"As a lifelong fan of True Deep American Strangeness, I came to a realization after leaving Milwaukee for the last time in 1959: The Truest, Deepest American Strangeness is to be found in the Heartland,the Great Midwest. As a perfect example, take a song--any song--of Rich Krueger, and you will see exactly what I mean. Rich is an American Stranger, if I ever did see one." -- Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders
The long awaited full-length album by Chicago folk rocker, Rich Krueger, Life Aint' That Long releases on Friday, January 26th with a celebration performance to be held in Berwyn, IL (Details and streaming/download link included below).
Here's Krueger's sound as described by The Pasadena Weekly-- "Veteran Chicago guitarist/pianist Krueger delivers a winningly unpretentious, lyric-focused set that plugs in at the intersection where folk, rock and melodic pop jawbone and flip off genre distinctions. Country fiddle, R&B sax, gospel piano and harmonies make satisfying musical sense backdropping Krueger’s free-ranging perspectives."
Record Release Party @ Friendly Tap Saturday January 27th
7 pm // Price: Pass The Hat - Tips Appreciated!
6733 Roosevelt Road Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 484-9794 Full Band with Special Guests
BONUS: It’s Rich’s Birthday!
Soundcloud for the song "A Stoopid Broken Heart"
Rich Krueger, who is now based in Chicago, IL, was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NYC. He has been writing and performing with his band The Dysfunctionells since 1985. The Dysfunctionells, (who describe themselves as “THE Butt-Ugliest Band in Chicago”) have backed up the Holy Modal Rounders at their reunion at The Bottom Line in NYC, and Krueger has recorded with Peter Stampfel on his own and with the band.
This summer Krueger released an EP Overpass, which was the pre-cursor to two solo albums he plans to release with Life Aint That Long being the first of the two. Overpass draws songs from each of the projects and features many great musicians from Chicago, Tulsa, Pennsylvania and New York City including John Fulbright who plays accordion on the song, “In Between Kingfish” (which is set to release with the 2nd project). Krueger’s friend and fellow musician, Robbie Fulks has claimed that “(Overpass) is the best thing Rich Krueger has done to date.”
The folk rock Bible, Dirty Linen (no longer in print) has called Krueger’s music “Richard Thompsonesque”, and Anti-folk noted that, “Krueger is an old folkie at heart (although an esotericist in practice), and has a folkie’s love of text above all.” Just this year Krueger was chosen as one of the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalists. His love of text shines on Life Aint That Long. He performs original songs with well-made, intelligent, thoughtful and sometimes disturbing lyrics. His songs are story songs with characters that aren’t always fully aware of or are in denial about what is happening to them. The songs are usually touched by humor, even the songs with heavy topics. They challenge his listener’s beliefs, not just massage their prejudices.
Hollywood Soapbox Interview: https://www.hollywoodsoapbox.com/?p=18628
"[Overpass] is the best thing Rich Krueger has done to date" - Robbie Fulks
“For Life Ain't That Long, it didn't even take a song. The first few measures of “A Stoopid Broken Heart”, I knew. By the end of the second song, I really knew and by the end of the third I was laughing, it was so damn good. Rich Krueger, where have you been hiding?”—No Depression, Frank Gutch Jr.
Live Review, Redding, CA
“I host open mics, and Rich came by one night at The Grape Escape. He shook my hand, we chatted a bit, and I got him on the list. He got up to perform, and halfway through his first song, some of the regulars and I looked at each other and mouthed the same word: “damn”…The guy got chops.”
“We love left of centre music here at RMHQ and just fell in love with this Christmas song by New Yorker Rich Krueger, who is releasing a fabulous new album on January 26th (watch this space!)”—Rocking Magpie, UK
“This release, being the first of the two new albums contains 10 solid songs of well-structured songwriting, beginning with the upbeat, Americana vibe of "A Stoopid Broken Heart." The album continues with "The Gospel According To Carl," which sounds like it came straight from the seventies folk/rock movement and should turn you into an instant fan of Rich's songwriting.”—JP’s Music Log-The Record Journal
"The Gospel According To Carl," sounds like it came straight from the seventies folk/rock movement and should turn you into an instant fan of Rich's songwriting.”—The Daily Record
" The high point of my trip to Kerrville in 1996...Quirky, unique, original...A breath of fresh air amid the quagmire of mediocre self-produced CDs" -- Jack Hardy
"Rich Krueger's songs come from the less traveled roads of the heart. I look forward to going there with him." -- Ezra Idlet of Trout Fishing in America
"This Krueger dude has some talent! Each song seems to stretch into different territory. I mean, I am two thirds of the way through this album and I’ve had a variety of styles thrown at me and I like them all.”—Bob Segarini blog
"Talented highly distinctive songwriter...cerebral, ironic....Richard Thompsonesque" - Dirty Linen
"Krueger's melodies, phrasing, and carefully-crafted lyrics call to mind the very best singer-songwriters: Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen. But his vision is very much his own. " -- Jennifer Zogott, Folk Roots Magazine (Britain)
“We do love our mavericks here at Blabber’n’Smoke, folk who approach music from a slightly different angle and Rich Krueger seems to fit that bill…(Overpass) is a tremendous listen and it bodes well for the forthcoming albums.”—Paul Kerr
“Typically, Krueger’s modus operandi involves digging out a small shard of memory or impression, not enough to even call a story, and spin a phantasmagoric avalanche of imagery around it. This may prove antithetical to the contemporary audience, who may grow restless with his protracted enthusiasms; nonetheless, his is a precious contribution. Krueger’s loquacity is a singularity.”—Antifolk
“Rich Krueger presents lyrical poignancy with memorable tunes making “What We Are” a great kick-off into his new projects that will leave you eager to hear what is on the way.”—Indie Spoonful
“Rich Krueger is not the person to write an elongated story. We mean that far from negative. What we mean: just listen to the music. And start with the beautiful “In Between Kingfish.’—Gobsmag