Kristy Kruger

Kristy Kruger

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Lyrically, Kruger is a songwriter with a sense of realism. Sonically, she interweaves traditional jazz and country in an alternative setting, reminiscent of Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, and Suzanne Vega.

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"Kristy Kruger has confidence and thoughtfulness and an artistic sensibility that relfects a caring, sensitive soul." -Edie Brickell

"The real heart of 'Anatomy' lies in Kruger's memorable lyrics and melodies, her careful, evocative vocals and smart contemporary arrangements." -The Times Picayune (New Orleans, LA)

"Psychedelic Folk Pop." -The Dallas Morning News

"Kruger sings 'I Got My Back' with the quiet confidence of someone who actually does." -The Gambit (Alternative Weekly Press, New Orleans, LA)

Songwriter and artist Kristy Krüger has an extensive history in music that spans classical, jazz, folk, and rock genres. Throughout the course of her career as a pianist and composer, Krüger won a multitude of local, state, national, and international awards culminating with the highly coveted “Dee Bee Award” from Down Beat Magazine. When she shifted gears into the world of the singer/songwriter, she brought a broad spectrum of influences with her, ranging from Hank Williams, Sr. to Miles Davis as she criss-crossed the country alone in her car. Her untraditional jazz-influenced approach to folk music has carried her throughout the United States, performing at top-notch venues, both headlining and opening for national acts. She also received a 2003 & 2005 Dallas Observer nomination for Best Acoustic Act, securing her status as a favorite in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. With a wealth of life experiences from her solo journeys, Krüger has also contributed to Public Radio International's This American Life. In addition to these efforts, Krüger has found time to record four full-length albums. Her latest, Songs From a Dead Man’s Couch, is scheduled for release this spring.

Krüger started playing piano at age five. By eighth grade, she was performing, composing and competing in the classical piano world. She studied jazz in Dallas at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts whose alumni includes Norah Jones, Edie Brickell, Erykah Badu, and jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove. There her strength became composition. On four separate occasions she took first place in state from the Texas Music Teachers’ Association and was honored with over a dozen other awards during her high school career. By the time she was 17, she had two original compositions published, and before graduation, the Teachers’ Association presented her with the Whitlock Memorial Scholarship Award for winning more musical awards than any other high school senior in the state of Texas. The prestige of the subsequent Down Beat Magazine “Dee Bee Award” for Best Extended Composition in the North American Continent led to scholarships at the country’s best music schools.

Krüger chose the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she majored in Music Industry. During this period, she began writing songs on both piano and guitar in the singer/songwriter tradition and delved into the Los Angeles music scene. She founded her own label, Do It Yerself Records, in 1998 and released her debut album, Bachelor of Apathy. Upon completing her degree at USC, Krüger relocated to her native Texas and began performing solo at universities, nightclubs, conferences, and festivals throughout the US and Canada. During this time she released a second album reflecting her tours entitled, The Noise I Make which received a Just Plain Folks nomination for Best New Folk Album of 2001.

While promoting The Noise I Make, on a tour in California, Krüger met engineer Andrew Gilchrist, sonic guru behind Ani DiFranco. The two established a working relationship and Krüger relocated to New Orleans where she recorded her third album with Gilchrist entitled An Unauthorized Guide to the Human Anatomy. An anatomical concept record, Anatomy, comes with a 24-page mock medical textbook and each song is paired with a body part. Krüger co-produced the record with Gilchrist and was able to put her classical counterpoint skills to work, composing background vocals that move like string arrangements throughout the album. Unlike The Noise I Make, this record featured Krüger with a full band, including Dave Pirner, bassist Brad Houser of Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, and drummer Tony Nozero of Drums and Tuba (on DiFranco’s label). Anatomy also won Best Female Singer/Songwriter Album of the Year at the Just Plain Folks International Independent Music Awards, out of 10,000 entries.

Currently Krüger is wrapping up her fourth album, scheduled for release this spring – with two tracks already named finalists in the International Acoustic Music Awards. This album features Krüger in a different setting than her previous releases. After six years of touring the country alone, Krüger give

Lyrics

Gold Rush

Written By: Kristy Kruger

Fools have come rushing in
The fools have come to California
A faraway neverland
Where everyone is busy and beautiful
And the sun shines everyday
The stars shine every night
With trees so tall and thin
All hungry like the people here

Heavy loads
Rocky roads
One more wagon on a trail to the horizon
Every mile that passes, passes slow
Staking claims, carving names
Snapping reigns
I’m coming through, so outta my way
Everybody push
Everybody shove
Everybody go!

We’ve come to beat the odds
We’ve come searching for gold
We’ve come to have it all
We’ve come to busy
And we’ve come to be beautiful

And the seasons come
And the seasons go
But the weather doesn’t change
Our lives banking on the chance
That we could bring a fortune home

Heavy loads
Rocky roads
One more wagon on a trail to the horizon
Every mile that passes, passes slow
Staking claims, carving names
Snapping reigns
I’m coming through, so outta my way
Everybody push
Everybody shove
Everybody go!

Are you one in a million?
Are you a mine of gold?
Do you spend your life living
Or scratching and digging
Countless holes of loneliness?

So grab your shovels and your maps
Cause you could strike it just like that
And the lucky man who does will be the envy of everyone

We’re so far from our homes
A town of strangers and unknowns
Washing gravel, chipping stones
To be the next big thing on the late show

Fools have come rushing in
The fools have come to California

The Night You Never Came to Meet Me

Written By: Kristy Kruger

The Night You Never Came to Meet Me
Music/Lyrics by Kristy Krüger © 2004

There were cotton candy for clouds
A spotlight for a moon
Soft beam shown on a stage that is still
On the night you never came to meet me

Oh how I wish you’d have seen it
I know you would have loved it
The world was a painting I was painted into
Or a painting I was passing through

When the cotton candy dissolved
There was glitter all through the sky
Clustered, scattered at the same time
On the night you never came to meet me

Oh how I wish you’d have seen it
I know you would have loved it
The world was a painting I was painted into
Or a painting I was passing through

And you should have heard the sounds
There were nocturnes all around

It was just too lovely to happen
Something had to go wrong
Darling you’ll never know all the good things you missed
On the night you never came to meet me
On the night you never came to meet me

The Peddler

Written By: Kristy Kruger

The Peddler
Music/Lyrics by Kristy Krüger  December 2004

He walks down the boulevard
Through the subway cars
Where the people are
Knocking doors, ringing bells,
Carries all he sells
He’s the Peddler

Run, run, run when you see him come
He will pluck and strum his fingers numb
And if he tries when you walk by
Just avoid the eyes of the peddler

Who can say what’s his name
And who would care if they knew
Who would buy a song he sings
to give a man a job to do?

Out on his own, out on a limb
He needs you, but you don’t need him
‘Cause no one wants to talk to you
Or hear you talk when you’re a peddler

Hopelessness, Meaningless
All his days go just like this
And if he lies or if he cries
No one sees the eyes of a peddler

Chorus

What man would be up for it?
To bear the load that the peddler lifts
The baggage of a lonely trade
Only he knows what it weighs

So, this is how the story goes
And don’t you think that the peddler knows
That when he’s all teeth and bones
Who’s gonna flower his tombstone?

Chorus

Discography

Songs From a Dead Man's Couch (2006)
An Unauthorized Guide to the Human Anatomy (2004)
The Noise I Make (2000)
Bachelor of Apathy (1998)

"An Unauthorized Guide to the Human Anatomy" is spinning on XM Satellite Radio and is currently the Editor's Pick for Folk-Rock at www.cdbaby.com (the world's leading sole-independent music retailer)

Set List

Kristy has written well over 200 songs and is constantly writing new material. She does not use set lists, but rather feels out each audience and chooses her original material accordingly. She may occassionally play a cover or two, and when she does, you can rest assured it will sound nothing like the original. Take, for instance, her country version of the Clash tune "Lost in the Supermarket" or her finger-pickin' acoustic take on Depeche Mode's "Never Let Me Down Again."