Fresh Tracks - Craig Young

Published on February 10, 2012
Craig Young — Submitted photo

Craig Young hails from the southwest coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. He’s been playing the guitar since the age of seven, and started playing in his first band around the age of 13, or so. Moving to Alberta in 1993 allowed Young to play lead guitar with several prominent local artists on the club scene. “The clubs are where I developed my playing,” states Craig. “Being in a four-piece band, where I was the only soloist, I had to cover everything from guitar to pedal steel guitar to fiddle. ... You just had to learn how to think on your feet.” By the year 2000, Craig was performing with a lot of Canadian recording acts like Jason McCoy, Patricia Conroy, Rick Tippee, Lyndia Scott, Eli Barsi, Gord Bamford, George Canyon, Ken McCoy, Duane Steele, Kenny Hess and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. After an audition, and a move to Nashville, Tenn., Craig joined the Terri Clark band for nearly eight years. Craig has won four CCMA awards for The Canadian Country Music Association All Star Band in the Guitarist category. His latest album, titled “Back Home,” won the 2011 MusicNL Country Album/Artist of the year, and the title track was also released on the 12th HomeBrew Compilation disc. Craig now lives and performs in the St. John’s area, and teaches at a school in New Wave Music in Paradise. Click here to listen to "If I had Wings"