Dan Crary

He is a musical legend, a pioneer of one of the most intricate, yet powerful, forms of American music, and a master of the guitar; he’s Dan Crary, a flatpicking stylist with an international reputation for innovation, taste and brilliance. As he passes his 40th anniversary as a performer, Crary is one of the few artists whose work can be said to transcend boundaries of style and genre.

A long and distinguished recording career, featuring solo projects and group efforts and many guest appearances, have brought Dan acclaim as a versatile performer able to range
from Mozart to Anglo-American fiddle tunes to moody, evocative original compositions. Jammed If I Do, with guests Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, and Beppe Gambetta, was hailed as one of the decade’s great gatherings of guitarists, and his albums have garnered awards and rave reviews. As a solo artist, Dan has created a performance style that blends
traditional material from a variety of American sources with original compositions, and vocals with instrumental showcases, all woven together with stories and observations that share his experience and insights with the audience. His ability to connect both musically and personally has brought him success not only in North America but throughout the world, with concert and workshop appearances from Europe to Japan and the South Pacific. In a time when yesterday’s stars are all too often today’s unknowns, and genres are picked up and  discarded quickly, it’s a rare career that encompasses multiple styles and decades while remaining fresh and exciting. If consistency, creativity, and longevity are hallmarks of artistic achievement, then Dan Crary must be recognized as one of the greatest traditional artists of our day.