Craig Gerdes embraces the very essence of classic country music. Painting a picture you can see in your mind, while instilling a level of honesty and sincerity that locks you into every single detail of the song.
— Brian DeBruler, Sol Records

Singer/songwriter Craig Gerdes has spent the last 10 years in the niche songwriter circles of Nashville and on the road living out the stories that would become his life, pursuing his musical passion while being a proud father and raising kids back in their small town home in Illinois. Craig maintains a rigorous tour schedule and has carved out an ever growing fan base across the Midwest and Southern United States.

Smokin' Drinkin' and Gamblin', his debut release on Sol Records, is an introspective collection of 10 songs, inspired by true life experiences and the struggles of an aspiring country music artist working his way through the ups and downs of the Nashville music scene all while raising a family.  

"Hailing from the Heart of the American Mid-West, old school Honky Tonker Craig Gerdes writes and sings songs rooted in the Deep South and directly influenced by the Classic Country Catalog with a fresh new twist and razor sharp insight."
 

— Dallas Moore