He fell in love with music from a distance, parking cars at the (then) Deer Creek Music Center. Today he tours Indiana and the Midwest, entertaining listeners with a set of pipes that bottom out with a fluid mid-tenor spreading over some songs, and a husky rasp punctuating others. Paired with his deliberate string-work holding the guitar pick, Craig Thurston shares the chops he honed decades after holding down that teenage job which inspired him to strap on his first six-string. He’s certainly worth a listen because he’s good…very good, to be specific. He’s also worth a set or two because he’s worked extremely hard for a long time to get to that level. At the very least, that alone is worth the price of a beer, a burger, and a tip. But Thurston’s quintessentially American embodiment of staying at it, not quitting until he’s got it right…? That demands something we can’t attach to a dollar figure.