John Craigie hosted a one-off CD release show at Portland, Oregon’s Doug Fir Lounge on December 15th. Portlanders braved icy roads to celebrate the singer/songwriter with a sold-out performance, and to get their hands on a copy of the new album, No Rain, No Rose.
In addition to the rapt crowd, Craigie also had support on the stage. After singing the first song, “Silver Lining,” solo, he brought out some special guests. No less than eleven friends and colleagues took the stage surrounding him, and they rotated in and out all evening.
Even with all of the firepower on stage, Craigie took the time to tell a few stories, which, if you’ve never seen him, can be as entertaining as his sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, always heartwarming catalog of songs.
In all, it was a great night with unique on-stage collaborations, serving as another feather in the cap of an up-and-coming Americana folk singer/songwriter/storyteller.
Guests: Gregory Alan Isakov, Brad Parsons, Bart Budwig, Bevin Foley (Trout Steak Revival), John Nuhn, Justin Landis, Jay Cobb Anderson (Fruition), Tyler Thompson (Fruition), Kat Fountain, Laurie and Katelyn Shook (Shook Twins), Niko Daoussis (Shook Twins)
Setlist: Silver Lining (solo), The Shape I’m In, Broken, Highway Blood, Michael Collins, Savannah, Leviticus (solo), Rough Johns, Tumbling Dice, Bucket List Grandmas, Pictures On My Phone (solo), Light Has Dimmed, I Am California, Banjo Renews
Encore: Naïve Melody