Mike Craver...
is solo on his latest CD, Bosh & Moonshine (2013), 17 songs from his plays Bosh and Moonshine, The Belle of the Wabash, Sarah Bernhardt in Texas, and Oklahoma Hale & Damnation. Shining Down (2002) is Mike's third solo release, following Wagoner's Lad and Fishing for Amour.  Mike also performs on all three of Jim Watson's CDs.  Mike has also completed two projects with NC author Clyde Edgerton.  The latest (2009), The Bible Salesman, includes a recording of Mike and Clyde doing a variety of new songs and old favorite hymn tunes that set up and comment on the scenes and story. For 2005, Mike and Clyde wrote a musical based on Edgerton's novel Lunch at the Picadilly with recording available featuring nine new songs from Mike.  Other plays since Rambler days -- Bosh and Moonshine at the Gaiety Saloon, Oil City Symphony, which ran for a year and a half in the Circle in the Square Downtown and was awarded the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards; Radio Gals, which won the LA Ovation award for Best Musical l995 and was produced Off-Broadway in l996; and Wilder with Jack Herrick -- are now being performed around the country, often including Mike in the cast.  Mike arranged the music for Smoke on the Mountain with Mark Hardwick and also arranged the music for the third play in the Smoke series, Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming. Mike describes himself as a piano player, guitarist, songwriter, musician, actor, and he's also co-written a children's book Beaver Ball at the Bug Club.

Mike at the Eno 2005 (photo by Bren)

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Craver, Hicks, Watson, Newberry - pics from the shows, performance dates, all you need to know
Mike's solo recordings 
(More info on Mike Craver recordings with the Red Clay Ramblers and others is on our Discography page.)
"For the past four years I have been writing and performing musicals for the Northwestern Illinois Theatre Coalition. These shows (BOSH AND MOONSHINE, THE BELLE OF THE WABASH, SARAH BERNHARDT IN TEXAS, and OKLAHOMA HALE & DAMNATION) follow a motley band of 19th century music hall entertainers as they wander through the Midwest. The troupe includes a saloon singer, a Shakespearean tragedian, a love-struck young couple, a gunslinger, and an undertaker. I have picked 17 of my favorites from these shows and put them on this cd. I hope you might like it!" ------ Mike
Shining Down
A solo CD from Mike!  He treats us to 14 songs (13 originals) gathered from his plays, his life with the Ramblers, and an ode to the inventor of the telephone.  Will you like the best the beautiful title song or the macabre "Wee Babe," both from Mike's Bosh and Moonshine? Musical guests include Chris Frank ("Red Clay Ramblers"), Matthew Weaver, Joe Newberry ("Big Medicine"), Rebecca Newton ("Rebecca and the Hi-Tones") and Jim Watson ("Robin and Linda Williams' Fine Group") Six of the cuts first appeared as mp3s on efolkMusic and include "Diamond Lil," voted efolkMusic's "Best MP3 ever!"
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Fishing for Amour
Mike Craver's first solo recording (1984) is currently only available on vinyl with a CD version planned.
"Craver's deft keyboard work and airy tenor are equal to the demands of classics by Coward, Jolson, Cohan, Gilbert & Sullivan, and John Dowland, whose 'Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite' sounds as if it were written last week." --John Stifler, THE BOSTON GLOBE
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Wagoner's Lad, Mike's solo CD is "a timeless disc of rare and profound beauty" (Dirty Linen).  Mike's page has the reviews, the songs, and ordering information. The cover photo "Spring on the Missouri" by Thomas Hart Benton, 1945, is courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art and VAGA, NY, NY.
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Meeting in the Air
Songs of the Carter Family

Meeting in the Air is a joint project of Mike, Jim Watson, and Tommy Thompson.  First released in 1980, the CD version arrives in August 2004. "They brought a freshness to these songs back then with their unique blend of voices - combinations of sweet and hard, intensely focused and full - and their instrumental abilities, that remains as fresh as it was 25 years ago." --Alice Gerrard

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Radio Gals | Oil City Symphony | Lunch at the Piccadilly | The Bible Salesman
Mike Craver's Mould's Undertaking  Buy CD: Mike's Store
Sapsucker (2020) Based on characters shared between Mike's 5 musicals and their scores. 
Five Little Sinners, When I Was a Little Wee Babe, Good Time Girl, The Wayward Sister, It's the Actor's Life for Me, The Ballad of Fannie Mae Garrettson, Simon Peter, I Ain't Dead Yet, A Bell Jar in Washington Square, I'll Get You Coming & Going, I'm Going to Join the Foreign Legion, The Ballad of Mysterious Dave Mather, From Austin to Abilene, Goodbye Big Jim, My Heart Belongs in Illinois, When You Shuffle Off This Mortal Coil, Asenaloogah, Alas I'm a Poor Little Woodpecker, I'm a Little More Comfortable, Fester in the Western Sun, The Great Cimarron Cyclone
Be sure to visit Mike's own homepage for details his recordings plus all the info about his plays: collaborators, awards, reviews, original cast recordings, and performances all over the country
Mike writes of meeting Sara Carter and singing at her funeral as well as a poignant sharing of singing for Janette Carter's funeral
Pictures from Mike Craver and Jim Watson's Bull City Cosmic Hoedown Concert - March 16, 2000 in Durham
Mike wrote "Visiting Tommy" to share with us his time with Tommy Thompson

December 11, 2020