during our set this weekend, and read a whole lot about it right here: http://www.davidkraai.com/hickorywind.html Enjoy and I hope to see y'all very soon! Much Peace & Respect... David http://www.davidkraai.com http://www.davidandamymusic.com http://www.facebook.com/davidkraai http://www.reverbnation.com/davidkraai http://www.myspace.com/davidkraai http://www.gpgpfest.com

Country Dreamer out today! New website and shows too...

Howdy gang, My new album, Country Dreamer, is officially out today and I hope y'all will snag yourself a copy! If I do say so myself, it sounds great... and features appearances from some of my friends and heroes: Danny Louis (Gov't Mule) Jeff Cease (The Black Crowes, Eric Church) Neil Flanz (Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Louvin) Rob Clores (The Black Crowes) Amy Laber and more! You can grab it online at: http://www.davidkraai.com/store.html or iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/country-dreamer/id553612644 Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Country-Dreamer/dp/B008YFSVZE/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346976125&sr=301-1 CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/davidkraai3 My new website has launched today as well, so swing on over there too and check out the new design, new photos and even some live performances with Garth Hudson of The Band! And, I'd never want to leave you without your fix of music, live and in concert, so... ----- TONIGHT!!! David Kraai solo Tuesday, September 18th @ The Wherehouse 119 Liberty Street Newburgh, NY, USA 7:30PM, No cover ** I'll be returning to this awesome restaurant and music venue to dole out two solo sets on a Taco Tuesday! This place has a vibe straight out of the heyday of Haight-Ashbury, so come on out for live music, to chomp down 5 tacos for 5 bucks and wash it all away with a few $3 cans of Modelo... and snag yourself copy of Country Dreamer! ----- David Kraai & Amy Laber Saturday, September 22nd @ Hudson Valley Harvest Festival Ulster County Fairgrounds 249 Libertyville Road New Paltz, NY, USA 1:30PM, $3-5 ** Amy Laber and I will be doling out a concert of the finest country folk music this side of anywhere at the first annual Hudson Valley Harvest Festival! Country harmonies, sweet banjo, tasty mandolin, twangy guitars and soulful harmonica... it doesn’t get any better! This family oriented event will feature a broad array of locally grown and produced foods, vendors, arts and crafts, musical entertainment and educational activities for all ages. Admission proceeds from this event will support two of Ulster County’s leading not-for profit agencies, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and Family of Woodstock Inc., both of which provide services and education to the community. Adult admission is $5, ages 5-12 is $3 and ages 4 and under are FREE! Come on out to the Ulster County Fairgrounds and celebrate this county’s rich agricultural heritage y'all... ----- David Kraai solo Tuesday, September 25th @ "Local Licks" on WRIP (97.9FM) From the Catskills to the Capital Region Windham, NY, USA 6PM, FREE! ** Tune in as I will be this week’s live guest on "Local Licks" - 97.9 FM’s program showcasing music from the mountaintop and Hudson Valley! Hosted by Sonny Rock, I'll be talking and performing in-studio to promote the new record. Besides your radio dial, you can also tune in online at: http://www.wrip979.com/stream.html ----- Fall is here, so break out those Canadian tuxedos and come along on this country dream with me... it's gonna be a great one! Much Peace & Respect... David http://www.davidkraai.com http://www.davidandamymusic.com http://www.facebook.com/davidkraai http://www.myspace.com/davidkraai http://www.reverbnation.com/davidkraai http://www.thewherehouserestaurant.com http://www.hudsonvalleyharvestfestival.com http://www.wrip979.com

Limited edition 7" vinyl out now!

Howdy all, Here's some good news: my 45rpm vinyl as a duo with Amy Laber is here! All of the pre-orders have shipped and the lucky folks at recent shows were able to snag their own copies too! There are still some left, so come on out to a show or order online... the details are here: http://www.davidandamymusic.com http://www.davidkraai.com/cds.html Two new songs... Limited edition... Individually numbered... Picture sleeve... Digital download card... Poster featuring original art by your truly, David Kraai! Enjoy! Much Peace & Respect... David

A bunch of new music...

Friends and neighbors here in the cosmic reality, I am pleased to announce that you can now get your hands on a whole bunch of new music by The Saddle Tramps and I! - First, I've unlocked the archives to let you in on a plenty of FREE live recordings! There are some cuts from this year's juggernaut performance at the Rosendale Street Festival, as well as a treasure trove of stripped-down, acoustic performances from 2008! They are all available to stream or download over at: http://www.davidkraai.com/music.html - Secondly, earlier in the year we recorded our version of "One After 909" for Collectables Records' Garage Band Tribute to The Beatles! There are plenty of other great acts turning in their renditions of songs by The Fab Four on this...and it's out in stores and online today! So, snag yourself a copy: http://www.oldies.com/product-view/13982.html http://www.amazon.com/Garage-Tribute-Beatles-Various-Artists/dp/B002PCKRCC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1254253586&sr=1-3 - I hope you enjoy the listening as much as we did the making of it all! Peace & Respect... David http://www.davidkraai.com http://www.myspace.com/davidkraai http://www.facebook.com/davidkraai

Hittin' the Note Magazine review...

Gang, I am very happy to inform you that the current issue of Hittin' the Note Magazine, which is published by the Allman Brothers Band folks, has a glowing review of "high & lonesome" in it for your reading pleasure! You can read it online at our website: http://www.davidkraai.com/highlonesomereviews.html Or mosey on over to your local newstand and snag your own copy, which is chock full of the latest in-depth coverage of the Allman Brothers Band (who celebrate their 40 year anniversary this year!) and its extended family, as well as all of the other bands and artists you have come to love over the years... not to mention CD, DVD and book reviews! I know you'll dig it... because music matters. Talk to you soon! Peace & Respect... David http://www.davidkraai.com http://www.myspace.com/davidkraai http://www.facebook.com/facebook http://www.hittinthenote.com