Country singer, songwriter and guitarist Craig Gerdes grew up in Benson, IL. and began singing and playing guitar as a child. By 11 he had written his first song and was fronting his dad’s band playing packed shows all over Central Illinois with them as well as his own band that he formed in later years. In 2009 he began writing new material for his self-titled 2012 CD release which showcases his gifts as an up and coming country music artist. His shows feature a mix of songs from his new release as well as those from other top country music artists that always leave his audiences asking for more.