TJ West Video Premiere: Rough Johns by John Craigie

Photo by Maria Davey

By Kim Grant

Portland-based Americana songwriter, John Craigie has just released No Rain, No Rose, which was “inspired by the folk torch bearers of the sixties and seventies” as per his bio. Bringing together his creative friends and staples of the Portland music scene for the record, his lyrics and languid vocals make No Rain, No Rose “blush with lifelike warmth.”

TJ West is honored to present to you the video for the song, “Rough Johns” which is filmed live on a tugboat!

John told us, “The video was filmed inside an old tugboat in the St. John’s section of Portland.  Where we are playing is the old engine room.  The boat is no longer operable, but is still lived in.  It was directed by Ryan Ao. We were freezing our asses off down there.  You can see my breath in one of the shots and my fingers were numb at the end of each take. That’s Kat Fountain on bass.  She sang and wrote most of the harmonies for my new album, No Rain, No Rose.  She has toured with me on occasion playing bass and harmonica.”

About the inspiration for the song, John says “I was talking to a girl and she asked me my name.  I said ‘John’ and she rolled her eyes.  I asked her what was wrong.  She sighed and said ‘so many Johns.’  And I said, but I’m a nice John and then she said, ‘well, I’ve had some rough Johns.'”  |  fb  |  buy


Saturday, May 20th- RiverRoots Music and Arts Festival  Madison, IN

Thursday, June 1- Alberta St. Pub   Portland, OR

Thursday, June 8- Dyson House Listening Room  Baton Rouge, LA

Saturday, June 10—BB & T Pavilion (Village Green Acoustic Stage)  Camden, NJ

Sunday, June 11- Merriweather Post Pavilion (Village Green Acoustic Stage w/ Jack Johnson and Lake Street Drive   Columbia, MD

Wednesday, June 14- Foest Hills Stadium (Village Green Acoustic Stage) Forest Hills, NY

Thursday, June 22- Kate Wolf Music Festival (June 22-25) Laytonville, CA

Thursday, July 13 and Friday July 14- Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (Village Green Acoustic Stage) Englewood, CO

Saturday, July 15th- Northwest String Summit (July 15, 16) North Plains, OR

Tuesday, July 18th- Santa Barbara Bowl  Santa Barbara, CA

Thursday, July 20th- Les Scwab Amphitheatre  Bend, OR

Saturday, July 22nd- The Gorge Amphitheatre Quincy, WA

Sunday, July 23rd- Deer Lake Park  Burnaby, Canada

Wednesday, July 16th- Greek Theatre  Berkeley, CA

Friday, July 28- Sawtooth Gathering  Stanley, ID

Saturday, July 29- Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys  Zephyr Cove, NV

Kim Grant

Kim Grant

After growing up listening to Dolly, Merle and Willie, Kim Grant spent the 90’s immersed in the Chicago indie rock scene. Spending many nights at the famed (now-defunct) venue Lounge Ax, bands like Bad Livers, Giant Sand, Handsome Family, Palace Brothers and Wilco turned her on to what was then called Alt-Country. After moving to Los Angeles in 2000, she found this same feeling of musical community at a tiny west side bar called The Cinema Bar where she met artists, Mike Stinson, Randy Weeks, Tony Gilkyson, Ramsay Midwood, and Kip Boardman. These talented folks spurred her enthusiasm for the Southern California roots music scene and the Americana music scene as a whole. Now a music publicist, Grant (alongside Liz Garo and Pam Moore) founded the Los Angeles, weekly roots music series, The Grand Ole Echo in 2005. Also with Garo, Grant helped to curate the Roots Roadhouse American-roots music festival in both 2011 and 2012. Also in 2011 she began co-producing a SXSW day party with Julie Richmond titled, Grand Ole Austin which is still going strong. Visit TJ West on fb and
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