The much anticipated debut LP The Vacant Heartland by Kevin Crafton has finally arrived. Garnering a great deal of exposure in both the United Kingdom and the United States, Crafton’s first full-length is certain to captivate listeners from the beginning banjo cadence of “The Vacant Heart(land),” to the last lush 6th chord of “Burn.” Born out of the womb that gave birth to such acts as John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty and Tom Petty, Crafton weaves together a tapestry of life in the Midwestern United States with themes universal enough that songs such as “Too Many Tomorrows” and “The Vacant Heart(land)” are yielding international airplay. And having been mixed at Queensize Studio, owned and operated by a former member of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, The Vacant Heartland conjures a sound that has hints of modern indie while maintaining a very firm base in rock from the Sun Records days all the way through that Seattle sound of the 1990’s and current day Ryan Adams, Joshua James, and Ray Lamontagne.
Kevin Crafton is a solo-artist from Central Indiana who tours with a backing band most of the time. However, he is also known to travel across the American Midwest and South with nothing but his guitar, playing shows when his car runs out of gas with the spirit of Jack Kerouac propelling him forward. The recording of The Vacant Heartland was done almost solely by Crafton, with excellent studio musicians to create a solid rhythm section and keyboards.
Crafton has tour dates set up all over the Midwest in the upcoming months, with more shows being added all the time. He has recently played in Chicago at Goose Island, and has upcoming dates in such places as Wisconsin, Ohio, and currently setting up dates in the American Plains and Southeast. Despite travelling quite extensively, Crafton plays mostly around Indiana, with an epicenter in Indianapolis, IN. Full details of shows are available on any of the sites mentioned below. As mentioned, songs are being played on college radio stations across the U.S., terrestrial broadcasts, and internet/pirate radio shows all over the world. The album can be found on: KevinCrafton.bandcamp.com, iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, CD Baby, and Reverbnation.