Five Firsts: David Kraai

January 12th, 2011, 10:55 am by Greg

David KraaiNAME: David Kraai
BAND AFFILIATION: David Kraai & the Saddle Tramps
INSTRUMENT: Singer, songwriter, guitar, harmonica, mandolin & stumbling through a few more…

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Something by the Monkees on vinyl. I was quite young and didn’t even know how much a record cost, but I wanted one by the Monkees (I had seen them on television and loved their show). No one was home, so I took all of my money and walked a ways to the local department store. They only had one by them, and I had just enough loot, so I bought it, and the rest may or may not be history…

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2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … 10,000 Maniacs, and the tickets were a gift. I just wanted to go to a concert, but these family friends didn’t know what music I liked, and they chose the act. The whole time I was wishing I was at a Guns N’ Roses concert, but, hey, it was 1989 or something … and “Appetite” is a great album!

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A recorder. And I still have it…

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I think it was “Dark End of the Street” by Dan Penn and Chips Moman, but it is hard to remember for sure…

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Old States. A short-lived, great little country outfit from mountains of New York State… and what a nice hallucination it was!

David Kraai plays solo acoustic at the High Falls Cafe in High Falls at 6pm on Thursday. Admission is $5 (or free with purchase of food and drinks). At 8pm on Friday, Kraai teams up with his country rock band the Saddle Tramps for a show at the Wherehouse in Newburgh. And then he goes back to solo acoustic mode for a performance at the Jonesville Store in Clifton Park at 6:30pm on Saturday. Admission is free.