Craig DeMelo - The Whiskey Poet



Acoustic Rock
 
New Bedford

MA
USA
 
Band Description
Craig DeMelo is a unique artist with his beautiful acoustic guitar work and Matthews-Mayer-like vocals. His songwriting is very interesting and well laid out. His voice is sweet and likable, with clear, literate lyrics that are very radio friendly.
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Artist Biography
Winner of Limelight Magazine’s male vocalist of the year award, Craig DeMelo has made a name for himself in New England and beyond as a versatile, passionate, and eclectic singer/songwriter, who can spin a ballad, paint a picture, blast out a rock song, or even freestyle.

The thirty year old has been playing stages from coast-to-coast since 2002. He’s been to every major club in New England and opened for various National Acts. He’s also had two successful tours in California in 2007 and 2008. Along the way he’s written over 80 songs.

Craig has played showcases for Atlantic Records, John Mayer’s manager, and Dave Matthews’ manager but just hasn’t found the right fit to get to the next level yet.

Fans will tell you that every Craig DeMelo show is different. On any given night, Craig is liable to break into an impromptu song in whichever genre he is the mood to play. His ability to mix music together and create off the top of his head has become a staple in his live show. His lyrical spontaneity (and his love of Jack Daniel’s) caused one fan to dub him “The Whiskey Poet.”

Today, Craig is continuing to play extensively to support his debut, solo album and he has been back in the studio working on his next album which will drop on 6/14/13!
  
Press Release
"I saw Craig play in New York a few months back and was overly impressed by his performance. His musicianship and stage banter were both extremely compelling. He has great songs, a great vibe, and it’s only a matter of time before his talents are discovered by the masses."-Chris Foitle, Dir. A&R Atlantic Records, April 2009 "Craig DeMelo is a unique artist with his beautiful acoustic guitar work and Matthews-Mayer-like vocals. His songwriting is very interesting and well laid out. His songs have great lyrics, great twists, great space for harmony and other additives and construe thoughtful ideas and visions. His talent for "flowing" or basically (freestyle) rapping is used in a very cool way that embraces the crowd. Craig is a local favorite because of his great songwriting, entertaining style, and musicianship."- Jamie Despres, Standard Times correspondent and WUMD DJ, May 2008 "DeMelo's voice is sweet and likable, with clear, literate lyrics that are tailor-made for AOR radio. Songs such as "So Be It" and "Hit the Ground" are sensitive and songwritery, while "Johnny Blue" and "Let's Talk Money" boast the subtle and soulful blues flavor of his early artishood. The fact is, both the yin and the yang sides are pretty damn good and, if all falls into place, DeMelo has the prospect of growing into a major pop-type artist. As far as we're concerned, a future beckons."-Bob Gulla, The Boston Phoenix Magazine, February 2007. "The New Bedford native's creative evolution has been captured in the upcoming release "The Whiskey Poet," a collection of a dozen masterfully produced acoustic-based rock cuts. The Musicianship is mature but sharp, the melodies are emotive and laced with sweet harmonies. The record sounds as quality as anything in your current CD collection, particularly if you're into Dave Matthews, John Mayer, or the Goo Goo Dolls."-Sean Mccarthy, The Wailing City, March 2007. "Craig DeMelo's THE WHISKEY POET is an acoustic driven album filled with elements of jam styled rock, ballads, blues, and soul, and showcases his ability as a solid singer/songwriter... it flows very well from beginning to end and is a good example what Craig DeMelo does best."- Paul Sanguinetti Southcoast247.com, April 2007
 

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