Craig Hyatt is a songwriter and front man for San Francisco Bay area-based rock trio Ghost Town Hangmen. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Craig’s love for music was sparked at a young age when he listened to his grandmother’s gospel piano playing. The spark quickly grew to a blaze as he discovered a broader musical landscape through MTV and his parent’s eclectic cassette tape collection.
Hyatt’s music career began at the age of 15, when he first picked up the guitar, turned it upside down, and began teaching himself his favorite songs from artists like Led Zeppelin, Cream, and The Beatles. In a few short months he formed his first group, Whatever Fits, and began writing original songs and recording local artists.
Inspired by legendary artists like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Johnny Cash, Hyatt’s approach to music is undeniably rooted in the traditional spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, country, and bluegrass. His passion for heavier rock from bands like Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, and The Living End is also evident in his music. Craig’s writing encompasses thoughtful lyrics and musical authenticity that can be simply described as “Raw. Striking. Brutal.” (Jack Burns, Culture Trip Magazine).
Hyatt has spent the better part of the last two decades performing with various groups and musical projects on the West Coast. As a member of Whatever Fits he received honors and awards from local music magazines for his guitar playing and songwriting. He has shared stages with names like The Living End, The Reverend Horton Heat, and Dead Kennedys. Craig has written and produced a number of singles, four EPs, and three full-length albums, including Ghost Town Hangmen’s upcoming album Burning Through The Fields (2020).