Mike is a North Carolina based songwriter, actor and composer. Off-Broadway credits include The Oil City Symphony (co-author and original cast member, Drama Desk award), Smoke on the Mountain, Radio Gals (co-author and original cast member, LA Ovation award), Wilder (co-author and original cast), Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind (original music and band,) and Diamond Studs. Mike also arranged and wrote original material for Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming. He has worked in theatres across the country, including the Pasadena Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Mass. Commissioned work includes five musicals (Bosh and Moonshine, The Belle of the Wabash, Sarah Bernhardt in Texas, "Oklahoma Hale & Damnation, and "The Queen of the Cowtowns"), based on a troupe of actors & musicians touring the American West during the 19th century. Mike collaborated with southern novelist Clyde Edgerton on a musicalization of Edgerton's novel Lunch at the Piccadilly. Mike graduated from the University of North Carolina and was a member of the Red Clay Ramblers for many years.
Recorded work includes nine Red Clay Ramblers albums, and original cast albums for Oil City Symphony (DRG Records) & Radio Gals (Varese Sarabande). Craver has released four solo albums, Fishing For Amour, Wagoner's Lad, Shining Down, and "Bosh & Moonshine", and recordings of two musical projects with novelist Clyde Edgerton, Lunch at the Piccadilly, and The Bible Salesman. Mike currently plays with the old-time band Craver, Hicks, Watson & Newberry. (Photo by McIntyre Photography)
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