Friday, November 16 / 6:00 p.m.
CRAIG THATCHER BAND with very special guest G.E. SMITH
Crossroads at the DoubleTree
Tickets: Part of All-Day Friday $59 Ticket Package
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Craig Thatcher from Nazareth is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, international clinician/ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co., a guitar instructor and recording artist.
Thatcher has worked with and/or opened for many great artists such as G.E. Smith, Simone, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, John Mayall, Jimmie Vaughan, Duke Robillard, John Hammond, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jonny Lang, Charlie Musselwhite, Roseanne Cash, Roger McGuinn, Rory Block, Woody Mann, Peter Rowan, Herman’s Hermits, Spencer Davis Group, Laurence Juber, John Mayer, David Bromberg and many international artists.
Among Thatcher’s favorite and most popular performances are his tribute shows spotlighting Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, the Allman Brothers and Cream.
Thatcher also is half of a dynamic and exciting duo with violinist Nyke Van Wyk who play often in the Lehigh Valley as well as doing group tours to Ireland, Scotland and Italy.
One of the most in-demand blues/rock guitarists in the world is G.E. Smith. Millions of TV viewers know his face-and the shock of unruly blond ponytail that was always falling across it from his tenure stint of fronting the Saturday Night Live Band.
For Smith, a soulful guitarist, composer, singer, and bandleader, it all began in rural Stroudsburg where he was just about born with a guitar in his hand. He began playing at age four.
In 1977, Dan Hartman, fresh off his hit “Instant Replay,” hired Smith to front his band for a tour of Europe and the U.S. Upon his return to the East Coast, Smith moved to Manhattan and became the guitarist for Gilda Radner’s 1979 Broadway show “Gilda Live.” Radner and Smith later married.
He became the lead guitarist for Daryl Hall and John Oates. At the Live Aid and Farm Aid benefit concert in 1985, Smith was in the house band backing Mick Jagger and Tina Turner.
When Hall and Oates decided to take a break from the music scene, Smith was chosen to be musical director for Saturday Night Live. Leading the SNL band for 10 years (1985 to 1995), he won an Emmy.
The SNL roster of guest musicians reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary music: Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, Rickie Lee Jones, Al Green, Bryan Ferry, et al.
Many of the best musical (surprise) moments came when Smith invited guitar heroes to play with the band, unannounced. Eddie Van Halen was the first, followed by an amazing roster that included David Gilmour, Lonnie Mack, Dave Edmonds, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and others.
During his SNL tenure Smith toured for almost four years with Bob Dylan.
Following his departure from Saturday Night Live, Smith and his wife, singer/songwriter Taylor Barton, created a critically acclaimed boutique label called Green Mirror Music. They release rootsy blues and neo-pop.