Kraig James is a squatchy performing singer/songwriter from the Duluth, MN area. Kraig’s style is a hotdish of genre’s he dubbs "Campfire Americana", with dashes of rock, blues, alternative, folk, praise, county, and Americana.
His mellow but spirited baritone vocals are a perfect fit for venues who want to bring their live music forward, but also provide patrons with the ability to visit with each other comfortably. His pleasing vocal muse is accompanied by a stompbox that gets the audience tapping their toes, harmonica for occasional melodies, and acoustic guitar. Makes for a great opening act too.
Price Range: $50 - $250
Kraig James has cataloged over a hundred original songs, which he dips into dynamically during performances that leave catchy lyrics and melodies resonating post-show.
His original songs reflect the trials and tribulations of living with, not in, Northern Minnesota and his shows sprinkle in familiar traditional covers ranging from Dylan, Young, Cash, Nelson, Eagles, Denver, Taylor, Buffett, and Prine, along with more current Trampled by Turtles, Mraz, Coldplay and several others from his vast catalog.
His style is a perfect fit for pubs, coffee houses, brewery tap rooms, opening and supporting slots for regional/national artists, and festivals.
As a performing singer/songwriter, Kraig James is also familiar with sound setup and promotion, and can provide his own pro sound for both smaller and medium-sized venues. Kraig co-founded the Highway 61 Folks Festival in 2002 with his good friend and music affectionado Jim Myhre, which included a Songwriters Contest that featured future stars such as Haley Bonar, Teague Alexy, Justin Roth, Eric Pollard (Actual Wolf), Sara Thomsen, Bill Isles, and Colleen Myhre. The headliners for the first few years were future national greats Charlie Parr and Trampled by Turtles. Kraig currently books and hosts a songwriters series at the Streetcar Pub in Carlton, MN.
Influences & Inspiration
Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Cash, Willie Nelson, The Eagles, John Denver, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, John Prine, Hank Williams, Jr., Trampled by Turtles, Coldplay, The Avett Brothers, Charlie Parr.
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