Five Firsts: Brian Cruse of Luray

Brian Cruse
Brian Cruse

NAME: Brian Cruse
BAND AFFILIATION: Luray, Brian Cruse & the J.Smith Trio, Fado Nosso, quux collective, Larri Branch Agenda, Petersburg Symphony
INSTRUMENT: Upright & Electric Bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Nirvana – Nevermind. That was based off the recommendations of my friends. That album blew me away. I was in fifth grade & certainly had never heard anything like that before. Another album that really sticks out in my mind is Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. That was the first album I really felt an uncontrollable urge to hunt down and find, after hearing the song “The Boxer” on the radio in high school. That song holds a special place in my heart to this day.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Avail & Strike Anywhere @ Nation in DC, around 2000. The energy at the show was incredible and something I love about live music in general. You can always feel a special energy when a band is totally invested in the music they are performing, no matter the genre.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Clarinet. It started in fourth grade, and this lasted a few years until I discovered my Dad’s guitar. Then I started noticing that the electric bass player in band class looked like he was having a lot of fun. A few of my friends already played guitar, so I figured I’d try playing the bass. By high school, my band director made it clear, it was time to start checking out the upright if I wanted to play in Jazz Band.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Prolly an eight-measure piece at my fourth grade concert.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … 24 Green – a punk trio that I started in high school.

Brian Cruse and his bandmates in the chamber-folk-Americana band Luray are headed into Beacon on Saturday (September 7). In support of their new album – “The Wilder” produced by Bon Iver’s Sean Carey – Luray will play the In the Pines Music Festival at University Settlement Camp in Beacon, along with the Jack Grace Band, the Loom, the Vontons, Raquel Vidal & the Monday Men, High On Rebellion and 1977. Music starts at 4pm, and tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

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