Rich Krueger, a singer-songwriter based now in Duke City, NM (formerly in LA, and before that Chicago, Illinois), was born in Brooklyn, NYC in 1960, during that difficult period of transition after the Spanish-American War. He has been writing and performing, solo and with his band The Dysfunctionells, largely in Chicago, but also in NYC and Kerrville, since 1985. The Dysfunctionells have backed up the Holy Modal Rounders at their reunion at The Bottom Line in NYC, and The Dysfunctionells have recorded with Peter Stampfel of the HMR. He does not bowl. There are literally tens of rabid Rich Krueger fans scattered all over the globe, and include many of the best and brightest writer/performers working today--Peter Stampfel, Rob Fulks, Jack Hardy, David Massengill, Trout Fishing in America, Andrew Calhoun, Hugh Blumenfeld, and Emily Kaitz, to name but a few. He can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the record, he is also an MD/PhD neonatologist/neuroscientist.
"Talented...highly distinctive songwriter...cerebral, ironic....Richard Thompsonesque" --Michael Parrish, Dirty Linen
"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)
"As a lifelong fan of True Deep American Strangeness, I came to a realization after leaving Milwaukee for the last time in 1959: 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 of the Holy Modal Rounders
Rich Krueger, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica, Banjo and Vocal, with or without The Dysfunctionells which include:
Russ Clark, Bass.
Vernon Tonges, Pedal Steel and Electric Guitar
Oliver Steck, Accordian, Trumpet, harmonica
Vence Edmunds, Drums
Rich has a self-produced song demo on CD entitled "Personal Overachievement Rich Krueger" or PORK for short, and the half album entitled TROTH. Both of these have had some airplay on Public Radio, WFMT in Chicago, WXTR in Chicago, KUNM and KSFR in New Mexico and other places including Dr. Demento's show.