Kyle Craft

Kyle Craft

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Fri, Mar 30, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Showcase Lounge

$12 advance | $14 day of show

This event is all ages

Kyle Craft
Kyle Craft
Fate was smiling upon Sub Pop the day Kyle Craft arrived at the Seattle offices. Fate was smiling upon Sub Pop, not Kyle Craft. Kyle Craft just happened to be there. Now at the age of 28, the Louisiana-originating troubadour is a little wiser to things, but back then he only knew Sub Pop for its links with Nirvana and as the home of Beach House and Fleet Foxes. He's really not sure that he ever thought of a so-called 'career in music'. “The whole music thing has been a really strange cinematic sort of journey for me,” he laughs affably. “None of it really makes sense on paper.”

On paper, he was the grandson of a bluegrass player who spent a childhood in Louisiana going to Baptist church and sneaking into the choir room to play with the piano. “The piano was this little weird magic box,” he says. “It was a toy for me at the time.” His mother bought him a guitar on the sworn oath by Craft that he'd get lessons. He soon broke his promise. One lesson in and he hated learning, but he made a pact with his mom that he would teach himself. So he did. He would learn all his inspirations' catalogues: David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Beatles. He discovered Bowie by “pure luck” while watching 'Labyrinth' on TV and falling head over heels for the soundtrack. Getting to Dylan was when everything changed for him, though. “When I was 14 I was into Aerosmith. Steven Tyler was into John Lennon. So I heard Lennon before I heard The Beatles. I read that Lennon was into this Bob Dylan guy and when I heard him I thought: 'Oh that's my guy.'” And just like that, he started writing his own material.

Eventually Craft grew restless in Louisiana and as the wind changed he upped sticks and went to Austin, Texas. “I wouldn't have the wanderlust mentality if it weren't for music. The music taught me how to travel, you know?” he says. He formed a band with his then girlfriend and his best friend. “‘We decided to go on tour! However, It was way more of a road trip than a tour. We were pretty ambitious with it even though we didn't know what we were doing. We went all the way to Seattle.” The girlfriend suggested bringing a demo into Sub Pop. Craft was very against that idea. With his thick Louisiana accent, and having read Sub Pop's extremely harsh online demo policy (“it was something like: you can send your trash here but we probably won't listen to it',” recalls Craft), he refused to do it. His bandmates, however, twisted his arm. They'd come all this way, after all.

Even once outside the building, Craft wanted to turn back but then – a divine intervention. “As we were turning around this little old man walked up to the door, didn't look at us, and put a code in to unlock it, then turned around and made the hand motion of 'come on in'.” They took the elevator to Sub Pop's floor, the woman at the reception gave them a “who the hell are you?” look. “We walked up and said, 'Hey we're in a band from Louisiana, here's our CD. Bye!' and took off. They called us a month later and I've been in touch with them since.” The band broke up, Craft went solo, and it's the best thing he ever did. 
Venue Information:
Showcase Lounge
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403
http://www.highergroundmusic.com/