After 30 years of performing music, singer, songwriter and guitarist Craig Wright decided to change his approach slightly.
"I tend to over-think things," Wright says. "I realized a few months ago that it's all about the songs. So I try to just get busy writing songs and not think too much."
He's also changed his approach to his performance schedule.
Who: Craig Wright
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, July 12
Where: Caldera Tap House, 31 Water St., Ashland
"In the past I've gotten myself, especially locally, into that thing of just doing one gig after another," Wright says. "I'm trying to have some intent behind what I'm doing now. I'm taking my time for once in my life."
Wright will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Caldera Tap House, 31 Water St., Ashland. He will be joined throughout the night by various local and San Francisco Bay Area musicians. The cover costs $5.
Wright has busied himself with his music lately. In addition to his solo work, Wright is planning a few new projects with local musicians, as well as the continuation of his psychedelic jam band, "Cast of Clowns."
"I've definitely gotten myself excited about playing again," Wright says.
For his new music, Wright has drawn from a variety of influences.
"I've been listening to a lot of new music lately," Wright says, including Baltimore synth pop band Future Islands. "They kind of transcend genres. Then I've always been a fan of artists like Macy Gray and her approach to music, but I've also been going back to my roots — like Lightnin' Hopkins and old Delta blues.
"My songs have found their way through these filters. I'm trying to make use of what I'm exposed to and trying to expose myself to newer stuff."
With a new group of influences, it's difficult for Wright to describe the direction his songwriting has taken.
"I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be doing musically," Wright says. "I think that's one reason why I took a step back. I'm just so enthralled with so many different kinds of music. Somewhere in (the music), I have some kind of Louisiana style, but I think the biggest thing now is focusing on each song and hammering out their separate approaches."
While Wright may be stylistically unsure about his music, he has a clear idea about its intent.
"I'm really kind of in this place where I'm starting to get more honest in what I'm doing," Wright says. "That's happening in my song writing. It's not me trying to be anything, but rather trying to write material that reflects what I'm going through and what I'm seeing as best I can.
"I'm not out here to make a ton of money. I'm not out here for anything other than to serve truth and beauty the best I can. I think I'm in a pretty good position where I can do that."