"Conjures the attitude of Chris Robinson from The Black Crowes and the
humility and innocence of Woody Guthrie."
- Poughkeepsie Journal



           David Kraai (pronounced cry) is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who has been traveling and performing his melting pot of country, folk and rock music for over a decade. His roots stem from New York’s Hudson Valley, but his music has taken him all over the United States, and at times abroad, gaining him an ever-growing fan base.

           Carrying on the tradition of Cosmic American Music, David’s influences include Gram Parsons, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and The Band. These influences along with his unique sense of melody and lyric help create a sound that is truly his own. Kraai has been fortunate enough to release several albums and share stages and bills with some of his heroes like Pete Seeger, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Dickey Betts, Leon Russell, Charlie Louvin and more.

           David Kraai’s new album, Country Dreamer, features appearances by Danny Louis (Gov't Mule), Jeff Cease (The Black Crowes, Eric Church), Neil Flanz (Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Louvin), Rob Clores (The Black Crowes) and Amy Laber, whom Kraai also performs as a duo with. David says of the album, “It sounds great and fully showcases the songs, which is the most important thing. Musicians I love and have always admired are on this record, so it’s very special to me! Dreams can come true with a lot of hard work and emotion. Hopefully you’ll come along on this country dream too.”



Read an in-depth analysis of David's work by D.A. Carpenter
author of "Good Man, Honest Man: Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and the Role of the Folk Outlaw"
in Life, Music and Thought of Woody Guthrie (Ashgate 2011)





David has performed onstage with:
Pete Seeger
Garth Hudson, Randy Ciarlante (The Band)
John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful)
Danny Louis (Gov't Mule)
John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
Red Simpson
Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, Indigo Girls)
Bill Keith (Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys)
John Platania (Van Morrison)
John Simon (The Band, Janis Joplin, Taj Mahal)
Eric Weissberg (Dueling Banjos, Bob Dylan)
David Amram
Terrapin Family Band
Tim Easton
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
Members of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue
Members of Jimi Hendrix's Gypsy Sun and Rainbows
Members of Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris’ Fallen Angels
Members of Shaver/Billy Joe Shaver
Members of Mountain
Members of The Georgia Satellites
Members of The David Grisman Sextet
Members of The New Christy Minstrels
Members of The International Submarine Band

Career and performance highlights:
Named number 2 current protest song by Neil Young’s website
Previous release named 79th album of year by WNCW
Live on National Public Radio (NPR)
National Rock Convention performance & appearance
Interviews for Howard Stern and John Sinclair radio shows
Cowrite with Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) lyricist Gerrit Graham
Daniel Pearl Memorial Concerts Tour
Garage Band Tribute to The Beatles CD
Garage Band Tribute to The Rolling Stones CD
Carter Family Fold, CBGB’s, Antone's, Eddie’s Attic
Bearsville Theater, The Knitting Factory, Towne Crier Cafe
Gram Parsons Tribute Concerts
Gene Clark Tribute Concert
“Sneaky” Pete Kleinow Tribute Concert
Opened for and on bills with:
Levon Helm (The Band)
Dickey Betts & Great Southern
Leon Russell
Charlie Louvin
Dr. Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys
Al Jardine (The Beach Boys)
Mary Wilson (The Supremes)
Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt)
Jim Lauderdale
Victoria Williams
Dar Williams
Tommy James
Little Anthony & The Imperials
Denny Laine (Paul McCartney's Wings, The Moody Blues)
Tony Levin (John Lennon, Peter Gabriel)
Blondie Chaplin (The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys)
Elizabeth Cook
Tracy Bonham
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Cindy Cashdollar (Bob Dylan, Asleep at the Wheel)
Happy Traum
Burrito Deluxe
Walter Egan
Rory Block
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Members of the Grateful Dead
Members of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Band
Members of Jefferson Airplane
Members of Traffic
Members of Gregg Allman Band
Members of The Flying Burrito Brothers
Members of The Black Crowes
Members of Poco
Members of The Yardbirds
Members of The Hollies
Members of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Members of moe.
Members of The Raconteurs
Members of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’
Members of The Long Ryders


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