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John Craigie is Bob Dylan 2.0

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“I’m awake and I’m crazy,” murmurs singer-songwriter John Craigie in the first line of the first track of his 10th and most recent album, No Rain, No Rose. Since 2003, Craigie — who hails from Santa Monica but now resides in Portland, Ore., — has been crafting poignant and autobiographical tunes, steeped in the twanginess of Americana and the soft sensibilities of folk. His frothy, guitar-heavy jams are both calm and contemplative, and exude major Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Lyle Lovett vibes.

A true troubadour, Craigie — who joins Jack Johnson on tour this summer — has spent much of the last decade on the road, writing travelogue tunes about his journeys and playing shows in such disparate places as county fairs, Burning Man stages, and private farms.

Oh, and apparently ol’ Chuck Norris is a fan and sends Craigie emails — because of course the former Texas-ranger-turned-infomercial-star is down with the singer’s ruminative, slice-of-life ballads (and eager to tell him so). After all, rule No. 6 in the honor code of Chuk Kuk Do, the martial arts practice Norris created, is, “Always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.”

John Craigie
At 8 p.m., Saturday, April 22, at Swedish American Music Hall. $20-$25; swedishamericanhall.com

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Jessie Schiewe

Jessie Schiewe was the Music Editor for SF Weekly from Fall 2015 to Summer 2017. She is now the editor and publisher of OK Whatever (www.okwhatever.org), an online publication dedicated to all things weird and strange. You can send her mail at jessie@okwhatever.org.

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