Craig Horton
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Craig Horton

Oakland, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Oakland, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
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Craig Horton’s music is heavy swingin’, hard shufflin’ classic blues sounds of Chicago and the South. He is defined by his deep, gutsy voice, unique delivery and soulful interpretations. He helped create the blues genre in a career that spans five decades. Craig builds his music on a diverse foundation of sounds, having played jazz, R&B and rock ‘n roll, in addition to the blues, during his early years as a musician. Over the years, Craig has earned respect from just as diverse an array of musicians and critics. Joe Louis Walker has called Horton “A Great Musician, Great Singer, Great Band Leader.” 

A gifted songwriter, singer and guitarist, Craig prides himself on playing on the edge and taking chances, playing music that comes from his soul. The spontaneity of his performances echo what he’s feeling at the time. Before his debut solo CD, Craig performed with such blues greats as Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, Dinah Washington, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Sam Myers and The Mississippi Delta Blues Band. Some of his first gigs on the road were playing with such legends as Highway QC's, Goose Tatum and The Harlem Road Kings, and The Ink Spots. In the late 50’s, Craig played guitar in the legendary Little Walter’s Band and was a touring member of The Dells. He was also a big part of the Chicago music scene, opening the Golden Dolphin with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. 

His accomplishments are critically acclaimed. Past awards have included Best Debut Album for “In My Spirit” from Living Blues Magazine, and “Blues Guitar Player of the Year” and “Blues Band of the Year” by The Bay Area Blues Society.

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