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Craig Corona at Gypsy Cafe's Friday Night Dinner
One of my favorite spots to bring you a night of music. Great food, nice drink selection and a cozy atmosphere. Reservations Recommended.
Who is he and where did he come from?
Born and raised on Long Island during a period when most kids were listening
to glamour rock it's hard to believe that Craig could have been pushed in the
direction to perform Bluegrass and Country music. He taught himself to play
on his father's cheap, old, nylon string classical (which he still has). It was
when he was forced to join the school choir by his best friend that
he was set on the course to performing. Campfire type sing alongs taught him
a lot of the old folk tunes that he still holds among his influences. Playing
these songs also taught him the value of sharing music. During the "Urban Cowboy"
period when everyone wanted to ride a mechanical bull, Craig's parents
owned a small country bar that boasted live music on weekends. Hanging
out and watching the performers he was inspired and became more
familiar with the trade. Finally, one night, Tom Russel and Andrew Hardin
convinced his parents to let him get up and play a few songs with them.
The bug bit hard!
With influences from Hank Williams to John Denver to Crosby Stills and Nash, Craig writes and performs folk music with a distinctive country flavor. In 1997, Craig released his first full length CD, Sawmill Town, featuring ten original tracks rich with rural American hopes and dreams. Craig’s early influences of folk, country and bluegrass are showcased by his melodic vocals and rich harmonies. In 2012, Craig released his long awaited sophomore album, About Time, which further explored his diverse music background through instrumentation including pedal steel, banjo, and lap steel. While Craig is best known as a solo singer/songwriter, he also tours as a one man jukebox of country, pop, and rock tunes from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, bringing people to their feet with the songs that defined an entire generation.