Buoyed by a mesmerising debut record and a slew of live appearances that defined ferocity of spirit, William Crighton’s 2016 was nothing short of a breakthrough year.
The “Riverina Kid” captured the country’s attention like a summer lightning storm, thundering into the broader consciousness with three classic singles: ‘Priest’, ‘2000 Clicks’, and ‘Jesus Blues’.
Crighton also secured his place as a must-have festival inclusion, including performances at Nannup Festival, The Gum Ball, Blues for the Bush, Mullum Music Festival, Wave Rock Weekender, Dashville Skyline, Beyond Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and more.
Tagged as Festival Highlight and Crowd Favourite - Queenscliff Festival
Beat Magazine – November 2016
“One of the most rousing and feverish responses of the weekend was reserved for the unique William Crighton and his intuitive combo. Like some sort of sad-eyed mythical bushranger preacher, the intense and charismatic Crighton commanded the room and generated many goosebump-inducing moments. Pacing the stage with barely contained emotion he grabbed attention and brought maximum conviction to every song. His occasional forays into unplugged performance proved to be stunning and memorable highlights of an earthy, entertaining and moving set.”
The buzz artist of BIGSOUND and Australian Music Week, Crighton also completed a national headline tour and joined forces with fellow songwriter Claire Anne Taylor for a lauded run of shows, and also curated his own boutique event called the Riverina Round Up.