CD Liner Notes

      Philadelphia native Tom Craig is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who was initially inspired by jazz vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mel Torme; incidentally, Craig was a jazz vocal major n college. He found further inspiration in the classic '60s and '70s soul music that was recorded in Memphis and Muscle Shoals and in the blues of the Three Kings (Albert, B.B., and Freddie) as well as

Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughan. For his debut, Craig and his musical cohorts offer a sparkling collection of guitar-centric, horn-propelled, organ-cushioned originals that resonate with blues, soul, and jazz. As a singer, Craig seamlessly blends subtlety and swagger in the manner of the great jazz vocalists and as a guitarist, his clear, ringing tone and biting solos mostly evoke B.B. King. Like many of the greats who inspired him, Craig heartily understands the concept of “less is more.” His songs are a diverse bunch that include blues shuffles like “I Can't Help Myself,” a funky grinder with “Louita,” sweet swaying soul with “Ballroom Dancer,” and deep soul ballads like “Every Woman.” Tom Craig & Soul Patch are making the familiar fresh with grease, grit, and grace.

 

 

Philly Cheeze's Rock and Blues Review

Listening to “Get Ready for Me” puts me in a good mood, and puts a smile on my face with every listen.

Crossroads Blues Society

All the material is original and taps into the sort of horn arrangements familiar to Memphis music and Albert King. Tom sings clearly and handles the range here pretty well. With excellent horns and a good set of original material this CD will please those who enjoy soulful blues. This is one of those CD’s that grows on you and repays repeated listening.

Downbeat Magazine

Tom Craig, whose lead guitar work is a secondary talent, leads a band that negotiates his blues shuffles, soul ballads and James Hunter-style R&B songs with equal aplomb.

Rocking Magpie

Tom Craig has a voice honed from too many nights in dark smoky bars and his band; drums, bass, Hammond and two saxes…. wow…. swoon…. are as tight as a duck’s bum. Everything here is from Craig’s very own pen; and boy can he tell a story and conjure up imagery like a master.…Craig is a mighty sharp guitar player too; sliding in some very subtle but cutting solos when needed.

Blue Bird Reviews

Craig is certainly a man of many musical virtues. … besides his great ability on guitar and good songwriting style, it is his voice that is the real deal on Craig and Soul Patch’s splendid debut record, Get Ready for Me. The singer/songwriter certainly chiseled the songs on the album in a way that would strongly fit and display his crisp, deep and dazzling voice. …an enchanting record, a timeless capsule of Philadelphia Soul, R&B, Jazz, Funk and Blues. It’s a breathtaking rollercoaster ride… all written (and sang) by Craig and masterfully executed by the Soul Patch. The synchronicity and the interplay between Tom Craig’s wonderful voice and the Soul Patch compact, harmonious and rich sound is perfect. It’s that magic harmony that comes from years spent playing together, it doesn’t matter the genre they play. It is inspirational, genuine, true work of love and passion for music and a sincere tribute to the values that this wonderful art carries within made by a tremendously skilled group of musicians. A record of high artistic excellence.

Michael Doherty's Music Log

Tom Craig And Soul Patch are an east coast band, playing good blues and soul music, led by Tom Craig on vocals and guitar. Get Ready For Me, which was released late last year, features all original music written by Tom Craig.