Kris Gruen (US)
Kris Gruen writes songs about grown up life infused with a mystic wonder, softening the world’s sharp edges like a glass of exceptionally fine bourbon. Kris grew up steeped in classic records. His Americana influenced new folk is grounded in the tradition of great narrative songwriters like Cat Stevens and Paul Simon and yet Kris’s voice is strikingly current. A New York City native who’s put down roots in Vermont, Kris effortlessly blends sagacious wit and emotional depth. Americana UK writes “There is the sense of theatre that artists such as Sufjan Stevens achieve, and Gruen’s music certainly stands alongside such artists comfortably…truly a thing of beauty.” While often garnering comparisons to contemporaries like The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, and Andrew Bird, Exclaim! Canada’s Music Authority aptly notes, “Kris Gruen is no mere imitator. He possesses a sound all his own.”
Building off the success his critically acclaimed albums Lullaby School and Part Of It All, Kris will release his new album, New Comics From The Wooded World, in the summer of 2013. New Comics From The Wooded World finds Kris Gruen’s voice seasoned, soaring, and at the height of his craft. The spacious, textured production combines the sweeping sounds of classic rock and the intimacy of a Nick Drake midnight session. The album was recorded in San Francisco at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios and at producer Charles Newman’s (The Magnetic Fields, AM, Gospel Music) Mother West Soho digs in NYC. It features contributions from drummer Butch Norton (Lucinda Williams, Eels), Anais Mitchell, Sean Hayes, Shiben Bhattacharya, The Bowmans, Nashville’s Jason Goforth (Over The Rhine) and more.
On past tours, Kris Gruen has shared the stage with Sean Lennon, The Avett Brothers, Bishop Allen, Jesse Malin, Nicole Atkins, Anais Mitchell, and The Bowmans. This spring, summer, and fall in support of New Comics From The Wooded World, Gruen will tour the East and West coast in multiple incarnations – with a six piece band that includes violin and trumpet, as duo, and solo acoustic.