Speaker: Wes McCraw
Wes McCraw is a guitarist and music producer currently residing in Akron Ohio. Originally from Sandy Mush North Carolina (yea…it’s a real place) Wes has enjoyed success as a music producer, audio engineer, guitarist, composer, and sound designer for over three decades. His guitar playing has been described as, “flamboyant”, “smooth”, and “…the truth”. Currently, Wes is working on his second album…a collection of originals with a unique approach to a few American and British Invasion classics included. Think Jeff beck…if he were born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. As a performer, his skills as a guitarist have taken him all over the country and abroad...performing throughout the continental U.S., Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. As a producer/engineer he has produced audio content for some heavy hitters in the industry including; MTV, PBS Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Hasbro Toys and American Greetings.com. In 2014 he composed and performed pieces for the full-length film documentary, Collecting Sgt. Dan...winner of the Marine Corps Heritage Award (Norman Hatch) Award Best Documentary 2014. The film also won the "My Hero International Film Festival Award". Wes also produced and performed on Jazz music artist Michael Egleton's 2014 CD release, "A Look Into My Heart" winner the 2014 Ohio Music Awards-Best Adult Contemporary CD. In 2017 and 2018 he produced and performed on two of singer/songwriter Shelby Olive's submissions to the Akron High Arts Festival music competition ..winning 1st and 2nd place consecutively. Incidentally, he also records the voice-overs for the nationally televised General Insurance commercials as well as produced and performed the jingle. Wes currently performs close to 200 live show per year with the acoustic duos, The Travelin’ Johnsons and The Little Steve-O Duo. He's also the guitarist with Jim Ballard and the Strangs. Plans are in the works to add solo shows in 2019. When he’s not on the road you’ll find him at Creekside Audio Recording studio...a full service residential recording facility he owns and operates. Wes also serves as an advisor on the Digital Media Advisory Committee at Stark State College in Canton Ohio.