Maybe you’ve heard of Dan Craig, or maybe not. If you are into the Denver local music scene, chances are you have. He’s been building a following the past several years here in Denver with his indie blend of folk-rock that is reminiscent of Josh Ritter, or maybe Ryan Adams with slightly less twang.
Last night at the Bluebird Theater, Dan Craig and his Band played a show to release what is quite possibly their best studio project to date: Alchemy.
I’ve been playing my advance copy of the record for several weeks now, and have had to proverbially bite my tongue to keep from sharing a track or two with readers here until I had permission to do so. Dan’s got a gift for both lyric and music, in my opinion, and with his gravelly voice and jangly guitar (and a solid band to back him up), the “alchemy” of this record just works for me. The whole record is strong, from the collection of songs to the instrumentation–but for me the songwriting is what puts it over the top. Dan Craig has conclusively proven that it is possible to write alt-indie-folk songs with a clearly identifiable hook.
If you don’t know the Dan Craig Band, you really should. The alchemy of this record is too good for just one town to enjoy.