Life Aint That Long and NOWThen make numerous "Best of 2018" lists!
In fact we made Robert Christgau's 2018 Dean List in the top 15 albums, not once but TWICE, #6 and #14. Making this pretigous list twice in one year has only happened a total of 8 times since 1971, and since 1980 only in 2011 (Wussy) and 2018 (me & Wussy)! a rare event indeed! I couldn't be more proud and flabbergasted!
“Artist of the Year (Non-Nashville):
“I like it when I "discover" and artist before most others - think Jon Latham or Darrin Bradbury, that is not the case with Rich Krueger. He was named the 2018 Kerrville New Folk Award winner and later in the year, critic Greil Marcus gave Krueger a positive review in Rolling Stone. In my defense, I didn't know any of this when I first heard Rich Krueger's songs. I just knew that I had "discovered" a great songwriter. I have to tell I kind of circular story for a second, back in late 2013, a friend on Facebook said something like, there just aren't great songwriters like their used to be. At the time, I didn't have a counter. I was mostly writing about bands and the sound at the time. Shortly after that, though, I heard Darrin Bradbury's songs and knew that friend (who has great musical tastes by the way) was wrong. I tell that story because Rich Krueger reconfirms for me that their are great songwriters working today. So, Kerrville and Greil Marcus - I have to acknowledge your scoop. Honestly, though, I could not think of a more deserving recipient for 2018 Artist of the Year than Rich Krueger.” - Joe Wolfe-Mazere
#7 “The Gospel According to Carl” from Life Aint That Long. "Lord, they don’t make them like this anymore. Trends come and go but a good story can last a lifetime, and Rich is one hell of a storyteller. This soulful tale of a crooked salesman seeing the error of his ways has been one of the biggest surprises of the year. It’s a track that I’ll find myself coming back to for a long while to come, and that’s the gospel truth."
NOWThen is #2 on Tony Ives' The American Music Show Best of 2018! Fantastic! A huge honor!
“Behold glorious arrangements, humorous lyrics and killer melodies. The new Randy Newman?” - Tony Ives
5. NOWThen made Counterpunch's 25 Best Albums of 2018 list!
#9 Rich Krueger, NowThen (RockinK Music/self-released, Evergreen Park, IL)
Rich Krueger aus Chicago schloss Studien in Biochemie, als Kinderarzt und in Neurowissenschaften ab. Er schreibt seit den frühen 1980er Jahren Songs und gründete1985 die Folkrock-Band The Dysfunctionells. Ende 2017 veröffentlichte er unter seinem Namen sein erstes Album «Life Ain’t That Long». Kaum ein Jahr danach legt er ein phantastisches Album mit über einem Dutzend alten und neuen, witzigen und tiefsinnigen eigenen Songs vor: «NowThen». Begleitet wird er von einer soliden Band sowie von Gästen wie Robbie Fulks, Gary Lucas, John Fulbright und Peter Stampfel. Beeindruckend.
TRANSLATION Rich Krueger of Chicago completed biochemistry, pediatrician and neuroscience studies. He has been writing songs since the early 1980s and founded the folk rock band The Dysfunctionells in 1985. At the end of 2017 he released his first album «Life Is not That Long» under his name. Barely a year later, he presents a fantastic album with over a dozen old and new, witty and profound own songs: "NowThen". He is accompanied by a solid band and guests such as Robbie Fulks, Gary Lucas, John Fulbright and Peter Stampfel. Impressive.
The Paranoid Style - “Absolute Cadavers”
John Prine - “Summer’s End”
Wussy - “Gloria”
Pistol Annies - “Best Years Of My Life”
Lyrics Born - “Can’t Lose My Joy”
Sophie - “It’s Okay to Cry”
Amanda Shires - “Break Out the Champagne”
Rich Krueger - “Don”
Bettye Lavette - “Things Have Changed”
Amy Rigby - “Tom Petty Karaoke
1.Noname: Room 25 (self-released)
2.MAST: Thelonious Sphere Monk (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup)
3.Parquet Courts: WIDE AWAAAAAKE! (Rough Trade)
4.Wussy: Getting Better [EP] (Shake It)
5.Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed (Verve)
6.Pistol Annies: Interstate Gospel (RCA)
7.Superchunck: What a Time to Be Alive (Merge)
8.Rich Krueger: Life Ain’t That Long (Rockink)
9.Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic)
10.Pusha T: Daytona (G.O.O.D. Music)