WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Here be a literary songwriter of the first rank. A major songwriter. Thanks for making music that still makes reviewing albums worth it.”
- Robert Christgau, THE Dean of American Rock Critics Expert Witness Noisey (VICE) & a personal phone call from Mr. Christgau
“I can’t remember the last time I said yes to a song out loud in its first three seconds. In the instant when I realized that Krueger … was something different. You believe him, you want to be there. He sounds like he’s been all around the world without ever leaving home.”
- Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone
“A highly developed songwriter… advanced, experienced storytelling of vivid, ribald life experience/ viewpoint.”
- Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover
“Staggering yet often surreal stories...articulate lyrics coupled to heavyweight tunes make this a joy. The new Randy Newman?
- Tony Ives, AmericanaMusicShow.com
“Razor sharp observation...his words spill out - almost a screenplay in miniature...an incredibly talented maverick.”
- Paul Kerr, Blabber ‘n’ Smoke (Glasgow)
"A major songwriter, complete with wavery high baritone that hurts so much it'll make ordinary mortals wince."
- Robert Christgau, THE dean of American Rock Critics, Expert Witness Noisey (VICE)
"I'm loving Rich Krueger's new CD, NowThen. He is so deserving of all the success he has been receiving! Way forward Rich!"
- Melanie (Safka), singer-songwriter and legend
- Mary Gauthier, singer-songwriter
"Krueger reaches way down and creates his own musical paths, song after song. Paths which suck you into an altered universe in which you get lost in other peoples problems and successes for a change. So damn good. ...maybe perfect music for the moment. Rich Krueger, where have you been hiding?"
- Frank Gutch, No Depression The Journal of Roots Music
"Talented...highly distinctive songwriter...cerebral, ironic....Richard Thompsonesque."
- Michael Parrish, Dirty Linen
"As a lifelong fan of True Deep American Strangeness, I came to a realization after leaving Milwaukee for the last time in 1959, that the Truest, Deepest American Strangeness is to be found in the Heartland, the Great Midwest. As a perfect example, take a song--any song--of Rich Krueger, and you will see exactly what I mean. Rich is an American Stranger, if I ever did see one."
-Peter Stampfel, The Holy Modal Rounders, The Fugs, & The Bottlecaps
"Krueger`s melodies, phrasing, and carefully-crafted lyrics call to mind the very best singer-songwriters…Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen. But his vision is very much his own."
- Jennifer Zogott, Folk Roots Magazine (Britain)
"Richard Krueger is taking his folky guitar explorations and voice into places hitherto unvisited except by real seekers after the musical grail—sensitive and beautiful, shine on Rich!"
- Gary Lucas, God and Monsters & Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
"Rich Krueger`s songs come from the less traveled roads of the heart. I look forward to going there with him."
- Ezra Idlet, Trout Fishing in America
"The high point of my trip to Kerrville in 1996...Quirky, unique, original...A breath of fresh air amid the quagmire of mediocre self-produced CDs."
- Jack Hardy, Fast Folk
"Krueger`s got stories to tell, moods to paint...his passion and irreverence invite comparisons to Loudon Wainwright III, Randy Newman, and the Sex Pistols. Lyrically artful and musically diverse, Krueger`s soulful voice carries us over his debris-strewn chaotic emotional landscape to a place of catharsis and - dare we say it - peace."
- Emily Kaitz, singer-songwriter