Craig Rayburn

Country Western


“Craig and his songs are woven from the rich fabric of the West. An incredible mosaic of cowboy, California folk and 60’s rock in a unique debut album. Like the Coyote in his song, Craig boldly sits at the edge of the city lights and comments on life in the West then slips back into the desert canyons before dawn.”

Americana singer songwriter Craig Rayburn is a well seasoned musician, having played guitar and written songs for over three decades. His rough-hewn folk-rock style has garnered much local attention and airplay on radio stations in Central California. Three of his songs have been featured heavily on well known KPIG (107.5) radio. Rayburn’s long musical career has served him well in the formation of his unique and varied style. Whether one calls him an Americana artist, a rocker or simply a singer-songwriter, all would be true. His rich voice will captivate you with his songs of love, longing, loss and life. The depth of his voice and the breath of human emotion covered are far-ranging. Rayburn’s powerful vocals strike right at your heart and compel your attention

Based in Santa Cruz, he and his band played nearly every musical venue in Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay in the 80’s and 90’s, making it on to a record Kevin Kraft produced, “The Best of the Monterey Bay”. The band continued through various name and personnel changes over the years, including several tours of the Western half of the United States playing in bars, clubs, and whatever else they could wrangle.

Thereafter, Craig went back to college to pursue his degree, putting music on a slow burner. However, during this time, Craig continued to perform locally with his band “The Benders” and with other well-known musicians such as Keith Greeninger. Recently, being heavily urged on by friends and fans, Craig decided to begin work on his first solo album.

This record showcases Rayburn’s diversity, including folk-rock, rock, alternative country, ballads and Americana. Joining him on this collaboration is Jim Norris (Lacy J. Dalton, Larry Hosford) with amazing “right on” drumming, Paul Olguin (Mazzy Star, Maria Muldaur) with his driving bass, the rich harmonies of Keith Greeninger (Wind River Crossing, Glorious Peasant) and Tamala Brown (Stanley Jordan), multi-instrumentalist Dayan Kai, S.F. pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr (Robin Ford, Alison Brown), former Wayback fiddling pro Chojo Jacques, hot licks by L.A. guitarist Randy Mitchell (Warren Zevon, Billy Bob Thorton), lush organ by Gianni Staino and some stellar dobro and slide leads by brother Keith Rayburn.

Recently, Craig has been playing in the Rayburn Brothers Band with his brother Keith Rayburn. Keith is also a talented songwriter and singer and plays slide guitar and dobro with finesse and grace. This local band features many talented musicians such as Jimmy Norris on drums, Sharon Allen on vocals, Nick Heinz on guitar, Dick Tacklind on bass, Kevin Taylor on keyboards and Eliza James on harmony vocals.

They have built up a local audience and in January, along with Keith Greeninger, filled the grange hall in Aromas with over 250 people. Other venues they have played in recently are Don Quixote’s and the Felton Festival. Their audience includes many of the same fans as Keith Greeninger, Sherry Austin and Sharon Allen and all those who like rocking Americana.

Their songs can be heard on