Dallis Craft: Singer-Songwriter and Keyboardist


Photo by Melissa McArdle

San Francisco native Dallis Craft has earned a reputation as a talented and versatile entertainer. As a keyboard/rhythm guitar player and vocalist, she has performed and toured with K.T. Oslin, David Frizzell, Mandy Barnett, and actor Bruce Willis as a featured vocalist in his band, The Accelerators. She can be heard on numerous recordings, including those of Pee Wee Ellis, Huey Lewis and the News, John Lee Sanders, Jimmy Dillon, Melvin Seals, Jesse Colin Young and Greg Kihn. National television commercials include Red Lobster, AT&T, and Rice-a-Roni.

With a stage presence that is energetic and charismatic and vocal performances that can be described as world class, she has become a popular audience pleaser opening for such notables as Hall and Oates, Dwight Yoakam, Shawn Colvin, Tim McGraw, Rodney Crowell, and Steve Winwood and other rock, country, and pop headliners to sold-out amphitheater crowds - solo or with her band.

While living and working in Nashville, as a session vocalist and keyboardist, she performed in the house band for the nationally acclaimed Western Beat Roots Revival, a weekly live radio broadcast of Americana music, where she enjoyed working with many new as well as established artists. Such a creative and supportive environment served to enhance her songwriting skills.

Her CD, titled Leap of Faith, contains 12 songs that are an Americana blend of R &B, Country, Rock, and Pop. Over half are penned by Dallis and special guest appearances are featured from some of the finest musicians the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer, and she continues to write, record, and perform live for her "faithful" following.

Dallis has enjoyed her involvement in a wonderful project: King/James Tribute (The music of Carole King and James Taylor).  The band featured the music that catapulted these two influencial artists to the crowning glory of "songwriting royalty."

Currently, Dallis can be heard with the great band, the New Copasetics ("Semi-acoustic, Back Porch Americana & Tropicana:" American Roots Twang plus a side of Cuban, Hawai'ian & Carribean).  Their repertoire extends from originals to their own take on select material from great artists such as The Band, Rockpile (Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds), Ry Cooder, Emmy Lou Harris, Arthur Alexander, Hank Williams, Richard Thompson, Buddy & Julie Miller, Manual Galban, Desmond Dekker, Doris Troy, Delbert McClinton, Tina Turner, Little Feat, Moon Mullican and Bob Dylan.