Above: Craig's mini-concert at WhiteBox Gallery in New York.
Craig Silver has been writing, recording and performing his songs since the 1980s. Based in New York for many years, he recently relocated to Philadelphia. He's with the ACM Records label.
Silver's topical songs have been aired on NYC and national media, including WFUV, WBAI and NPR. Some notable ones include "Eaten By the Internet," "Got My Emoji Working," and "Don't Let The GOP On America." Check them out on his YouTube channel.
His latest album, It's A Freak Country, "dropped," appropriately enough, on the first day of Fall 2019. It was produced by Erik Samuelson at Three Crown Studio. He has two previous CDs out, Infinity River and Planet Dancer.
Silver also composed a folk-rock musical about the digital age, called Cyberbabies, writing the book, music and lyrics. Hi! Drama noted its "clever, humorous songs ... along with touching ballads reminiscent of classic musicals." It was presented at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan in 2018.
The feisty indie label ACM Records calls Craig their Americana act. He's down with that--his stuff is rootsy, with straightforward melodies, three-chords-and-the-truth guitar & lyrics and boisterous harmonica. Read all about it here.
“Craig Silver performs ... in the best Phil Ochs tradition”
--Bob Sherman, host of Woody’s Children,
WFUV, New York City
“Honest-to-goodness singer/songwriter poetry; it's hard not to want to share it with the world.”
Silver claims some noteworthy musical forebears. He says:
"William, Duke of Aquitaine, considered by historians to be the first troubadour, is a direct ancestor, according to Ancestry.com.
I am related to Francis James Child, the man who compiled the multivolume collection English and Scottish Popular Ballads, known as the Child Ballads.
Ed McCurdy, prominent folksinger and composer of the antiwar classic “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream,” was my great uncle.
Abner Silver, ace Tin Pan Alley tunesmith who wrote songs for everyone from Jolson to Sinatra to Presley, was a cousin. “Young and Beautiful,” the song that lands Elvis a record deal in the flick Jailhouse Rock, was composed by him.
A lesser connection, but one that I relish: I share a birthday with George Gershwin, September 26."