Craig Keil was nine years old when he first began accordion lessons. Unfortunately the accordion teacher hit his fingers when he played the wrong notes, which was quite often. Craig endured six years of lessons until he was fifteen, when he was introduced to 60's and 70's soul music. He then began playing the Hammond B-3 organ and singing lead vocals in local bands.
In addition to The Allman Brothers Band; Tower of Power, Santana, James Brown, King Curtis and Miles Davis were all major influences on Craig's playing style. Craig has toured with blues legend Rory Block and recorded with a host of major artists in the Hudson Valley area of New York. He has also worked as a studio musician for Fania and Move 'N Groove Records. Last year Craig joined the RRR roster and offered additional support as “Jam Band Counselor”.
Mike started taking drum lessons while attending Hudson Junior High School and was chosen to play the cymbals, woodblock and triangle in the All-County Band in 1969. He was first introduced to the Allman Brothers Band in 1971 with the “Live At The Fillmore” album and subsequently “Eat A Peach,” which were both staples in Mike's herbal cleaning accessories. Ironically, Mike met Butch and his wife Melinda 27 years later in Palm Beach, Florida and became instant friends. Butch has been quoted as saying, “Mike is on my list of the witty, crazy people I've known.”
Mike served as director of “The Butch Trucks Drum Workshops” and was considered to be Butch's “left-hand man.” Mike's role at Roots Rock Revival is as a special liaison between campers and the Roots Rock Revival Band members. He is determined to ensure that all campers will have their expectations exceeded!