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Karriker playing White Grass

December 24, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Local favorite, musician and singer/songwriter Caleb Karriker will play at White Grass Cafe in Canaan Valley during the holidays.

Karriker is booked for each dinner seating Friday and Jan. 4.

His new CD is titled "I'll Walk" - it's a simple affirmation, and one that sums up guitarist, singer and songwriter Karriker's attitude toward his music. When you're headed down a road less traveled, sometimes you're just gonna have to walk.

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Singer/songwriter Caleb Karriker will perform two shows at the White Grass Cafe in Canaan?Valley.

At only 19 years old, Karriker has already been performing professionally in the North Central West Virginia and Maryland area since 2006, cutting his teeth as a youngster at open mics, fire hall punk shows and the Augusta Heritage Center.

Karriker has quickly moved up to the restaurant/bar and cafe circuit, all the while honing his skills and developing his own style of playing and songwriting that he has described as "equally informed by rock sensibilities and American roots music traditions."

Armed with only a single acoustic guitar and his voice, he delivers his music as plainly as possible, even eschewing amplification altogether when practical.

Whether playing one of his blues, old-time country or punk rock-tinged originals, a Social Distortion cover, or a traditional number such as the classic "St. James Infirmary," the bottom line for him is simple: no frills, no tricks, just music.

Karriker began studying guitar at age 11 under the tutelage of old-time virtuoso Doug VanGundy of the duo Born Old.

As he mastered the instrument, he moved on to studying with jazz musician Seth Maynard and with various legends at Blues Week at the Augusta Heritage Center.

He has since added the harmonica, bass and drums to his repertoire. As a solo performer or with a group, he demonstrates a mastery of his music and songwriting talents.

Karriker prefers to spread his music not via Youtube or Twitter, but by the old-fashioned method of playing it for people. His music is at home in all kinds of venues, and he is comfortable playing in settings as diverse as restaurants, music halls, living rooms and festivals or just busking on the streets of Elkins, his hometown.

He has shared bills with a wide array of acts, including punk bands, acoustic rockers, old-time string bands, folk singers, dancers, a Native American flutist and even a Scottish bagpiper.

In 2009, he performed on the second stage at the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, and more recently landed opening spots for the "dean of West Virginia songwriters," Todd Burge, and the acclaimed Davis & Elkins College Soul Revue.

Karriker self-released his self-titled debut album in 2009 and has recently released his sophomore album, "I'll Walk."

Walking the line between folking it up and rocking it out, Karriker is ready to share his music with anyone who is ready to listen.

For information and reservations for the White Grass Cafe shows, call 304-866-4114.

To listen to his music, visit CalebKarriker.bandcamp. com.



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