RELEASE DATE: December 28,2016
01 Louita 3:17
02 How Did I Break the Rules 4:06
03 Get Ready for Me 3:53
04 Can't Stop Thinking 'Bout You 2:54
05 She Did It To Me (She'll Do It To
06 Ballroom Dancer 4:26
07 Captain Funk 3:24
08 Please Forgive Me Baby 4:14
09 Tornado 2:57
10 I Can't Help Myself 3:18
11 Nothin' That A Man Can't Do 2:22
12 Every Woman 3:38
All Songs - Tom Craig, BMI
Tom Craig: Vocals/Guitar
Johnny O’Connell: Drums
”Rando” Randy Branning: Bass
Eric Johnson: Hammond Organ/Keyboard
Vince Gleason: Tenor Saxophone
Mark Gallagher: Baritone Saxophone
Skyler Hagner: Baritone Saxophone
Dave Gross: Bass/Background Vocals
Mikey Junior: Harmonica/Background vocals
Tom Craig and drummer John O’Connell have been partners in Blues and Roots music for the past decade. This past year they’ve teamed up with Eric Johnson on Hammond Organ, Tenor Saxophonist Vince
Gleason and Baritone saxophonist Skyler Hagner.
Their broad musical resume includes musical genres such as classic Memphis Soul and R&B tunes by the likes of Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding as well as retro R&B music from James Hunter and Mayer
Hawthorne, to name a few. Their love of the blues continues. In their live club act, they cover the who’s who of the genre, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Freddie King, Albert King, B.B. King,
Buddy Guy as well as contemporary artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Louis Walker and Robert Cray. The list goes on and on.
In January 2017, they will represent the Central Delaware Blues Society in Memphis Tennessee at the International Blues Challenge, in support of their debut CD of all original material.
Tom Craig is a singer/songwriter/guitarist first inspired by jazz vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mel Torme; he found further inspiration in the classic '60s and '70s soul music that was recorded in
Memphis and Muscle Shoals and in the blues of the Three Kings (Albert, B.B., and Freddie) as well as Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughan. For his debut, Craig and his musical cohorts offer a sparkling collection of guitar-centric, horn-propelled, organ-cushioned originals that resonate with blues, soul, and jazz. As a singer, Craig seamlessly blends subtlety and swagger in the manner of the great jazz vocalists and as a guitarist, his clear, ringing tone and biting solos mostly evoke B.B. King. Like many of the greats who inspired him, Craig heartily understands the concept of “less is more.” His songs are a diverse bunch that include blues shuffles like “I Can't Help Myself,” a funky grinder with “Louita,” sweet swaying soul with “Ballroom Dancer,” and deep soul ballads like “Every Woman.” Tom Craig & Soul Patch are making the familiar fresh with grease, grit, and grace.
-Thomas J. Cullen III, Bucks County Blues Society and Blues Music Magazine