Single "Half Way Down" featuring The Bones of J.R. Jones by Charles Newman

Here is another single from the Coast & Refuge project folder!

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The bedeviled, banjo driven crooners duet Half Way Down [available on SpotifyiTunes, Amazon, etc.] features The Bones of J.R. Jones and was written by the two songwriters in Gruen's father's rock 'n' roll photo studio in Greenwich Village, NYC. 

"Jonathan (The Bones of J.R. Jones) has all of my respect. His sound is genuinely haunted by the original spirits of the talkin' blues. Being a fan of his makes this collaboration a special one for me. I'd hoped we could sit down for a while. When we did, the song's story line and feel came naturally right away. It's a ditty about the timeless irony of being cursed, yet eternally hopeful."

Be on the look out for two more more singles to be released before the year's end to conclude the Coast & Refuge project.

Thanks!
-Kris Gruen

New single "Song For Yesterday" by Charles Newman

I am delighted to share some new singles with you all this fall. These singles are tied to the collaborative Coast & Refuge project, all featuring co-written songs that were composed with friends across the globe over the past several years.

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The anthemic Song For Yesterday [available on SpotifyiTunesAmazon, etc.] traveled across the US and back. It was co-written in Los Angeles with Geoff Brandin and producer Ramin Sakurai (the Supreme Beings of Leisure), furthered in Brooklyn by long-time collaborator Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields), finished in Vermont with multi-instrumentalist Colin McCaffrey, then mixed back in LA by Tom Rogers at Atomix Studios. 

"Ramin and Geoff handed me a beautiful soundscape to sink into. It made me think of reconvening that Coast & Refuge has inspired, reconnecting and returning me to some of my oldest and dearest lost friendships." 

Stay tuned for more singles to be released before the year's end to conclude the Coast & Refuge project.

Bernie Sanders + Shows in NYC & Boston by Charles Newman

With immense honor and joy I'll be performing at two Get Out The Vote Rallies this Sunday, November 4th with Bernie Sanders. 

Nov 4 (9:00am) Montpelier, VT @ Montpelier Senior Activity Center [58 Barre St, Montpelier, VT 05602] 
Nov 4 (6:30pm) Burlington, VT @ Davis Center [590 Main St, Burlington, VT 05405] 

Both events are free, however, an RSVP is required via the links above.

Here's a short video I put together in support of the Get Out The Vote mission. Remember, your vote is your voice for the world you want!

In addition to these rallies, I have a few more shows left to close out 2018 (see below). I'll also be announcing a string Midwest tour dates with my friend Benjamin Cartel here shortly so stay tuned.

Nov 5 New York, NY @ City Vineyard w/ The Davenports
Nov 6 Boston, MA @ Atwood's Tavern w/ Lay Low Moon, Danny Hoshino

Wherever I go, it's always a joy to connect with fans and friends – that human connection is what drives me to pick up a guitar and head out the door. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon.

Cheers!
-Kris Gruen


Climbing the charts! by Charles Newman

 

 

 Very excited to have cracked these radio charts with "Coast and Refuge" just above some my faves like  Mazzy Star  and  Jack White ! Special thanks for the strong support from the folks at  KMSC Dragon Radio ,  KMUD - Redwood Community Radio, Inc. ,  Rogers State University Radio KRSC-FM 91.3 ,  KWUR ,  WLAS - 102.9 FM, Lasell College Radio ,  WDWN ,  WMXM 88.9 FM ,  WPNR 90.7 ,  Pulse FM 90.7 Messiah College Radio  and  WVUA-FM 90.7 .

Very excited to have cracked these radio charts with "Coast and Refuge" just above some my faves like Mazzy Star and Jack White! Special thanks for the strong support from the folks at KMSC Dragon RadioKMUD - Redwood Community Radio, Inc.Rogers State University Radio KRSC-FM 91.3KWURWLAS - 102.9 FM, Lasell College RadioWDWNWMXM 88.9 FMWPNR 90.7Pulse FM 90.7 Messiah College Radio and WVUA-FM 90.7.