Crave and Wonder…
Crave and Wonder is a Los Angeles-based band that came out of the collaboration of New Orleans singer songwriter Debbie Dragna, and German guitar player and song writer Arnold Schmidt. The band blends Americana-style roots rock with hard-rock and blues influences, taking the listener through a journey of humorous, uplifting and thoughtful stories with their songs.
When Debbie and Arnold found themselves performing on the same live music circuits in Los Angeles, they soon began playing and performing together at fundraisers and charitable events. With their contrasting musical styles and shared philanthropic interests, Debbie teamed up with Arnold, playing the Pasadena Make Music Festival, Relay for Life Cancer Awareness festival, and several other fundraising events in support of local homeless shelters, which Arnold had helped organize.
In 2015 Debbie and Arnold decided to form a permanent band and started writing songs for the first "Crave and Wonder" album, "Tales From The Porch".
"Crave and Wonder" is a mix of Debbie's rootsy New Orleans influences that include country, blues and Americana, and Arnold's guitar driven European hard-rock and British blues roots.
Growing up in the 'Big Easy', Debbie recalls a childhood filled with Fats Domino songs her mother often played at home, and she cites Dr. John, Linda Ronstadt and Lucinda Williams as her main influences.
Arnold grew up in Germany listening to The Rolling Stones, Beatles, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple before moving to Los Angeles in 1990.
The resulting blend of these very different musical backgrounds can be described as a happy Lucinda Williams meets Sheryl Crow, with members of the Beatles and Deep Purple painting the soundscape for the often humorous and thoughtful lyrics.