The Crawdaddies' Bio
A band founded in 1995 on the premise of "why not, it might just work." The Crawdaddies sound that is unquestionably its own.
The Crawdaddies are, Kraig Greff, accordion, piano and Hammond B3; Chris Huntington, vocals, guitar; Javier Rivera, vocals, washboard, acoustic guitar; Rod Gross, drums and Jay Turner, bass, vocals. Each road-seasoned member hosts an impressive and diverse musical / performance resume, most notably, 2008 Emmy award recipient Greff who toured with Della Reese, Barry White, Joe Williams and Diana Ross.
Consummate headliners, the eclectic, good-time spirit of their set has allowed The Crawdaddies to share the stage with a wide range of artists including: Funky Meters, Etta James, Dumpstaphunk, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Charlie Daniels, Last Train Home, Buddy Guy, The Old 97s, The Radiators, Jimmy Cliff, Carbon Leaf, CJ Chenier, Atlanta Rhythm Section, John Eddie, Joan Jett, The Spinners, Kid Creole, Edgar Winter, The Iguanas, Terrance Simien, G. E. Smith, Marshall Crenshaw, The Young Dubliners, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Reel Big Fish. The Crawdaddies were also invited to perform on the 2009 Mardi Gras Mambo Tour with Dr. John and the Neville Brothers.
The band has been featured in many acclaimed publications, and toured the USA extensively from Maine to Florida to Texas to Nebraska to Chicago earning a strong grass roots following. The band is a regular fixture on the national festival, college, and theater circuits. The Crawdaddies have performed many major festivals including Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival, NJ; Ann Arbor, MI Summerfest; Bethlehem Musikfest, PA; Gumbo Ya Ya Festival in Rock Island, Illinois; the DC BBQ Battle; the Virginia Wine Festival; The Barbecue Festival in Lexington, NC and the American Music Festival…plus many more. The Crawdaddies’ exciting performance from the famous WC Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY was featured nation wide on the popular PBS music program “Jubilee.” The band has also been selected to showcase mainstage at three NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) regional conferences, the prestigious NACA national convention in Nashville, TN, the PA Fair Convention in 2012, the 2011 MD Fair Convention and the 2013 Millennium Music Conference in PA. In 2006 AOL Citiguide chose The Crawdaddies as “editor’s pick” for best entertainment from Baltimore, MD and the band Received the 2016 Best of Baltimore Award from SOURCE: Baltimore Award Program.
The Crawdaddies released their 5th full length recording entitled “Laniappe” in January 2017.
The Crawdaddies’ CDs, Lagniappe, Live from the Road, Keep Lookin’ Up, Accordions Are Cool and Spice it Up have received regular rotation on college radio, internet radio and broad-format “triple A” radio stations world wide and The Crawdaddies start 2017 at #1 on the Reverbnation Regional Blues Charts! The Crawdaddies won the GOLD Starmaker Music Award for song 'The Difference" in February 2014. The band was nominated “Best Roots Rock Band” by the Washington Area Music Association in 2012, 2011 and 2007. The Crawdaddies song "Cuttin' the Body Loose" was a finalist in the 2010 New Orleans Songwriters Festival! The Crawdaddies won three 2009 DC TIVA Peer awards for “Love that Natty Boh” and CD “Keep Lookin’ Up” (Louddust Recordings) was nominated for a 2009 JPF Music Award. Song “Gimme Some” won the “Silver” award in the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and in July 2007 "Gimme Some" also landed in the top 20 of the Unisong International Song Contest Category: AAA/Americana. The music video for the song "The Life of Riley" won an award at the 2007 BVA Film Festival and CD "Spice it Up" won awards in two categories at the 2006 JPF Music Awards, Santa Anna, California!