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"When Craig comes into the studio I already know the bottom of the mix is going to kill.  His feeling and musicianship are unmatched in my book"

 

Jon Castelli, The Hit Lab

Los Angeles

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Craig Akin is an in-demand upright and electric bassist in New York City.  He has played and recorded with countless musicians of many different styles.  From jazz to pop, and folk to rock, Craig is comfortable and creative, and can deliver the goods like any veteran on his instrument.  He has performed well over 4,000 gigs and has now added home recording to his arsenal.  

 

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September, 2014 

The past couple months have been busy with many highlights. Too many to name all of them but I’ll start with lots of great gigs with Roosevelt Dime.  We’ve played festivals, concerts, weddings, and bars all over the northeast including MA, DC, PA, CT, NY, ME, VT, VA, NH.  And there’s lots more to come as we’re in the middle of rebranding and honing in our style called mardi-grass, which is bridging the gap between afro-carribean and appalachian string music.  We’ve got one official video about to be released and a second will soon be recorded. We also have many new group pics taken around neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Some can be seen here

Some other shows I’ve been fortunate to take part include Amy Black at Hill Country NYC, Phil Minnisale at Grounds and Sounds, Jesse Terry at the Kate Theater and Rockwood Music Hall, Jeneen Terrana at Gantry Park, Kath Buckell and Livingston Taylor at the Chautauqua Amphitheater. 

Coming up this month I look forward to a tour in the south with Roosevelt Dime. Two dates in Washington, DC; plus Charlottesville and Sterling, VA. As well as gigs in Brooklyn and the Bronx. 

Also this month will be intense rehearsals on upright bass with Josh Kwassman and Brother Spirit. This modern instrumental ensemble is getting ready for a big concert next month in Manhattan at Subculture. We’ll be playing all new music from a recording to be released next year.  

On a different topic, I’m working on finishing up my new and first logo. With the help of artistry from Ellis Paul, we’re getting closer to something cool and unique for Slapfiddle, my alter ego. And if you guessed there would be an upright bass involved you are correct.  

Thanks for reading, 

Craig

 

 

June 2014

 

Last month I had a great time with Roosevelt Dime, the funky Americana band bridging the gap between mardi-gras and bluegrass. We had three days of rehearsing in Virginia before playing live on the radio, followed by a show in Charlottesville and Crozet. But it didn’t stop there. We also spent two days in Queens making a great, high quality video showcasing the new lineup, which now includes me on upright bass. The video should be out later this summer. This month Roosevelt Dime already went into Seaside Lounge Studios in Brooklyn to record three new songs in order to present a current representation of the band to promoters and presenters. It was a great time and the band sounds awesome. I can hardly wait to record a full length album with these guys. 

Also this month we will have shows in VT, MA, PA, NY, and CT. Which includes a show in Manhattan at City Winery with Red Molly. We will open for them and then all join together for some supergroup songs. I highly recommend attending this one if you’re in the area.


On a different note, my folk/pop songwriting friends Walking for Pennies have released their new EP “No Such Place”. I am honored to have played upright and electric bass on it. We had a great time recording in East Nashville with producer Dewey Boyd and I am very excited how it turned out. 


You may have noticed a new video to the left under “latest video”. This vid had a different purpose than any of my other ones. This one shows an instrument that is available to rent. If a bass player if coming through New York City and needs an instrument to play on for gigs or lessons, this one would be perfect. It is a Shen SB-100 model with Full Circle pickup, case, buggie for rolling around. I have very reasonable rates and can even deliver and pick up. Click on the video for more information or contact me directly here.

 

Thanks for stopping by,
Craig