Pure, raw, and captivating is how we would describe Rich Krueger – songwriting at it’s finest. Winner of the 2018 Kerrville Folk Festival.

RICH KRUEGER

“KENNY’S (It’s Always Christmas In This Bar)”

What inspired you to record a holiday song?

I have always loved Christmas, everything about it.  I love its romantic side, and its kitsch, the irony of being commercialized often emphasizing greed, about the birth of a person is the definition of selfless and humble.  It is a great source material for anyone wanting to write about the human condition.  It’s all there.

What is your fondest holiday memory as a kid?

Watching the church parking lot fill up with snow on Christmas when I was seven, just before the late night church services.

Do you still get excited about seeing gifts under the tree? What was your most favorite surprise?

I prefer buying other folks gifts and usually prefer not getting anything anymore.  When I was little, but I LOVED PRESENTS, and there was nothing like getting something you really wanted

Do you have any special holiday family traditions you would like to share?

I used to, but these things have mostly fallen by the wayside over the years.  I do enjoy a few classic Christmas shows and movie however every year.  And I listen to lots of Christmas songs…can’t get my fill

What is your favorite Christmas/holiday song (that isn’t yours)?

There are so so many…this is a tough one.  I’m always thrilled listening to “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues, and by “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love, but those just scratch the surface.

What inspired you to write a Christmas/holiday song?

All the elements of a great song are in Christmas which can make a great song, the music scene, the human interaction, the frailty and robustness, generosity and greed, deprivation and abundance, loneliness and togetherness, sorrow and joy, weakness and strength, and memories new and old,  Why wouldn’t you want to write a Christmas song?

Do you have any holiday recipes you would like to share?

They’d be too long, but they’re certainly are several usual things I used to make every year, a Buche de Noel, Gluug, a Christmas eve Mushroom bisque for after church.

What are your fondest musical memories associated with the holiday season?

Singing in church on Christmas eve.

In your opinion, what is the all-time best holiday song?

Again tough.  Almost impossible.  Maybe Blue Christmas by Elvis.

Do you believe in Santa?

Most certainly.

What message do you want people to hear when they listen to your song?

In Kenny’s, just about how joyous the place is all year your, ie It’s always Christmas in this bar!  Of course with COVID its closed for now, and I pray it reopens soon.  That’s what I am asking Santa for Christmas!

What do you enjoy more? Receiving gifts or giving them?

Definitely giving them.

What charities do you support?

The good ones.

What are your top 5 favorite holiday songs?

Fairytale of New York – The Pogues

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love

Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio (Charlie Brown’s Christmas)

Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley

St Stephen’s Day Murders – Elvis Costello and The Chieftains

Behold That Star – Pete Seeger

Have you ever gotten a lump of coal in your stocking?

Deserved to many times, but no.

Have you been naughty or nice this year?

I’m always nice

How has Covid altered your holiday plans?

Probably not.  Working

What are you looking forward to in 2021? 

Especially after January 20

Did you start holiday celebrations early this year? What did you do differently in 2020?

Not a lot of celebrating this year, mostly just keeping on. 

 

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