Singer/songwriter Rich Krueger jumped right into the indie spotlight with his acclaimed debut album "Life Ain't That Long." He is quickly following that up with his brand new studio album "NOWThen," which will be released on October 26th. The new 15-song album is broken up into two different periods of songwriting in Krueger's life. He begins with the newly written track "Kenny's (It's Always Christmas In This Bar)," as the song features a quick pace, with a Randy Newman vibe. He continues with a couple of acoustic folk tracks that were written back in 1993, the country twang of "Girls Go For Arse'oles" and the word-filled sway of "Waltz (Terpsichore)." He returns to the modern day with the newly penned story of "Don," before the gentle touch of "In Regard To Flight," which was also written back in the early nineties. One of the earliest penned tracks on this album is the 1987 story of "The Great War," as Krueger encountered this waitress in Chicago. The song "Por Que No Me Amas (Love Me)" was also written for a play in the mid-nineties titled "Love Me" (whose performers and writers would go on to create the Tony Award Winner, "Urinetown"). Rich Krueger wraps up his new album with the middle-eastern influence of "Yesterday's Wrong (Green)," followed by the eight-minute escape of "A Tout Jamais (Pour Eva)" and the newly penned political folk gem "Think What You Will." To find out more about Rich Krueger and his latest release "NOWThen," please visit richkrueger.com.
Next, from Chicago comes the return of Martin Van Ruin with their sophomore album, "Current Day." It features 8-tracks, beginning with the slow strumming of "White Noise," as the music builds with each verse. They shift gears for the post-punk appeal of "Enzo (The Flying Man!)," then turn on the electric charm with the lush sounds of "Julie (You're Dreaming)." Martin Van Ruin rock out to the raw, alternative groove of "On The Level," before slowing down for the heartfelt, acoustic ballad "Current Day." They wrap up their new album with the steady rise of "You're Gonna Need Some Help" and the mainstream alt-pop of "Always Talking." To find out more about Martin Van Ruin and their latest release "Current Day," please visit martinvanruin.com.
Also from Chicago comes the latest release from the Red Spot Rhythm Section. Their new 3 song album titled "Win For Losing," features their first release in almost three years. Their new short set begins with the island/reggae groove of the title song, "Win For Losing" as the horns add a bit of a ska sound to the song. The other two songs that appear on this new release are a dub version of the song, which focuses more on the song's rhythm and a dance mix of the song that adds some more percussion to the song's original reggae vibe. To find out more about the Red Spot Rhythm Section, please visit redspotrhythmsection.com.