The Crawdaddies

The Crawdaddies

 Baltimore, Maryland, USA
BandBluesZydeco

The Crawdaddies, are an award winning band from the East Coast that infuses Roots Rock / Americana / Ska influences with Zydeco / Blues / Funk sounds to create a very unique, groove laden sound that is all its own.

Biography

For booking and management please contact:
Head-On Entertainment, Inc
(410) 903 8634, E-mail: headonent@gmail.com

THE CRAWDADDIES

A band founded in 1995 on the premise of “why not, it might just work,” The Crawdaddies infuse Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Ska, Roots, Rock and Reggae into an incomparable, groove-laden sound that is unquestionably its own.

 The Crawdaddies are, Kraig Greff, accordion, piano; Chris Huntington, vocals, guitar; Javier Rivera, vocals, washboard, acoustic guitar; Rod Gross, drums and Jay Turner, bass, vocals. Each road-seasoned member hosts an impressive and diverse musical / performance resume, most notably, 2008 Emmy award recipient Greff who toured with Della Reese, Barry White, Joe Williams and Diana Ross.

Consummate headliners, the eclectic, good-time spirit of their set has allowed The Crawdaddies to share the stage with a wide range of artists including: Funky Meters, Etta James, Dumpstaphunk, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Charlie Daniels, Last Train Home, Buddy Guy, The Old 97s, The Radiators, Jimmy Cliff, Carbon Leaf, CJ Chenier, Atlanta Rhythm Section, John Eddie, Joan Jett, The Spinners, Kid Creole, Edgar Winter, The Iguanas, Terrance Simien, G. E. Smith, Marshall Crenshaw, The Young Dubliners, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Reel Big Fish. The Crawdaddies were also invited to perform on the 2009 Mardi Gras Mambo Tour with Dr. John and the Neville Brothers.

The band has been featured in many acclaimed publications, and toured the USA extensively from Maine to Florida to Texas to Nebraska to California earning a strong grass roots following. The band is a regular fixture on the national festival, college, and theater circuits. The Crawdaddies have performed many major festivals including Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival, NJ; Ann Arbor, MI Summerfest; Bethlehem Musikfest, PA; Gumbo Ya Ya Festival in Rock Island, Illinois; the DC BBQ Battle; the Virginia Wine Festival; The Barbecue Festival in Lexington, NC and the American Music Festival…plus many more. The Crawdaddies’ performance from the famous WC Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY is now being featured nation wide on the popular PBS music program “Jubilee.”  The band has also been selected to showcase mainstage at three NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) regional conferences, the prestigious NACA national convention in Nashville, TN, the PA Fair Convention in 2012, the 2011 MD Fair Convention and the 2013 Millennium Music Conference in PA. In 2006 AOL Citiguide chose The Crawdaddies as “editor’s pick” for best entertainment from Baltimore, MD. 

The Crawdaddies have their 5th CD entitled “Lagniappe” slated to be released in January 2017. The Crawdaddies’ first four CDs, Live from the Road, Keep Lookin’ Up, Accordions Are Cool and Spice it Up have received regular rotation on college radio, internet radio and broad-format “triple A” radio stations world wide and The Crawdaddies reached #1 on the Reverbnation Baltimore Blues Charts for three consecutive years 2013-2015! The Crawdaddies won the GOLD Starmaker Music Award for song 'The Difference" in February 2014. The band was nominated “Best Roots Rock Band” by the Washington Area Music Association in 2012, 2011 and 2007. The Crawdaddies song "Cuttin' the Body Loose" was a finalist in the 2010 New Orleans Songwriters Festival! The Crawdaddies won three 2009 DC TIVA Peer awards for “Love that Natty Boh” and CD “Keep Lookin’ Up” (Louddust Recordings) was nominated for a 2009 JPF Music Award. Song “Gimme Some” won the “Silver” award in the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and in July 2007 "Gimme Some" also landed in the top 20 of the Unisong International Song Contest Category: AAA/Americana. The music video for the song "The Life of Riley" won an award at the 2007 BVA Film Festival and CD "Spice it Up" won awards in two categories at the 2006 JPF Music Awards, Santa Anna, California!

Contact The Crawdaddies: (410) 903 8634 www.thecrawdaddies.comE-mail: headonent@gmail.com

The band proudly endorses Audix Mics, Black Diamond Strings, Mogami cables and G&L Guitars.

"It's hard not to keep lookin' up with music as buoyant and infectious as The Crawdaddies'...these lads are authentic roots rockers even when they have tongue firmly placed in cheek."
-Adam Harrington
Whisperin & Hollerin UK

Lyrics

Gimme Some

Written By: Chris Huntington

Gimme Some
(Lyrics and music by Chris Huntington)

When I was a little boy, my big daddy never smacked me around.
He only gave me one toy, I think he took it from the lost and found.
Then when I met me a rich girl, I knew she'd hate me when she found I was poor.
I heard she grew up, married into money, and they can't buy enough stuff to make the girl happy.

Oh…. Gimme some I know what to do with it!
Yeah oh…. Why don't you gimme some?
Oh…. Gimme some I know what to do with it!
I know! Yeah oh…. Why don't you gimme some?

Those people down the road, they got the big house and the Lincoln Continental.
I'll be workin' 'til I'm old, eatin' potatoes and soup made of lentils.
Could I have fun with a million bucks? Huh! I drive around an old pickup truck.
So if you can't be happy, as a millionaire, why don't you give a little out to somebody who can?

Oh…. Gimme some I know what to do with it!
Yeah oh…. Why don't you gimme some?
Oh…. Gimme some I know what to do with it!
I know! Yeah oh…. Why don't you gimme some?

Spice It Up

Written By: Chris Huntington

Spice It Up
(Lyrics by Chris Huntington music by Chris Huntington and Kraig Greff)

Take a good look around you.
Things ain't so pretty.
We're gonna smack you back to the south side of the city.
We're gonna spice it up,
you need to turn up that gain.
Go tell your friends, things ain't the same!

Spice it up.
No maybe baby now spice it up.
Spice it up
No doubt about it. We gotta spice it up!

The words out.
My foots down!
We're gonna have some fun just bringin' you around.
You better move your feet!
When you hear the new beat.
I've got a red hot pepper, gonna turn up the heat!

Spice it up.
No maybe baby now spice it up.
Spice it up
No doubt about it. We gotta spice it up!

Swamp Music

Written By: Chris Huntington

Swamp Music
(Lyrics and music by Chris Huntington)

Yeah right!
Instead I'll find me a gator,
take it home and wrestle it around!
I'll be back here later,
Just to drink another whiskey down.
I've got to get me some hot sauce.
I've got a girl that can't get enough…….of a Cajun party,
where you see the people dancing in the parking lot!

Swamp music, they've got her doin' it all night long.
Swamp music, they've got her doin' it all night long, yeah!

I'm going out for a nightcap,
I see their legs walking down the road.
I've got to go where the music is at,
I see the ladies and I go where they go.
It's a Zydeco party,
The people shake it to the Cajun band.
So it shouldn't surprise me when I see my little girl with another man! Yeah!

Swamp music, they've got her doing' it all night long.
Swamp music, they've got her doing' it all night long, yeah!

A little relief and I'll be right back.
I'm fired up like never before!
Comin' at me like a heart attack,
I heard her voice from behind the door!
It's a Zydeco party,
The people shake it to the Cajun band.
So it shouldn't surprise me when I see my little girl with another man! Yeah!

Swamp music, they've got her doing' it all night long.
Swamp music, they've got her doing' it all night long.
Yeah right!

Jive Time Farmer

Written By: Chris Huntington

Jive Time Farmer
Definition: Jive Time Farmer= A white boy who doesn’t know how to dress…looks like a tired old farmer.

He wears a big straw hat
goin' to take his buddy fishin'
He's gonna give a call to Leroy
They've got all day to mess around
He wants to find himself a catch
So they sit up on a park bench
Watching the girls walk on bye, sayin' my, my oh my

He's tryin' to make a good impression dressed in a late sixties throw-back fashion
He may be different but he'd never harm her. He's just a jive time farmer

You see him walking down the street
With people avoiding confrontation
He's just a new boy in an old man's clothes
He needs to find himself a drink
Start a whole new conversation
But he doesn't need you or anyone else. He's simply fine there talking with himself

He's tryin' to make the right impression dressed like a cowboy in a "B" rate western
Dangerous if he was any smarter. He's just a jive time farmer.

He's tryin' to make a good impression dressed in a late sixties throw back fashion
He may be different but he would never harm her. He's just a jive time farmer

You see him walking down the street
With people avoiding confrontation
He's just a new boy in an old man's clothes
He needs to find himself a drink (Guiness!)
Start a whole new conversation
But he doesn't need you or anyone else. He's simply fine there talking with himself

He's tryin' to make the right impression dressed like a cowboy in a "B" rate western
Dangerous if he was any smarter. He's just a jive time farmer.

Free Man

Written By: Lyrics and Music by Chris Huntington

Free Man

You're on your own
there ain't a soul to come to your aid
hard out on loan
what happened to "The company pay".
You can't sleep
and your livin' in the lap of luxury
You can't eat
Preoccupied by misery

Free man,
you've got the whole world in your hands
got to make you understand,
it's time to do what’s right

You call it luck, I think it's safe to say it's profound
You're livin' it up, on what the people say is sacred ground
You can't keep livin' in indulgence, not everyday
You've got to be responsible in some kind of way

Free man,
you've got the whole world in your hands
got to make you understand,
it's time to do what’s right

Life of Riley

Written By: (Lyrics and music by Chris Huntington)

Life of Riley

I'm livin' it up, I'm livin' it up I'm livin' the life of
I'm livin' it up, I'm livin' it up I'm livin' the life of
Give the dog a bone
You know the boy doesn't like to be outside all day
You've got him all alone
Everybody needs to have some time for play
Why won't you open up
open up that door
Why won't you open up
You've got to open up that door

I'm livin' it up, I'm livin' it up I'm livin' the life of Riley
I'm livin' it up, I'm livin' it up I'm livin' the life of Riley

Diggin' in the trash
Dredging up all the things that I might find
Throw it in the past
Or I'll be wishin' my days away 'til the end of time
Why won't you open up
open up that door
Why won't you open up
You've got to open up that door

I'm livin' it up, I'm livin' it up I'm livin' the life of Riley
I'm livin' it up, I'm livin' it up I'm livin' the life of Riley
Yeah I'm livin' it up, I'm living the life of Riley
I'm livin' it up, I'm livin' it up I'm livin' the life of Riley

Find Yourself

Written By: Lyrics by Chris Huntington & Rick Olaguer music by Chris Huntington

Find Yourself

(Lyrics by Chris Huntington & Rick Olaguer music by Chris Huntington)

Well I woke up drunk that mornin’…it was time to change my life
Where had I been the day before and late into that night?
Some woman lay beside me, I didn’t know her name
and if I wait for her to wake, hell what would I say

I went off to see my preacher on that cold and rainy day
and laid hands on the good book as we began to pray
He said go to see your mama, go right away
and listen very carefully to what she has to say

Mama was the smart one in a family gone arie
to the point, matter-of-fact, would never tell a lie
I explained my situation and how I felt that day
She took a great big heaping breath and now this is what she said:

Find yourself a woman with a bit of common sense
who will make you take you shape you up and return your innocence
Find yourself a reason to wear your daddy’s watch
that won’t make your stomach tighten up into a great big knot

She said Find Yourself…Find Yourself
Find Yourself and until you straighten up put your love upon the shelf

So I put away the bottle and got myself a job
Went to work from 9-5, even bought a dog
Found the perfect woman with a lot of common sense
but she beat me cheat me took my dog and now all my money is spent

She said Find Yourself…Find Yourself
Find Yourself, Find Yourself
(Find yourself a woman with a little bit of common sense)
She said Find Yourself…Find Yourself
Find Yourself and until you straighten up put your love upon the shelf

I hunted down that woman, filled her full of lead
shot her three times in the heart, three times in the head
tied her to the pickup truck and dragged her down the lane
but I’ll be out in three to five because I plead insane

…Find Yourself

Love That Natty Boh

Written By: Lyrics by Chris Huntington Music by Chris Huntington and Kraig Greff

Love That Natty Boh,

The sun goes down in the decadent town and the people are on their way.
They go to the bar, belly on up, to the all mighty beer they pray.
We're talkin' a town where they coined the phrase “A bar on every corner.”
So give 'em a round and line 'em up…they'll drink 'em all down in order.

They love that Natty Boh
They love that Natty, love that Natty Boh

Friends are all there to drink with the mayor while poverty strikes the city.
The picture despairs but nobody cares to see it painted so pretty.
(or nobody cares to see the picture painted oh so pretty)
The streetlights are on, nobody's home and the children are out to play.
I think it would only be safe…only be safe to say...

They love that Natty Boh
They love that Natty, love that Natty Boh

Cuttin’ the Body Loose

Written By: (Lyrics / Music by Chris Huntington)

Cuttin’ the Body Loose
(Lyrics / Music by Chris Huntington)

In the street, they’re havin’ a good ole time
But it’s too late, for the man inside
Everybodys out and in their Sunday best
To keep the soul put the body to rest

Now we’re
Cuttin’ the Body Loose
we’re Cuttin’ the Body Loose

Cotton Eyed Joe lived in a shotgun shack
He’d rifle through front door and straight out the back
Well, two pints of whiskey put his aim to the test
So we praise his soul put his body to rest

Now we’re
Cuttin’ the Body Loose
we’re Cuttin’ the Body Loose

So come on up and let yourself go
It aint too late too late to show what you know
Get on your feet to dance your respects,
We’ gonna save the soul and put the body to rest

Now we’re
Cuttin’ the Body Loose
we’re Cuttin’ the Body Loose

Mondo Diddley

Written By: Andy Ewen and Chris Huntington

I'm standing on a wall to the sky
on a point the size of a pin
One side of my face is black as night
other shines like a railroad light
Got a bucket of love in one of my hands
It’s light as the breath of the sea
Got a bucket of hate in the other
it's dragging down on me
Being here with you
is the best place I can be
I'm standing on a wall to the sky
light as the breath of the sea
Well, the words come out my eyes
and I catch 'em on my tongue
I spit them out on the forest floor
Where the mice and chickens run
Mondo Diddley

Spent so many years in the desert
I can't shake the sand from my eyes
There's a dog that sleeps at the foot of my bed
and he calls me on all my lies
My version of the truth
is cut from smoke and glass
and it's hard to tell the present
from the future and the past
Mondo Diddley

Lie and Sat You Love Me

Written By: Rick Barnes,Chris Huntington,Kraig B greff

I don't want a worn out promise or aging alibi
Please don't hold me hostage by telling me you'll try
Lie and say you love me, you know it's all in vain
I don't mind the poison if it takes away the pain

I simply can't demand things not offered anymore
I'm not asking you what you haven't done before
Lie and say you love me, you know that old refrain
I don't mind the poetry if it takes away the pain

Lie and say you love me. It's not hard to do. Your not really lying if I know it isn't true.

As for all those things you gave me that were never mine to keep.
Take them back and hand 'em out, all I want is some sleep
Lie and say you love me, what's one little stain.
On three words I believe in to take away my pain

Lie and say you love me. It's not hard to do. Your not really lying if I know it isn't true.

She Loves Her Alligator

Written By: Chris Huntington,Kraig B Greff

She Loves Her Alligator

Rib roast, rump roast, can’t be beat.
Full of flavor, a scrumptious treat.
Leg of lamb, or boneless breast,
So warm and tender, but she knows best.

She Loves Her Alligator
She Loves Her Alligator
She Loves that gator
And she won’t, no she won’t, let it go

Long naps short naps all day long
She get ‘em any time she’s at home
You’ll never see the two apart
She keeps the alligator right close to her heart

She Loves Her Alligator
She Loves Her Alligator
She Loves that gator
And she won’t, no she won’t, let it go

Daytime and night time she’s the one
going out to have her fun
She run around and sing a song
But only when he’s there to come along

She Loves Her Alligator
She Loves Her Alligator
She Loves that gator
And she won’t, And she won’t let it go

All Over You

Written By: Chris Huntington

All Over You
Lyrics and music by Chris Huntington

You stopped the room when you sauntered in
Ten feet tall on a fifth of gin
I was all over you (all over you)
Yeah I was all over you (all over you)
I’ll never be the same and I’ve got my self to blame
I was all over you
Well…
You looked so fine in that short black dress
that night you saved me from a world of mess
I was all over you (all over you)
Yeah I was all over you baby (all over you)
With your smile and your kiss, oh who could resist
I was all over you

It took me years to find out what was going on
Then I caught you out there where you didn’t belong
And I was all over you (all over you)
Yeah I was all over you baby (all over you)
I’ll never be the same now that you drove me insane
Wish I was all over you

Oh, I thought I’d never ever love again
But now I know my heart is on the mend
Because I’m all over you (all over you)
Yeah now I’m all over you (all over you)
I’ll never be the same and I’ve got my self to blame
But now I’m all over you
I’m all over you!
I’m all over you baby!

Discography

-Lagniappe, The Crawdaddies (Release date: 2017)

-“Groovin’ in the Grass" Compilation CD Song: Gimme Some (2012)

-“Live from the Road” The Crawdaddies (2010) 

-“Live from the Road – Single” Love that Natty Boh and Cuttin' the Body Loose, The Crawdaddies (2009)

-"Music 4 More Compilation CD” song: Cuttin’ the Body Loose (2009)

-"Keep Lookin' Up" Loud Dust Records (2007)

-"Drop Hits 2006 Best Of Compilation CD" song: Gimme Some (2006)

-"Spice it Up" (re-master) Stringbean Int. Records UK (2005) 

-"More Happy Songs For Hard Times" EP (2004)

-"Cajun Christmas" Single (2003)

-"Spice it Up" (2001)

-"Accordions Are Cool" (1997)

MORE INFO ON EACH RELEASE:

The Crawdaddies 5th full length CD, Lagniappe, official release in 2017. 

"Live from the Road' The Crawdaddies 4th full length CD. Sold out of its first pressing in three weeks. Won three DC Peer Awards. Song "Cuttin' the Body Loose" finalist in the "2010 New Orleans Songwriters Festival Song Contest"
Receiving radio play on AAA stations nationwide.

"Keep Lookin' Up" The Crawdadies (official release date with record label February 2007)
the bands 3rd full length CD distributed by LoudDust Records to stores nationwide and worldwide digitally.
receiving radio play with rave reviews accross the USA and UK.
Song "Find Yourself" received honorable mention from the 17th annual Billboard World Song Contest.
CD was nominated for a Wammie award by the Washington Area Music Association
Video for song "Life Of Riley" won a 2007 BMA award. The song "Life of Riley" was selected as the theme song for a children's audio book and the song "Jive Time Farmer" made it to the final selection of the 2007 Mountain Stage new song contest.
“A great mix of Zydeco, Cajun, Funk, Soul, Reggae, and Roots Rock...you can't miss with The Crawdaddies.”
-Don Zelazny
American Roots
2008

"Drop Hits 2006 Best Of Compilation CD" song Gimme Some, written by Chris Huntington performed by The Crawdaddies. Distributed to over 150 College radio stations, 1500+ A&R reps, and most music conference grab bags including NEMO, Philly Music Conference, Atlantis, Millennium, and NXNE.

"Spice it Up" (re-master) The Crawdaddies 2005 released in USA and Europe through Stringbean Records. Radio play on over 300 radio stations with rave reviews.
won two 2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards

"More Happy Songs For Hard Times" The Crawdaddies EP released 2004 airplay on many college and AAA stations in USA

"Cajun Christmas" Single, The Crawdaddies, released in 2003 some AAA radio play in Northeast USA

"Spice it Up" The Crawdaddies' second full length CD released in 2001, radio play on over 300 radio stations in USA mostly college and AAA stations, some radio play in Holland, Belgium and The Netherlands and some songs off this CD picked up for national TV series and commercials.

"Accordions Are Cool" The Crawdaddies first CD released in 1997, radio play on college stations in Northeast USA and one song used on a film sound track.

Set List

The Crawdaddies highly acclaimed live sets are very upbeat and danceable. The show engages the audience with a high energy level and the band is known to toss mardi gras beads to audiences while performing. The music is a 90% original, very infectous mix of Roots Rock, Zydeco, Blues, Funk and Ska and if the band plays a cover it is a very unique version of the song
example of some quirky covers we do:

The Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville" done with a Cajun feel

AC/DC's "You Shook Me" done reggae

Say Hey Michael Franti done with a second line feel

Wagon Wheel done with a Cajun feel

the theme to Fat Albert funked up

"Swamp" Talking heads done with a swing to it 

commonly a festival set will be 60 or 90 miniutes long sometimes the band will play two 50-60 minute sets with one break for festival work
The Crawdaddies have enough live material to perform 5+ hours