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 released his third studio 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.
In 2015 Kris did a short run release of the Duos and Trios EP which included some and co-writes from 4 friends including Jim and Sam, The Bones of J.R. Jones, Rachel Ries and Peppina. This coincided with and 8 country European tour supporting Jesse Malin and Brothers of Brazil. He's currently working on his next full length titled Coast and Refuge, which encompasses and array of collaborations with a stellar group of LA producers and writers. It's slated for an early 2017 release. Kris's recent collaboration with Peppina on the song "Young Hearts" has to led to a short upcoming tour with the Finnish singer around their performances at this years Live at Heart Festival in Orebro Sweden.