Heralded as a modern-day troubadour who plays songs in the spirit of Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, singer, songwriter and guitarist John Craigie has performed around the country — everywhere from Burning Man to radio stations and local bars and coffee shops.
Craigie will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at The Playwright Public House, 258 A St., Ashland. There is no cover for the show. His live shows are full of storytelling, in the tradition of folk singers.
His eighth studio album, “The Apocalypse is Over,” was inspired by his regular trips to New Orleans, La., where he became captivated by the music and spirit he found there.
Blending jazz, folk, blues and country, Craigie’s stories transport listeners from life in the French Quarter (“Preservation Hall”) to Van Gogh’s descent into madness in the south of France (“Rachel”) to the lonely life of a musician on the road (“We Ain’t Leavin’ This Bar Patrick (Till We Find You Some Love”).
Produced by the same team that created his well-received albums “Montana Tale” and “October is the Kindest Month,” the album was recorded in Martinez, Calif., in a house that was converted into a makeshift studio for a week.
John’s collaborators on “The Apocalypse is Over” include Steve Adams (bass), Randy Schwartz (drums) and Clinton Curtis (piano. Sean Hayes adds vocals to the opening track, “Innocent in My Arms.” The album was engineered, mixed and mastered by Cian Riordan.