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source: Craig Erickson's Myspace

Craig Erickson

Location:Cedar Rapids, IA, United States
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Influences

Shawn Lane,Hendrix,Terry Haggerty,Tommy Bolin,Jeff Beck,Sly Stone,Miles, Jaco,Harvey Mandel,Buzz Feiten,Elliot Randall,Jan Akkerman,Trower,Frank Marino,Larry Carlton,Steve Lukather,Domenic Troiano, David Spinozza,Roy Buchanan,Rory Gallagher,Keith Jarrett

Band History

Erickson has participated in many diverse projects from an early age,composing hundreds of songs during high school years in his parents basement and playing multiple instruments including guitar,keys,bass,drums,etc.He counts his jazz guitarist father and piano teacher mother among his many musical influences along with artists like Hendrix, The Beatles, Sly Stone, John Mclaughlin, Jan Akkerman, Tommy Bolin, Zeppelin, classical music, jazz fusion, reggae etc.

Playing with bands night after night in smoky bars,playing the blues and paying dues night after night.Sometimes on the verge of giving up,he continued to write and record his own music while teaching up to 45 students a week during the 80s. His break came when his demo tapes caught the attention of Guitar magazine editor John Stix, and producer and guitar record guru Mike Varney.Varney took notice of his fusion chops but also his Hendrix meets blues/rock riffage and songwriting.

Source: Craig Erickson's website

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