Craig Erickson is a singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and producer. Raised in the midwest heartland, his stylistic brew includes blues, fusion, rock, jazz, funk, reggae, acoustic, and more.
Throughout Craigs heavy bluesrock CD’s, there has always been a fusion jam flavor which is multiplied 100 times in live shows. Influences and comparisons include Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Trower, Shawn Lane, Eric Johnson, Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Kings X, Chris Whitley, SRV, Govt Mule, Jimmy Herring, Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather, Mike Stern, Glenn Hughes, Free, Monte Montgomery and many many more…
He has toured with Rob Lamothe, Glenn Hughes, Rob Wasserman, and solo in the US and Europe. He has over 10 solo CDs, and special guest appearances on tributes to SRV,Albert King,Shawn Lane ,and Gary Moore.
Festival appearances and European tours have been plenty and more are upcoming. Most recent CDs include “Castle Blues”(Nerves Wos-France),”The Porch Of PlanetPluto Pt. 1″(traintone),and “New Earth Blues”(Grooveyard). Craig has had songs included in shows on MTV, VH1, ABC, PBS, and in 2011 on “Chicago Code” and “Justified” (FX)
Craig played during the summer in France and has more touring on tap for 2012 in the US and overseas. Rave reviews in France and Germany led Craig to multiple tours in Europe which in turn, opened the door to endorsement deals with French guitar company Vigier and other companies like Seymour Duncan and Rivera.
An upcoming release (“Galactic Roadhouse”) for Shrapnel/BBI records, is on the table for April 2012 as well. He has been busy producing ,recording and co-writing with other artists as well.
Taking a further look back…
The son of a great jazz guitarist father, Craig Erickson started out at age 12 playing covers of Hendrix, Mountain, Jeff Beck, Cream, etc. A trip to New York at 13 led to seeing John Mclaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra playing high energy fusion at Central Park. This inspired Craig to branch out and listen to more jazz, fusion, classical, funk, etc. and he also started playing drums, keyboards, and bass… in addition to guitar. This enabled him to understand composition, arrangement and musical interaction more intensely. Free-form jamming in the basement and various nightclubs with the best musicians in town furthered his musical chops.
One Iowa City band he composed and played guitar/keys with, included musicians that later went on to perform with artists such as Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, Pharoah Sanders and Charlie Hunter.
The 80′s brought Craig a large clientele of guitar students who wanted to learn to shred like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, etc. He began composing funk and shred fusion instrumentals which caught the ear of Mike Varney (Shrapnel, BBI and Tone Center records). Craig was signed and flown to San Francisco to work with killer musicians to record “Roadhouse Stomp”, an intense funky blues rock showcase, echoing Hendrix, ZZ Top, and Johnny Winter, with a fusion edge. This led to more CD’s in S.F. and L.A., including a musical association with legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze). Hughes has worked lately with Chad Smith and Joe Bonamassa, among others.
He had long planned to put out a fusion jam-band type CD which coalesced into the amazing Cosmic Farm CD for tone Center records. The affair was a collaboration with Rob Wasserman(Banyan, Ratdog, Lou Reed), T. Lavitz(Widespread Panic, Jazz Is Dead) and Jeff Sipe(ARU, Shawn Lane, Leftover Salmon, Susan Tedeschi, etc.). A tour with Willie Waldman and Rob Wasserman had preceded the concept of the album and led to other gigs and jams with Sipe, Wasserman and others.