Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

No Rain, No Rose

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

No Rain, No Rose

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John Craigie

No Rain, No Rose

(Self-released)

Portlander delivers gentle acoustic rock and hushed mountain hymns

With No Rain, No Rose, John Craigie delivers the record he always had in him-warm, spontaneous, and centered on the communal values at the heart of folk music. Aided by a baker's dozen of Portland's acoustic-music scene gathered in one room around a single mic, Craigie's songs breathe, bounce, and connect to the heart. Despite the prodigious talent on display, including Niko Daoussis' coiling needlepoint mandolin and the Shook Twins' airy vocals, the rattling strum of Craigie's acoustic guitar forms the spine of these loose-limbed arrangements.

Craigie's gently rocking acoustic guitar threads through the cantering "Broken," which champions the restorative power of humble guitars and shared songs. A cover of "Tumbling Dice" transforms the Rolling Stones' proto-Americana sing-along to a hushed mountain hymn borne on plangent piano and jangly guitar. …

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