Craig Caffall Band

Craig Caffall Band

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

CCB is R&B'sy, funky, Bluesy, New Orleansy street beat. Songs you can dance to

Biography

Craig Caffall says music has been a major part of his life since he started playing drums at the ripe old age of eight. After traveling for six months in Europe with his mother Eve and step-father John Muir (“How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive� circ. 1969), the folks shipped Craig off to attend boarding school in England where he took up the guitar and started playing the blues. “I noticed that drummers don’t get seen, let alone remembered as much from the stage and that guitarists/front men definitely get noticed� Caffall said jokingly, “but the real reason is at the time it was easier to show up with a guitar and amp than a whole set of drums.�
Caffall started playing professionally when he was 17, playing in clubs in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he backed up a female singer Jeannie Lynn from Chicago. “She used to sing at a Holiday Inn somewhere outside Chicago. Then she moved to San Miguel and would sing at Mama Mia’s bar. She would sing five songs then go out into the audience and schmooze the crowd. Meanwhile I would stay up on stage and sing the rest of the set. After a couple of months of this the club owner gave me my own show.�

Spending half his time in Mexico and half in the United States, Caffall’s musical influences comes from Rock, Blues, Country, R&B, Funk, Latin, Ranchero, Norteño, Reggae, Folk and Bluegrass.

He was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived there permanently for the last nine years, forming his own band, The Craig Caffall Band, which has had several incarnations. And for the past five years Caffall has been the lead guitarist with Grammy nominated, award winning Blues singer Maria Muldaur (“Midnight at the Oasis�circ. 1974), touring extensively nationally and abroad in countries like Japan, Canada and Mexico. While Caffall has been with Muldaur he has played with or shared the stage with
Lori Lewis, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Wier, Linda Tillery, Holly Near, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson, Kita Bill, Austin De Lone, Norton Buffalo, Dan Hicks, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, J.D. Souther, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Dave Mason, Dr. John, Blind Boys of Alabama, Taj Majal, Bobby “Blue� Bland, Devon Allman, Greg Allman and Friends, Buddy Guy, David Nictern and Lee Oskar to name a few.
In 2008 Caffall appeared on Muldaur’s Live in Concert CD/DVD package released through GRA Records featuring a live performance of “Midnight at the Oasis�.
GRA liked Caffall’s work so much on the Muldaur project that they signed him to a deal and released his CD “Hold Me Up� this year which Caffall will be out this summer promoting playing shows behind it.
“I have learned a lot more about music since I started playing with Maria and one of the things I love about her repertoire is her love of New Orleans music� comments Caffall admiringly. Before Caffall moved back to the Bay Area in 2001, he lived in New Orleans for five years working in bands and also making a living as a carpenter. “A musician has got to eat and buy strings for his guitar� quips Caffall half-jokingly about his construction capabilities.

In 1999 Caffall released his first CD “Roll On Big Sister� recorded entirely in the “world famous� French Quarter in New Orleans. “I had members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra playing on my album. I even tried recording oboe and electric guitar double solos on one track� remembers Caffall. “We brought in people off the street to help us with “crowd noise� on another track. The sessions were a lot of fun.� Fun is definitley what Caffall had while living and playing in New Orleans.

Lyrics

Hold Me Up

Written By: Craig Caffall

Hold Me Up ©1995 Wafflesongs-BMI

Do you remember the first time, baby
When you fell in love, you fell so hard
You couldn’t eat, sleep or walk straight, honey
You’re floating high above the boulevard
Well that’s the way that I feel with you
Now you know what you got to do…you got to

Hold me up from falling down
My heart goes crash when it hits the ground
You know I’m nothing when you’re not around…you got to
Hold me up from falling down

I tried so hard to keep you happy
Give you all the things you never had before
I like to take you out and treat you fancy
Like dinner in Paris and a whole lot more
You look at me and I get weak in knees
I’m falling for you and I’m begging please…you got to

Fall down, get up, stand on my feet
Loving you has made my life complete
You take me by the hand as you turn out the light
And tell me everything is going to be alright

You got me spinning, baby, like a top
‘Round and ‘round but I just can’t stop…come on and

Words and Music by Craig Caffall

Discography

Craig Caffall "Hold Me Up" on GRA Records, Maria Muldaur Live also on GRA Records. Rolf Cahn and Friends, indie recording

Set List

Here is a set list from a gig last July.
CCB, Presidio Yacht Club, July 31st 2009

Set 1:
1. Further On Up The Road……….A
2. Chain Of Fools………………….Gm
3. Very Superstitious………………..E
4. Hold Me Up……………………..A
5. Try……………………………….G
6. Dancing In The Streets…………..C
7. Knock On Wood…………………E
8. Unchain My Heart……………….Am
9. Ain’t To Proud To Beg…………..C
10.Mudbugs & Dixie Beer…………...G

Set 2:
1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered………….E
2. Some Kind Of Wonderful………….C
3. That’s When You Got It Made…….Dm
4. Quemado…………………………..Am
5. I Wish………………………………C
6. You Take Away My Blues…………Am
7. Mustang Sally………………………C
8. Midnight Hour……………………...A
9. You Can Leave Your Hat On……….C
10.Gimme Some Lovin’………………...E