Hi my name is Jeremiah Craig. I'm a Balladeer & Singer/Songwriter with a passion for telling stories. These are my musings about folk music, my path as an independent artist, and random thoughts with the Anchor community. Call-ins, songs, discussions, interviews, and more. Lend an ear!
Today I'm on the fancy mic at home and I'm talking about how I get past writers block and creative block. I also share an example of an exercise I do to help me through the process. It's a weird process but it has been known to work for me from time to time. Have your own techniques to beat writers block? Call in through Anchor or by phone at 253-254-5898.
I have a free show coming up on Saturday, June 30th at Vintage Vino and Espresso in Maple Valley and I wanted to share my quick story of how I got to play there after just moving to the area and how it's become my favorite place to play in the Pacific Northwest.
This morning I'm talking about my experience buying Facebook ads for the past 2 months to promote my shows and music. I'm still learning the best ways to reach people but this is where I'm at now and I'm making progress.
We expand on a topic I covered in my first Expressway Balladeer episode over three years ago. Can storytelling in music be a trend? Can storytelling be a trend in general? What do you think? Huge thanks to Peter McHugh for calling in and kicking this topic off. Also thanks to Desert Fox from the Cannabis Conundrum podcast, PostiveVibes, and Buster Jac from the BJac Radio podcast for calling in and contributing to the discussion.
After listening to two albums with 7 songs this week, I question how long an album should be and what it means to release music in 2018. Call ins from Gerad of Slangsmith Radio, Killjoy, Michael T Justice and Buster Jack of BJac Radio.
Today I talk about the story of entering Naim Hakim's rap contest and challenging myself to strive for perfection in the song. Listen to my submission "Skeleton Key" to Naim's rap/vocals contest and find out more at https://www.naimhakim.com/rap-contest.html. Call ins from D Winn of DSouls Productions LLC, BJac Radio and CYBERSHOTS
Independent singer/songwriter from Chicago, Laura Joy, hops on an Instagram live stream with me and we play a few songs! Find her online at laurajoymusic.com and of course you can always find me at jeremiahcraig.com. Enjoy!
Thistle Bill officially drops Thursday May 31 but you can hear it early in this episode! I talk about the final stages of mixing the song, recording process, my favorite parts and isolated snippets from the song, and the album art. Be prepared for one weird ride on this one folks.
I don't talk about politics often but this is something that people need to know the truth about because there are a ton of misleading articles in the press. So I'm discussing the newly passed Head Tax in Seattle and why your city should not pass a similar tax.
Get your coffee and toast! This is audio from a live stream on Twitter/Periscope. Featured songs: Out with the Old, Jack be Nimble, Caught in a Muse. Follow @jeremiahcraig for the next Sun Up Streaming on Twitter!
Getting back in the groove of things after playing live for the first time in over two months and what a difference it makes. Call ins from Positive Vibes and Patrick from We Live On A Planet Podcast. Featured song: "Voices in the Overtones" Live at Kirkland Arts Center.
When I first went full time with music, I started a royalty-free music company called Due North Audio. I recorded a ton of tracks to be used in people's videos, podcasts, commercials, where ever! I talk about that experience a little bit, share some songs, explain what it's like recording gun sounds and more. Call ins from Step N 2 My Office (Cyber Shots) and Gypsy Clipper. Featured songs: "Modern Cowboy in the City," "Resistance is Fugile," "Mystery Skies". Find me at http://jeremiahcraig.com.
I have a couple of stories from being on the E-Line in Seattle and one gets me going on a topic I think about frequently but never really bring up in conversation. That's about being in the zone musically with other musicians during a jam session. How musicians can communicate with each other without speaking and how amazing that feels. Call ins from Sheena Diane at Work at Home Mom podcast and TC Rae from Action 25. Featured song: "In the Pines" (with the whole family!)
One of my biggest weaknesses is asking people for help and this past weekend I had to do it quite a bit of it after my website went down. People were there to lend a hand though. This also came at a time when I was preparing my new single "3 Villainous Ministers" for release, which I play on the podcast before it drops this weekend. Dsouls Productions, Larry McGuire, Paul O'Mahony and I discuss website issues and asking people for help. Featured music: "3 Villainous Ministers" and "The Ghost Ghosts' Fear the Most" from Expressway Balladeer episode 53 on YouTube.
Since March is a celebration of Washington Wine, I invite Brynna Baldauf and Geneva Baldauf to share their expertise with me on the podcast. We taste a L'Ecole's 2015 Semillon and Guardian's Chalk Line red blend. Learn something new as we snob it up and enjoy these two bottles. There's always more at http://jeremiahcraig.com.
While recording my latest single, I had the realization that maybe I haven't strayed too far from the career I originally had in mind growing up. Maybe there are aspects to my music that I would have pursued in teaching.
We talk about YouTube removing videos after recognizing copyright infringement from music and what can be done moving forward. Call ins from Sheena Diane of WAHM Radio, Books and More, and Sarrah Kaliski. Featured song: "Voices in the Overtones"
Today I start the topic of popular sayings and their origins. "Dead ringer" and "saved by the bell" are two such sayings linked to old graveyard tales. Call in from Ron of Mandolin Minute. Featured song: "Busy My Spade"
Lots of topics today! We talk about getting hugs and kisses from people you've just met, Logo Unlimited presents Supporting Sound, and the "Better Stay Away from Him" single release. Callers: Sheena Diane, Killjoy, Ron from Mandolin Minute, and Mr Campbell of CYBER SHOTS. Featured song: "Better Stay Away from Him" ...Thanks for listening!
My live set at LogoUNLTD.com presents Supporting Sound in Seattle, WA. All songs written and performed by Jeremiah Craig. Songs: "Commandeer", "Voices in the Overtones", "Busy My Spade", "One for my Romeo y Julietas", "We've Bobtailed Further for Less", "Thistle Bill", "Man in the Suit of Mirror", "Viaduct".
Having trouble with the new Anchor app but had some time to figure it out after fully preparing for LogoUNLTD.com presents Supporting Sound! We talk about the show, video editing, streaming, and more. Callers were: Gerad Forte of Slangsmith Radio, Killjoy, TC Rae of Action 25, Kingfish, and Sheena Diane. Thanks for call ins! Featured song: "Almost Yesterday"
Episode 3 of Break Room Balladeer drops today and it features Blok24, event application. Also I hear strange noises in the college woods, it's Kurt Cobain's birthday, and we discuss innocence. This podcast episode is FULL of cool stuff. Featured song: "Almost Yesterday" (part 1)
The Woody Guthrie Center announces they will be opening a VR exhibit to give visitors an immersive Dust Bowl experience. We also talk about album art and continue Kim Jong-nam's assassination story. Featured song: "Pretty Boy Floyd"
Talk about being busy or "fully engaged" as I prepare several projects. Also throw in some convo about history with another segment on the Kim Jong-nam assassination then to the ancient Mongolian empire. Featured song: "Three Villainous Ministers"
Today we talk about what's working so far in 2018. What strategies, what processes, what lifestyles are making the start of this year so great. This leads into a discussion about art and letting "negative" emotions into projects and holding back. Featured song: Voices in the Overtones