A band founded in 1995 on the premise of “why not, it might just work.” The Crawdaddies infuse Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Ska, Roots, Rock and Reggae into an incomparable, groove-laden sound that is unquestionably its own.
The Crawdaddies are, Kraig Greff, accordion, piano; Chris Huntington, vocals, guitar; Chris Everett, vocals, guitar, washboard; Rod Gross, drums, vocals and Dan Hones, bass, vocals. Each road-seasoned member hosts an impressive and diverse musical / performance resume, most notably, 2008 Emmy award recipient Greff who toured with Della Reese, Barry White, Joe Williams and Diana Ross.
Consummate headliners, the eclectic, good-time spirit of their set has allowed The Crawdaddies to share the stage with a wide range of artists including: Etta James, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Charlie Daniels, Last Train Home, Buddy Guy, The Old 97s, The Radiators, Jimmy Cliff, Carbon Leaf, CJ Chenier, John Eddie, Joan Jett, The Spinners, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Terrance Simien, G. E. Smith, Marshall Crenshaw, The Young Dubliners, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Reel Big Fish. The Crawdaddies were also invited to perform on the 2009 Mardi Gras Mambo Tour with Dr. John and the Neville Brothers.
The band has been featured in Dirty Linen magazine three times, has toured the USA extensively earning a strong grass roots following and is a regular fixture on the national college, festival and theater circuits. The band has performed many major festivals including Ann Arbor, MI Summerfest, Bethlehem Musikfest, PA, Gumbo Ya Ya Festival in Rock Island, Illinois, the DC BBQ Battle, the Virginia Wine Festival, The Barbecue Festival in Lexington, NC and the American Music Festival, plus many more. The Crawdaddies’ performance from the famous WC Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY is now being featured nation wide on the popular PBS music program “Jubilee.” The band has also been selected to showcase mainstage at three NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) regional conferences, the prestigious NACA national convention in Nashville, TN, the PA Fair Convention in 2012 and the 2011 MD Fair Convention. In 2006 AOL Citiguide chose The Crawdaddies as “editor’s pick” for best entertainment from Baltimore, MD.
The Crawdaddies’ four CDs, Live from the Road, Keep Lookin’ Up, Accordions Are Cool and Spice it Up have received regular rotation on college radio, internet radio and broad-format “triple A” radio stations worldwide. The Crawdaddies were nominated “Best Roots Rock Band” by the Washington Area Music Association in 2011 and 2007. The Crawdaddies song “Cuttin’ the Body Loose” was a finalist in the 2010 New Orleans Songwriters Festival! The Crawdaddies won three 2009 DC TIVA Peer awards for “Love that Natty Boh” and CD “Keep Lookin’ Up” (Louddust Recordings) was nominated for a 2009 JPF Music Award. Song “Gimme Some” won the Silver award in the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and In July 2007 “Gimme Some” also landed in the top 20 of the Unisong International Song Contest Category: AAA/Americana. The music video for the song “The Life of Riley” won an award at the 2007 BVA Film Festival and CD “Spice it Up” won awards in two categories at the 2006 JPF Music Awards, Santa Anna, California!