--Mike Joyce, THE WASHINGTON POST
"Former Red Clay Rambler Mike Craver is a walking anachronism, a songwriter of extraordinary
talent who distills elements of traditional British and American folk song and Tin Pan Alley into
a mesmerizing original blend. Based on turn-of-the-century stories from Craver's Piedmont
North Carolina heritage, "Wagoner's Lad" is a breathtaking song cycle, filled with vividly detailed
characters relating their bittersweet first-person ballads, accompanied by Craver's keyboards and
guitar, and sung in his warm, engaging, and intimate style. This is, quite simply, a timeless disc
of rare and profound beauty that grows better with each new listen."
"Pardon the sound of one critic gushing, but "Wagoner's Lad" is the finest disc I've heard this year -- bar none."
"Mike has this amazing ability to write songs of a period that are so perfect and so exact, almost better than the originals."
"One of North Carolina's most talented artists."
HENDERSONVILLE TIMES-NEWS, Hendersonville, NC;
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
THE HOOSIER TIMES, Bloomington, IN;
THE ARGUS LEADER, Sioux Falls, SD
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