John Craigie w/ Joel Thetford

If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a baby, the resulting product would resemble something very close to Portland, OR singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to Prine, with the humor and wit of Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It’s no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage.

The vagabond troubadour has charmed audiences in all 50 states and throughout much of Europe, with a DIY spirit seldom seen these days. While touring solo and with the likes of Todd Snider, the Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, Craigie has taken the stage at festivals, sold out venues, intimate house concerts, center camp at Burning Man and even Gregory Alan Isakov’s farm. Although based in Portland, Craigie’s true home is on the road, and just like that he’s on to the next town, playing and singing and telling stories to everyone who wants to listen.

He’ll make you laugh and make you cry, all in the same song. With a fan-base that is more of a continually-expanding circle of friends, John Craigie’s true passion is connecting with people through shared experiences, stories, and song.

John Craigie

Raised in the shadow of Billy Bob's, one of Texas's legendary honky tonks, Joel Thetford grew up listening to the sounds of classic country radio and the wide variety of rock and roll, blues, and folk music that the Texas scene provided. His career as a bull-rider landed him eventually in Stephenville, where the Texas Country scene was booming. With acts like Gary Stewart, Jerry Jeff Walker, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert Earl Keen making regular stops in town, those were Joel's earliest and strongest influences as he began writing songs.

Since relocating to Portland, Maine, Joel has become a fixture in the Maine songwriting community, and has shared the stage with such acts as The Alternate Roots, Chris Ross and the North, The Mallett Brothers Band, North of Nashville, The Ghosts of Johnson City, Dark Hollow Bottling Company, Jake Hill & Deep Creek, Joe Gallant & the Transit, Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Truckers, Max Garcia Conover, and many more.

Joel's debut EP, Here I Go, was released in the summer of 2015. The album was co-produced by Will Mallett of The Mallett Brothers Band, who Joel originally met at a Steve Earle concert in Portland, and who would eventually talk Joel into getting into the studio and making a record.  It was recorded at Wallyworld in Portland by Wally, mixed by Jonathan Wyman at The Halo, and mastered by Dave Collins in Los Angeles.

Joel Thetford

7pm doors | 8pm show | $12 adv. | $15 day of

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