Born in the rural community of Athens in eastern Ontario, Craig Curtis has deep roots in traditional country music. At a very young age, Craig provided vocal and acoustic guitar accompaniment for his father’s band on the local circuit. While emulating artists like George Jones, Merle Haggard, and George Strait, he developed a rich and unique style.
Upon graduating from high school, Craig decided that it was his calling to pursue his singing career. He packed his guitar and headed to Nashville with just enough money for one night’s lodging and fuel for his truck. He arrived in “Music City” with one thing on his mind: Playing and singing country music. He landed his first gig at Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar and soon became a household name on Printer’s Alley and several other local establishments. After several years, Craig became a fixture on Broadway with a two year run playing at the world famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
Nine years after his sojourn to Nashville and making a living out of the tip jar, Craig met up with songwriters/producers Max T. Barnes and Gary Hannan. The result of this collaboration is Craig’s first CD, the self-titled “Craig Curtis”. The CD was recorded at the legendary Curb Records under the direction of Barnes/Hannan and engineer Craig White. Curb Records is home to mainstay artists such as The Bellamy Brothers, Lee Greenwood, Hal Ketchum, Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Ray Stevens, and Hank Williams, Jr.
Craig’s first CD was released in May, 2005, and displays the versatility and dedication inherent in his music. In his own words, Craig’s goal is “To preserve the true meaning of Country Music today”.
“Craig Curtis is such a refreshing change from the overly tuned and produced artists of late. His voice drifts with honesty and purity; it is reminiscent of artists like John Anderson and Vern Gosdin. The production is what I like to call “invisible” – Not getting in the way of Craig’s performance but allowing him to shine as an artist. It’s so nice to hear steel guitar and fiddle on a Country CD again. The mix of songs runs the gamut, everything from the eclectic “Around” to the traditional “Dead From The Heart On Down”. If you’re a Country Music fan you’ll want to buy the CD and make it part of your daily listening routine.”