New Release Rack: David Kraai’s “Country Dreamer”

David Kraai: Country Dreamer
David Kraai: Country Dreamer

New Paltz-based Americana-roots singer-songwriter David Kraai rolls into town tonight for a performance with his musical partner Amy Laber at the Americana Tuesday show at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany.

Kraai is celebrating the release of his new album, Country Dreamer, which carries on the tradition of the classic country-rock hybrid that Gram Parsons called Cosmic American Music.

The 10-song album features guest appearances by Laber, as well as keyboardist Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule, the Cars), guitarist Jeff Cease (the Black Crowes, Eric Church), pedal steel guitarist Neil Flanz (Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Louvin), keyboardist Rob Clores (the Black Crowes) and more.

Kraai says of his new album, “It sounds great and fully showcases the songs, which is the most important thing. Musicians I love and have always admired are on this record, so it’s very special to me. Dreams can come true with a lot of hard work and emotion.”

And bringing the Gram Parsons connection full circle, tonight at Valentine’s Kraai & Laber will be joined by Ian Dunlop, the original bassist in Parsons’ ground-breaking, pre-Flying Burrito Brothers band, the pioneering International Submarine Band.

And of course as always, tonight’s Americana Tuesday night at Valentine’s will be hosted by Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen, who also just released their debut album last Saturday night with a celebratory shindig at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.

Oh, and just one more thing, as Lieutenant Columbo used to say – if you haven’t heard, DJ&ES are taking an indefinite hiatus from hosting the Americana Tuesday series. As the band stated on their website, “Well, we need to make some changes and spread our wings and turn over a new leaf and all that, so we’re making an executive decision. I can’t say how much I appreciate all the folks who were a part of that series – it was a blast for real.”

Is it the end forever? Who knows? But you can bet that there will be some mighty serious partyin’ goin’ on at Valentine’s tonight. Showtime is 8pm, and admission is $5. Be there or miss out…

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