Galen CraderGalen Crader - Musician, Juris Doctorate Candidate

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Old News Archive

January 9, 2007

Long Time Gone

Well hello everyone! I know it's been a very long time since I checked in and told you what I've been up to. Busy holiday season you know. I hope you are all well and had a good holiday. My gig schedule is finally up to date and we are starting at Fado's Thursday night, which we are very jazzed about. I hope to see all of you there.

I've just returned from Mexico where I played the Puerto Blues Fest 07' with an incredible group of musicians. I was blown away at how well this thing was put on. I have many highlights, photos and some video to share with you all. My good friend and bass player, Mike Facen, put the whole thing together for me. He put together an amazing band that included horns and a smoking lead guitar player named Enrico Crivellaro. I think it's the most fun I've ever had playing music. Take a look.

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November 15, 2006

Happy Birthday To Me

Got some nice cards and some great books for my birthday this year. The weather is awful here in Atlanta today, so it's a good day to read. I'm back at Hemingway's tomorrow, so I'll see you all then.

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November 12, 2006

Have I Told You About My Dream Job?

For a long time now I've wanted to get a job doing voice work at The Cartoon Network and finally put all these voices in my head to good use. Recently I've actually started making steps toward that goal in writing and producing some demos to submit to them. I have written two of them to this point, one for character voices and the other for accents.

I finally laid down the tracks for the "Accents" reel and edited it together yesterday. I will link it here and put it on the "Other Stuff" page as well. The material is a bit edgy in some places, so if I offend anyone, I apologize in advance. It's also a 4MB mp3 file so it may take a little while to download. Again, sorry.

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November 9, 2006

Bump On Head Better Than Sharp Stick In Eye

So, many of you who have seen me in action this week have noticed a rather ugly looking head wound near my right eye. I took a pretty bad spill back on Saturday and struck my noggin. No, I was not drunk, just unlucky. It's going to be fine, just another scar on an already very scarred face.

I was called in to CNN on the following Wednesday and I have to credit the make-up department with doing a very good job hiding the scar and accompanying black eye. Take a look at the before and after photos below. The scar is also pretty prevalent in the gig photo at Hemingway's the following night with a lovely woman named Mary. Looks pretty gross.

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October 27, 2006

One More For The Road

The recording process is slow and tedious. I don't have a 4-track anymore, so my recordings are live and I have to get it right in one go, or start again. Still I've managed to get a few more down on the site. There is a song called "This Ain't The Blues" which is a load of vitriolic nonsense really, but fun to sing. I wrote it about 6 months ago. There is also a song called "Mr. Loose End" that I wrote several years ago. It's about my disorganized life and how it leads to problems. I wrote it shortly after moving to Atlanta. Also, there is a new version of "Good As Gold". I wasn't very happy with the recording of it that was there before.

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October 26, 2006

Quiet Please, Recording In Progress

I've had a couple of days off in a row this week, which is pretty uncommon these days, and I've been trying to get some work done on recording some scratch tracks for my CD. Scratch tracks are used as a template for the producer to arrange the song and get it ready to record. It's is all on me to get these songs ready for the studio, as soon as that happens. Tonight I laid down a rough version of "Back To You Again" which should be playing as you read this. If not, go to my "Live Samples" page and scroll down to the original material. Many of you know this song from my show. I wrote it on my last trip to Colorado during a snow storm. I've been doing it live for some time now. For those of you who haven't heard it, hope you like it.

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October 24, 2006

Calendar Now Actually Legible

Yes, thanks to some help from my web buddies in New York, my "Upcoming Gigs" page is now easy to understand. No more wondering what the hell day of the week the 4th is! It's the little things that make all the difference, right?

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October 22, 2006

Freaks On Parade

It was one of the most disturbing and hilarious spectacles I've even witnessed. The Little Five Points Fall Parade is full of odd and off-beat people and features floats that you would call "unconventional". I had a great time watching the festivities and playing music for the masses at the Front Page News on Monroe. I made a lot of new friends who I hope will come out the next time I play there. See you soon.

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October 18, 2006

I Love It When You Call Big Papa!

That's a Hemingway reference by the way. That's where I'm spending my Thursdays these days and it keeps getting better everytime I go. A lot of friends showed up this week to show some love.

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October 11, 2006

It's Been A While

Alright, I've been on a couple of vacations over the past month or so. Mexico and Myrtle Beach respectively. I'm back home now and starting to get back in my rhythm. Below, you will find some photos of what I've been up to these past few weeks. The villa where I stayed in Puerto Escondido, some Mexican soap stars I met in Mexico City, some photos from our scuba trip and one of me and my buddy Brett. Below that you'll find a couple of pictures from the golf trip and one from last weeks gig at Loco's down in Newnan where I had an exceptional night last Tuesday. Other than that, I'm well rested and well tanned and ready for fall. See you all soon.

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August 21, 2006

KT Tunstall Is Stealing My Thunder

Well, sort of. I recently saw her on Letterman and she was using a Headrush. Those of you who know my work know that, over the last year, I've been using a looping device (Headrush) to layer guitar and vocals in my live performances. It seems miss Tunstall has discovered this little gem of a device and is using it everywhere she goes. I just don't want people thinking I ripped her off. As far as I know, I was the only guy using the Headrush this way. NOW EVERYONE'S GONNA DO IT. THANKS KT!

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August 1, 2006

Not Feelin' Too Good Myself

Somehow, I've managed to catch the flu in July. This is day 4 of being confined to my home, but I'm starting to feel much better. I'll be back in action this Thursday at Front Page News.

In the mean time, I did managed to upload some pics from last weeks show at Meehan's in Sandy Springs. It went very well, I thought. The set up in on a second floor balcony, but, amazingly, there is an elevator! Hallelujah! Look for my band to start performing there starting in September.

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July 26, 2006

New Venue For This Week

This Thursday, yes tomorrow, I'm getting a chance to play at a place I've been wanting to play for months. It's the newest Meehan's in Sandy Springs off of Roswell Rd. I'm just filling in for a cancellation, but if it goes well, I could get booked there starting in September. I need as many of you as possible to come help me out. Hope to see you there.

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July 21, 2006

Meet The Featherstones

I believe the residents of Bridge Mill in Woodstock are perhaps the finest people on the planet. Doing what I do for a living, you come to expect nights of general apathy and indifference. But occasionally, you can connect with an audience and give them an evening that they truly enjoy. I had one of those moments last night at Featherstone's. Great crowd, great energy and a lot of fun. Thanks everybody!

In other news, the featured song this week is my version of a Paul Simon classic. This was recorded at the Sunset last year. Hope you like it.

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July 10, 2006

She Knows Who She Is

This week's feature song is called 'The Girl She Used To Be' which I wrote several years ago, but have not recorded in a studio as of yet. This is a rough recording from my computer that I did for the guys in my band in order to learn the song. It turned out better than I thought it would so I posted it here.

In other news, I have finished work on the album cover and liner for the next CD I'm working on. It will be called 'Light and Shadow' and I hope to have it out by September. Take a look below and check 'em out. The song list for the record is pretty set, unless I happen to write something I really like in the next few weeks.

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July 5, 2006

A Whole Week Of Weather Guessing

So far I have to say I'm enjoying this week at Headline News. When I'm asked to do several days in a row, I'm actually able to get comfortable with process and improve a little. Chad Myers is always there to help me out as well. I'm proud to call him a good friend. Next week it's back to my normally abnormal life.

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July 2, 2006

Holy Merciful Crap!

I'm not usually given to gratuitous punctuation (ask anyone), but last night at Front Page News was awesome! The people were great, the equipment sounded good, the requests were right on, and everyone seemed to have the time of their lives. I haven't had that much fun playing music in a long time. Thanks and cheers to all.

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June 29, 2006

You're Soaking In It

If you've not visited my site in a while, you'll be surprised to hear that music in the background. We've programmed it to play a track from my live recordings automatically. This week, it's my version of 'Overkill' by Men At Work recorded at The Sunset in Nashville last year. I'll be changing them out periodically so it doesn't get tired. That is all.

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June 26, 2006

Rain On A Sunny Day

Dave and I had a good time at Marlow's on Sunday. Even though it threatened rain all day, a lot of people showed up to hang with us. Thanks to all.

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June 21, 2006

Caught Two Things I Didn't Want!

An adolescent raccoon and poison ivy. Sound weird? Well, it's all true. My friend, Brett, had both of these things in his yard in Yonkers. The raccoon had been separated from his family and stranded on the roof. I managed to shake him loose into an Ikea bag that they happen to have lying around. We took him down to the banks of the Hudson River and let him go. I think he'll be fine. The poison ivy was my own fault. Brett told me it was back there, and I just wasn't careful enough. In spite of all this, we managed to spend a couple of days in the city, went to the top of the Empire State Building, caught a Mets game and went to one hell of a good party. Good trip, good to be home.

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June 18, 2006

Video From HiFi Buys Gig

I did my best to edit this material on my own. I tried to keep it short enought that it would download in a reasonable amount of time. It's about 18MB, so it shouldn't be too bad. Just click the photo below to start downloading the WMV format video. In other news, I finally replaced the 2005 snowboarding video with the 2006 snowboarding video on the Other Stuff page. I don't know why that escaped me for so long, but it's there now and that's all that counts right?

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June 15, 2006

Off To Metropolis

I had an excellent time at Hemingway's tonight. We had great weather and butts in all the seats, so everyone was happy. I'm going to be in New York for the next week or so. I'm missing Marlow's Sunday for the first time in a while. I should be back by Thursday night. I'll be checking my e-mail, so drop me a line if anything important comes up.

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June 7, 2006

New Photos From Buffet Show

These were taken by Jackie, one of the venue's organizers for House Of Blues, just before the rain came down. That's Drew Lawson on bass and, of course, my old friend Dave MacLean on drums. I think I'll have video soon, so stay tuned.

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June 4, 2006

Would Have Given A Kidney

For the kind of weather I had at yesterday's show at the Manchester Arms, I would have given more than that. A gorgeous day with some excellent people out in the beer garden in the afternoon. It doesn't get any better. Thanks to all you kind and generous patrons. See you next time.

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June 03, 2006

Thought About Building An Ark

I've never seen such a ridiculous and unnecessary amount of rain in my life. And of course it had to happen 40 minutes in to our set, but for that 40 minutes, I think we did well. It sounded good on stage at least. After the rain started pouring, we invited some pour soaked souls up on stage and tried to continue playing until the lightning started to crack all around us and we had to unplug. Even after that, Dave and I continued to entertain for a while with a few select unplugged sing-alongs. The rain just kept on coming down. Over all it was a great experience and a most unforgettable memory.

PICTURES AND VIDEO COMING SOON!

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May 29, 2006

Still Opening For Buffet

But doing other shows in the mean time just to keep my mind off it. To tell you the truth it was, by far, the best gig we've ever done at Marlow's Tavern. The holiday dwellers were there until all hours and we abused the privilege shamelessly. We rehearse this week for the upcoming gig and we hope to have some house recordings of those sessions on the site this week. Quick hello to some new friends we made this week. You know who you are.

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May 24, 2006

Galen Crader To Open For Jimmy Buffet!

As impossible as that sounds, it's true. I just got final confirmation today from the tour. On Friday, June 2nd at Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater, my newly formed band will take the side stage in the promenade and play until Jimmy goes on. It will be our first public gig as a band, so I'm actually freaking out a little right now. This is a picture of how I looked when I got the news. I think it says it all.

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May 22, 2006

Blistered In The Sun

Another marathon Sunday at Marlow's Tavern came to a scorching close. It was still 80 degrees at 10pm. I am already looking forward to the fall. We tried out some new tunes last night that seemed to go over well. A couple new covers (The Chain, Loser) and a couple that I wrote recently. It's becoming more of a gig where we can experement a bit. I like that.

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May 18, 2006

Can't Catch A Break At Hemmingway's

It's an outdoor "weather permitting" gig in Marietta Square and I can't seem to encounter anything but crap weather. Tonight is no exception with more thundershowers possible through the late evening. We've decided to cancel tonight and hope for better luck next time.

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May 17, 2006

Booked At The Manchester Arms

We've added some shows to the schedule. Starting June 3rd, I'll be playing every other Saturday afternoon at The Manchester Arms down in College Park. Just go to my Upcoming Gigs page and click the venue for a link to their website. It's a great little English pub with a very cool beer garden out front. Hope to see you there.

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May 14, 2006

Good Day Sunshine

Dave and I agreed after the show last night, that it was the best we've ever sounded together. "Bust a Move" seemed to go over a little too well, by the way. We tried a bit of a different set up with the gear and it seemed to work beautifully. I just hope we are able to recreate that the next time we play. As always, a loyal and loving group of people came out in the afternoon to help us along. Thanks guys, you're the best.

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May 13, 2006

A Bridge Too Bar

Hello people of the Bridge Mill community in Woodstock. I had a excellent time at your clubhouse last night. I especially liked the way that so many of you closed the place down. You are my kind of people. I'll see you back there in two weeks. I'll take more pictures next time too.

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May 10, 2006

New Tune Finally Posted

I wrote this song a while back. It's about a girl I was involved with some years ago who was a lot more beautiful than she gave herself credit for. Nuff' said. I recorded it on my computer this afternoon in about an hour, so the quality isn't quite what I would prefer, but it's not bad. It's called "The Girl She Used To Be" and you can find it on the Live Samples page under original music. Hope you like it.

I'll be doing the weather on HeadlineNews tomorrow morning 6-10am. I just found that out myself, so there's not much of a headsup. Sorry.

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May 8, 2006

Rain Or Shine (Mostly Rain)

Well, we didn't have much cooperation from mother nature, but Dave and I managed to have a good Sunday at Marlow's in spite of that. It was the end of a four night gig streak for me, so I'm happy to have a few days of rest. Thanks to everyone for coming out.

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May 5, 2006

Hold The Mayo

Attention people of Newnan: You are all insane! Please report to your nearest phychiatric facility at once. I guess all I have to do is get about 30 miles out of town to find people who like to go a little nuts. Loco's was a great gig and I met some super cool people. Ryan, the owner, said he would have me back as soon as possible. I hope I'll see you all there next time.

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May 4, 2006

Too Many Cops In Florida!

I just don't know what to say about my trip to St Augustine. The weather was perfect, the condo was top notch, the water was warm, the food was incredible and cops were everywhere!. I managed to get not one, but two tickets in four days. I learned these lessons the hard way I guess. All things considered, it really was a great vacation. I got a great shot of the sunrise on Wednesday morning (6:35am). Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone. See you all at Loco's tomorrow!

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April 30, 2006

Back In Time To Leave

I'd returned from Myrtle in time to play the show at Marlow's, where Dave and I managed to rock the day crowd and I took over solo for the evening madness. My girl and I leave early tomorrow for St. Augustine, Florida where we will spend 4 days on the beach. I came back from my previous vacation, really needing a vacation. Not kidding.

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April 28, 2006

Hello From Myrtle Beach, SC

The first annual golf getaway has been full of laughs. We actually played 45 holes of golf yesterday, bringing the total to 79 total holes played. I don't think I'll be playing golf for a little while. I'm not posting any photos as they could be used as evidence in a court of law.

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April 24, 2006

Played A Hole In My Soul

That's what it seemed like at least. Dave and I did our first show together at Marlow's on Sunday, and for a completely unrehearsed six-hour gig, it's wasn't at all bad. It's only going to get better. We were very happy so many of you came out. Thanks again guys.

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April 21, 2006

Me and Julio

Galen and Dave

Actually, his name is Dave and we played together last night for the first time in quite a while. We pulled out a bunch of songs that we haven't done in a long time. We both had a great time and agreed we will do this more often. To that end, Dave will be joining me from now on at Marlow's Tavern on Sundays. That should shake things up a bit.

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April 17, 2006

Back To The Grind

I know that's a harsh way of looking at it, but the Sunday gig at Marlow's has turned into a juggernaut. I'm there from 3 till 11 so I see a lot of people come and go. I was not feeling well and I was missing Easter with my mother, something I hate doing. But, in spite of all that, I did the best show I could do and it seemed like everyone had fun. Why do I here a bunch of tiny little violins out there right now?. Marlow's 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

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April 13, 2006

Yes, I've Been Slacking

The weather has been very nice lately, so I've taken some time off from the grind to play some golf and catch some shows. Saw The Weepies Tuesday night at Eddie's Attic. They were unbelievably good. Have tickets to Michael Tolcher tonight, which should be excellent. I'm back in business this Saturday at NYPX, weather permitting, that is, and I will see you all on Sunday back at the Tavern. Remember, "Always take the weather with you." - Crowded House

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April 10, 2006

Like Day And Night

We enjoyed the first of what I hope will be several beautiful spring Sundays yesterday. Made some new friends and got a nice sunburn on the back of my legs and neck! Seven hours of performing never passed so quickly, (partly because I'd never done it before). I hope to see you all again there next week. Marlow's Day 1. Marlow's Day 2. Marlow's Day 3. Marlow's Day 4. Marlow's Day 5. Marlow's Day 6. Marlow's Night 1. Marlow's Night 2. Marlow's Night 3.

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April 3, 2006

Six Hours Of Separation

I really thought I could do a six hour show without getting too worn out. I was wrong. Yesterday at Marlow's was good for the first five hours but the last one was less than stellar. We've decided to split up the day into two 3-hour sets starting and 2 and 7pm. That may work better. By the by, I think I'm done with the after gig parties for a while. I'd like to actually be able to get something done on Mondays for a change. Marlow's pic 1. Marlow's pic 2. Marlow's pic 3. Marlow's pic 4. Marlow's pic 5. Marlow's pic 6. After Party 1. After Party 2. After Party 3.

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April 1, 2006

I'm On CNN, No Foolin'

I don't think I'll be on the air that much today, but I'm here and ready just in case. I think Chad and I will be tag-teaming the severe weather in Texas and Oklahoma expected today and tonight. Should be lots of fun. Watch if you feel like it.

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March 31, 2006

Violence, Nudity and Theft

These were but three of the highlights of last nights show at Front Page News. There was a shoving match that looked like it could go brawl, there was a young girl showing off her naughty bits, and, yes, some yag bag even pilfered my tip jar for a tidy sum of cash! It was an interesting night and a very good time. During a couple of the singalongs I think we could be heard several bars away. Nice job everyone! Click For Pics.

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March 28, 2006

Galen To Headline Mole Fest 06'!

That's right boys and girls. You heard it here first. I will be performing at this year's Mole Fest in Atlanta on June 3 and 4. Mark it on your calenders now and make a date with your favorite mole. If you do not bring a mole, one will be provided for you upon arrival.
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March 27, 2006

Marlow's Tame Compared To After Party

Someone thought it would be a good idea to invite a whole bunch of people back to my place after I finished my gig at Marlow's Tavern Sunday. Alright, that someone was me, but my judgment was clearly impaired. I did learn some valuable bits of information however:

A: My next-door neighbors are either deaf or extremely tolerant.


B: Twelve people can consume an extraordinary amount of alcohol.


C: My coffee table makes an excellent dance floor.

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March 25, 2006

Still St. Patrick's Day At O'Terrill's

I even did a couple of Irish folk tunes for the crazy crowd there last night. It is an Irish pub after all. Great people there last night who were very good and generous to me. I hope to be back there in April. Till then, here's a shot of my beautiful audience.
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March 22, 2006

Back On The TV

For the first time this year I've been called in by CNN to come do the weather for Headline News this Friday, while Bob Van Dillen takes a day off. I always enjoy working with Robin Meade in the mornings. It will be nice to see the whole crew again. I have this great picture of Robin and me doing a song together at her New Years Eve party. I think we did "Stop Draggin My Heart Around". Here it is.

March 20, 2006

Thunder From The East

Things started off awfully slow last night at Marlow's Tavern, but then it got more crazy and out of control than I've ever seen it. Judging from my e-mail sign up sheet, I think I made a not of new friends. For some reason it sounded really good out there last night even to me (my worst critic). I need to remember how I did that. I'm off to get my head examined. See you soon. Click for pic 1. Click for pic 2.

March 17, 2006

Ah, The Luck Of The Irish

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you. I had a fantastic time today playing the old Irish ditties at Wild Wing Cafe. The highlight had to be John getting up to sing "Danny Boy" with me. I have pictures of that and some other friends that were there.
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March 16, 2006

Front Page News Rocks

I'm lucky enough to be at Front Page News twice this month. Tonight was the first of them and I think it went really well. I made some new friends, and to prove it, I have pictures. Thanks to everyone who hung out with me tonight.
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March 15, 2006

My Name Is Galen O'Cradder

For one day only, St. Patrick's Day, I am an Irish man playing Irish songs in an Irish pub. For four years running now I've spent my St. Patrick's Day at Wild Wing Cafe in Marietta. This year the lucky day falls on a Friday, so I would have been there anyway, but now I'll be playing some olde Irish ditties for a few hours from 4 to 7. I hope some of you will come and join me. Be sure to wear something green as I will certainly be in a pinching mood.

March 13, 2006

Update On Denver Gig

Well, thanks to my cousin Beth, I now have photos to share from the Cricket show. But I'm still trying to put together some video footage that was shot that night. It's not going well. Here are the photos till then.Click for the montage.

March 12, 2006

Crawfish Boil 2006

Dave and Virginia know how to put on a boil. After two hours I was in a full on food coma, and I had a show to go to that night! Great food, great beer and excellent friends. I have a small montage of photos to give you an idea of what we were gorging ourselves on. Click for the pictures.

March 9, 2006

Best Gig Ever

It was only 45 minutes long and it started almost a full hour late, but it was played in front of a slew of family and friends here in Denver and I never dropped my pick even once! Yes, I was nervous. Yes, I screwed up a few songs. Yes, I was sweating like Elvis on amphetamines. Okay, yes, to the untrained eye I kinda sucked. But, if you were looking for the inner beauty of a live performance I think you had to be pleased to be in the audience at The Cricket last night. I got a lot of compliments from the crowd and I'm pretty sure they weren't out of pity. We have video of the show, some of which I'll be posting on the site this week, and some of which I'll be boiling in acid as soon as I get home. All jokes aside, I was floored by the support I got from everyone here, Uncle Ralph, Beth, Doug, Lisa, Scotty, Michelle and all the friends you brought out, not to mention my buddies Jason, Amilie, Travis, Troy, Dave and Chris. It was the most fun I've ever had playing music. Thank you.

March 8, 2006

A Big Day

It's currently snowing in Denver which is really bad luck for me and tonight's show at the Cricket. So many of my friends and family are coming a long way to be here tonight and the snow just makes it that much harder. Still, I'm excited about the gig. I'm even a little nervous for the first time in quite a while, which feels kind of cool. There will be some video from tonight's show posted on the site next week. I hope we get good stuff. (p.s. Jessica is out of the hospital, back home and doing well.)

March 5, 2006

A Bad Day

I returned from Myrtle Beach this afternoon in time to play the show at Marlow's, but someone I care a lot about was in a terrible car accident not far from my home. She's going to be alright, but she's pretty beat up. It was hard to keep my mind on the show tonight knowing how hurt she was. I don't think I impresses anyone there this evening. On top of that, I have to leave for Denver tomorrow morning, so I can't be with her this week. I feel awful about that. Sorry about the bummer journal entry. Happier times to come, see you in Denver.

March 1, 2006

Gone Fishin'

Actually, playing golf. I'm off to Myrtle Beach with a bunch of buddies for a golf outing. 72 holes in 4 days. Should be a lot of fun. I'll be back on Sunday in time for the Marlow's gig. Hope to see you all there.

February 27, 2006

I Don't Feel Tardy

I am very sorry that I was an hour late for the show last night. I was unavoidably detained. But it was an unbelievable night anyway. I'm amazed at how many of you came and hung out with me. You guys are more than I deserve. Pictures coming soon.
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February 22, 2006

Okay, I Admit It, INXS Still Rocks

I've just come back from the INXS show at the Atlanta Civic Center and I'm happy to report that it rocked. I, like millions of others, was quite fond of Mr. Hutchence and was not crazy about the idea of someone taking his place. But, after seeing the band in great form tonight, I have to say that I am sold. I think they really have a future with this kid, JD. I wish them the best. My Aussie friends got me backstage, so I have some photos with the Farriss boys as well as Pengilly and Beers.
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February 20, 2006

Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting!

I'm not kidding, they really were. I played the song and they went nuts. I have pictures to prove it! Last night at Marlow's turned into one of the best shows I've ever had there. I made dozens of new friends, got lots of e-mail sign ups and left them wanting more, which is always nice. I'm off till Thursday, but I have a lot of new songs to learn. See you at Front Page.
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February 18, 2006

Happy Hour Really Quite Sad

Well, I got my butt handed to me Friday on the shuffle board table at Wild Wing Cafe. Shannon and I managed to win just one game all day. I was very disappointed, but we still had fun. This game has become deeply addictive to many of us at the Wing over the last few months. Just look at the picture. And that's not even everyone.

February 17, 2006

Headlined At Front Page News! Get It?

Of course you get it. You people are the smartest, brightest, most attractive people in the entire world wide web. Mean it. Dave and I had a great time last night. We made some new friends and had some guest performers that made the night a lot of fun. Thanks to Patrick and Marshall for getting up and doing some great tunes. Hello also to Kisha and Candyce for doing the a cappella thing.
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February 16, 2006

A Perfect Pint At Last

Guinness held it's "Perfect Pint" competition at the Taco Mac in Decatur last night and I was lucky enough to be there. I met Fergal Murray, the Guinness Brewmaster! My friend John Roux-Lough was one of the judges, due to the fact that he was the first salesman to introduce Guinness to America back in the 60s. There were so many people there that I know, it would be impossible to name them all, but here are some photos.
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February 15, 2006

Last Minute Gig Added At Front Page News

I was just contacted by Sean and FPN, who informed me that he had a last minute cancellation tomorrow night. I agreed to help out, but I need as many of you as possible to come out and make it a success. Hope to see you all there. Go to "Gigs" page for more information.

February 14, 2006

Galen Crader: Model Citizen

That's right! Today I fulfilled my civic duty as a Fulton County resident and appeared for jury selection at the county courthouse. After roughly 7 hours I was released without being chosen to a jury. I can't say I'm too disappointed. I did meet some very nice people though. Can't wait for my $25 check. Beers on me! (in approximately 4 to 6 weeks)

February 13, 2006

Who Let The Dog In?

Let me explain. For the first time in almost a year I played the inside room at Marlow's last night, primarily due to the fact that it was snowing outside. It was all I could do to keep from jumping all over the furniture and drinking out of the toilet! I have to admit I liked it inside. I couldn't be as loud, but it was more intimate. Some of the usual suspects were there and I made some new friends as well. A good night all around.
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February 11, 2006

One Of The Finest Men I Know

Okay, no kidding here. I have something special to share with you. This afternoon I spent some time with a gentleman I've known for a few years now. His name is John Roux-Lough, and he is an 86 year-old World War II vet with more life experience than you can shake a dead cat at. He has a photo that he has managed to carry around in his wallet for the better part of 65 years. (I can't even hold on to a wallet for more than 5). I've seen this picture on several occasions and have noticed that it is getting rather tattered. So, I managed to grab the photo for a few moments to take it across the street to Kinkos to have it duplicated, and here it is.. I think you'll agree that this is a remarkable photo. It's a picture of John and his Sergeant Major in front of a jeep in North Africa in 1942, just before he went up against Rommel. John is on the right. He is a truly fascinating guy with a vivid memory and a great sense of humor. Learn a bit more about him at: www.breweryage.com/pdfs/2000-11roux-lough.pdf He was kind enough to sign it for me and I have it on my mantle already.

February 10, 2006

Back In Hotlanta

I'm back from Colorado. I had a great time, and great time off, but I'm ready to play again. My first show back will be at Marlow's Tavern this Sunday. We are going to try setting up inside this week, which should be a little different. Show time is the same as always. I hope to see you all there.

February 5, 2006

A Mile High And Counting

Thanks to my percussionist, Dave McClean, we had one the best shows ever at Front Page News on Thursday. We even had dancers! (see photos). Why did it take me 3 days to update this page? Cause I jumped on a plane to Denver the next morning and haven't had a chance to catch up. But I'm doing it now on Superbowl Sunday.
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My buddies Jason, Travis and I went to Winter Park / Mary Jane for some snowboarding yesterday and had an incredible time. Conditions were the most perfect I've ever seen. I took a couple of spills that I'm still regretting today, but I'm no worse for the wear. I have photos and video clips of the days activities that I'm uploading to the site right now. We played golf on Friday and went boarding Saturday, I love this place.
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January 29, 2006

Gig Goes On Despite Head Cold

I've definitely felt better, but with the help of some Alka-Seltzer Cold, I got through last night in decent shape. I am thankful that I have three days to recover and get ready for Front Page News on Thursday. I did get one good group photo of the show last night, and here it is..

January 28, 2006

Booked In Denver!

I go to Denver every winter to see some old friends and go skiing. This year I decided to make the trip pay for itself. I contacted some local music clubs in Denver and ultimately found one willing to book me based on my website. Cricket On The Hill is giving me an opening slot on the second Wednesday in March. We are still working out the details, but the show is booked and I couldn't be happier. I have dozens of friends and family members in the Denver area that I never get to play for. Now I can fix that.

January 27, 2006

300 Screaming Australians

It really doesn't get much better than that. I had an incredible night tonight. I made dozens of new friends and had to be shut down by the APD. That's a good sign of a successful party. Well done Amanda and Sue for putting this thing on and making it such a big hit! And thanks to Anthony Pratt for use of his home and his talents on vocals. "Oh! Darling" was a big crowd pleaser. Pictures coming soon.
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January 25, 2006

Try The Wings

It had been a while since I played Wild Wing Cafe in Marietta, but I remember how insane Tuesdays usually are. Last night was no exception. The place was packed with a line out the door. We played till well after midnight to a full house. Not bad for a school night!

I saw some old friends that I've not seen in a while, including my old percussionist, Dave McClain, who sat in with me for the last set. It really rocked there for a while. Got a lot of new sign ups on the e-mail list too!
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January 23, 2006

My Neighborhood Gig

I am always a bit surprised at how many friends come out to Marlow's Tavern on Sunday afternoons. You guys are the best. I'm going to see most of you this Friday, but till then, here are some photos from this past Sunday. Thanks again!
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January 20, 2006

That's A Lot Of Nuts!

We weren't sure how a Thursday night was going to work at Hemmingway's in January, but we were pleasantly surprised by what happened last night. I made a lot of new friends and had a great time. Tonight is my first appearance at Little 5 Points Front Page News. I am really looking forward to this one. See you soon.

January 17, 2006

Now Booking At 2 FPN Locations

I am very pleased to announce that we are now booking two locations of Front Page News in both Midtown and Little Five Points. Take notice of the venue info on the "Upcoming Gigs" page to ensure you don't show up to the wrong one. I'll be doing a lot of weekends at the Little 5 Points location which means more of my 9 to 5 "normal" friends can come hang out with us. Hope to see you there!

January 16, 2006

4 Hour Gig Over In 6

Big thanks to everyone who came out to Marlow's last night. Ended up being one of the best nights I've ever had there. It's not often that I am asked to play 14 encores! I know it was a good gig because I could hardly speak this morning. Not many of my pictures turned out very well, but the ones that did I've posted here.
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January 13, 2006

Good Gig at Front Page News

A lot of friends came out last night to support my first show at FPN in midtown. I really owe you guys. They are going to have me back in February, so I'll keep you posted. My friend took some photos of the show. A couple of them are pretty funny.
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January 10, 2006

Aussie G'Day Gig

Thanks to the efforts of some of my new friends, I was brought to the attention of the Australian Consulate this week and asked to play a private party for their people in celebration of Aussie Day on the 27th of January. I need to start rehearsing my "Waltzing Matilda". Special thanks to Susan Graham and Amanda Hodges for this excellent opportunity. OY!

January 8, 2006

The World Is Flat!

You heard me. It turns out old Chris Colombus was wrong. The world is as flat as day old beer. What I mean is, in today's world no one and nothing is an ocean away. Case in point: A few days ago I was in RURAL Mexico watching that incredible Rose Bowl game live on satellite TV, while updating this website on a high-speed wireless internet connection and taking incoming calls on my own cell phone. There is virtually no place on earth now that is not accessible by some form of communication technology, which means the sum total of human information is truly ubiquitous. These are exciting times! Or, that could be the habanero peppers talking.

I have photos and some great dolphin video to post on the "other" page as soon as it's edited. I'll get on that this week. In the mean time, I hope to see you all at Front Page News in midtown this Thursday. I'll be starting around 8 o'clock.

January 4, 2006

Buenos Dias

Hello again and greeting from beautiful Puerto Escondido. I've already had a terrific vacation and I still have a few days left of it! I got up and did a couple of tunes at the sponsor's dinner for the 2006 Escondido Blues Fest. Paul James played later. This guy is very well known in Canada, and for good reason. He is a great entertainer. Went deep sea fishing yesterday, but didn't have much luck. Saw lots of dolphins, though. I have some pretty good footage of it to post later.
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January 1, 2006

What A Night

A quick hello to all the new friends I met at Hemingway's last night. What a great crowd! I could not have had a better time. I played for two straight hours and it seemed like 15 minutes, except for the fact that I could barely speak when I was done. My thanks to Mike, The Whys Men (for being cool and letting me use some of their gear) and everyone who came out to celebrate the new year with us. I really had a blast.

December 29, 2005

Come Early To Hemingway's New Year's Eve

If you want to catch my part of the show, you need to be there before 10 o'clock. I'm opening for The Whys Men, so I'll be finishing up around then.

I have my ticket to Mexico. A place way down the Pacific coast called Puerto Escondido. Surfers know it as "The Mexican Pipeline", and it is a beautiful place to be in January. Can't wait!

December 26, 2005

Christmas A Distant Memory Now

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. I worked most of the day, but it wasn't so bad. The highlight had to be watching that idiot Brown's fan get body slammed by James Harrison. It was pure magic!

The last ABC Monday Night Football game is tonight and I won't be able to watch it since I have to be up at 4am. Mondays will never be the same.

December 24, 2005

Galen Works Another Holiday

I won't be playing Marlow's Tavern this Sunday, obviously, and I didn't book anything else until new year's eve because I have a pretty busy schedule this week doing the weather thing. You can catch me on CNN Christmas Day in the morning and all week long on Headline News (morning also) filling in for Bob Van Dillen. Merry Christmas everybody. See you soon.

December 23, 2005

Welcome to GalenCrader.com!

Happy Festivus everybody! I guess the latest news would have to be the fact that the website is finally up and running. I have to give huge thanks to my friend Brett Radmin and his web genius Marc Hawkins for making this possible. IT'S LIKE A FESTIVUS MIRACLE!

Come party with me on New Year's Eve at Hemingway's in Marietta Square! I'm opening for the band so my part of the show ends at 10. Then I have two whole hours to get plowed!. I'm off to Mexico the following day so go light on the Yager shots, okay guys? See you there!

December 22, 2005

Galen Makes First Journal Entry

With the guidance of some very smart people, I am making my first appearance on the world wide web, and I can't think of a single thing to say. Sad really.

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