Listening to Rich Krueger is a little unsettling because of the honest lyric subject matter. While sometimes hard to follow their is an occasional lyric that grabs me, most of them about growing up and loosing touch with the innocence of childhood. The instrumentation is full to the brim with virtuoso violin playing and tasteful rhythm section accompaniment. This listener would compare the timbre of Rich Kruegers voice to maybe Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. For more about Rich Krueger read attached biography below the last line of the biography is my favorite, it is honest and humorously depressing.
“Rich Krueger has been writing and performing, solo and with his band The Dysfunctionells, largely in Chicago and NYC, since 1985. The Dysfunctionells, featured on WXRT, PBS-Melbourne, and WFMT, among other stations, since the 1990’s, have backed up the Holy Modal Rounders at their reunion at The Bottom Line in NYC, and have recorded with Peter Stampfel of the HMRs.
Rich has performed solo in venues Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Austin, Kerrville, Tulsa, London, Hammond, Urbana, and Chicago, even at Town Hall in NYC in 2002. Rich released a self-produced song collection from 1998, Personal Overachievement Rich Krueger or PORK for short, and another studio demo from 2002, Troth.
In 2017, Rich is releasing two full length as-yet-untitled studio albums, featuring many great musicians from Chicago, Tulsa and NYC.
In 2017 Rich was chosen as one of the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalists . These songwriters were chosen over 600 wonderful entries we received from North America, Europe, Australia and Japan. He didn’t win, just like all of the previous luminaries that have been in New Folk, such as Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, and Lucinda Williams, and those who never got into New Folk, like Michelle Shocked. To celebrate, Rich has released a pre-release preview five song EP, Overpass, drawn from the upcoming albums. Rich’s friend John Fullbright is featured on one track.
There are literally tens of rabid Rich Krueger fans scattered all over the globe…poor sods all.”