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Kris Gruen


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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 releases 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.
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Album: Coast and Refuge
Genre: Country
Mood: Gentle, Mellow, Positive
Description: File With: Andrew Bird, The Arcade Fire, Iron and Wine and The Decemberists
Instrumental: Yes
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Album: How Long Will I Wait - Single
Genre: Folk
Mood: Gentle, Heartfelt, Inspiring
Description: File With: Americana, Folky, Emotional
Instrumental: Yes
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Album: Leaving Light
Genre: Rock
Mood: Ambient, Dark, Dreamy, Weird
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Album: Leaving Light
Genre: Rock
Mood: Confident, Driving, Energetic

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Kris Gruen "What Brings You" - American Eagle Outfitters
Kris Gruen and Brad Gordon - "Body in Motion" - Prudential
Kris Gruen P&G "Thank You Moms" Campaign

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Kris Gruen How Long Will I Wait
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