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Like the bands they admire, such as Camper Van Beethoven, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Kaiser Chiefs, The Great Crusades seem to be in it for the long haul—still writing outstanding tunes and playing mind-blowing live shows. Vocalist/guitarist Brian Krumm gathered the current band members in Chicago 20 years ago, including collaborators Brian Hunt, Brian Leach and Christian Moder. He had already released the band’s first album, The First Spilled Drink of the Evening. Soon after, Rolling Stone’s David Fricke wrote, “The Great Crusades look at life through a shot-glass lens, mixing anger, muscle and minor-key remorse like a roughneck Tindersticks with the bonus of a singer who’s got the tubercular pipes of Tom Waits and Axl Rose’s love child.” (Mud Records reissued First Spilled Drink in Summer 2017.)
Welcome to the Hiawatha Inn, Four Thirty, Keep Them Entertained, Fiction to Shame and Thieves of Chicago followed. Two of the band’s songs appeared in the season 4 finale of the HBO vampire series True Blood. In 2017, the Crusades completed Until the Night Turned to Day with Grammy winner Brian Leach at the production helm in JoyRide Studio in Chicago.
Today, the band continues to expand its fan base and further build its reputation as one of the wildest and most-loved bands in the business. Along the way, they have shared the stage with Gary Moore, Scorpions, 16 Horsepower, Bottle Rockets and Leningrad Cowboys—on many memorable tours of Europe, the U.S. and everywhere in between.
Veterans of the Chicago indie rock scene, Pravda recording artists Scott and Odie deliver potent acoustic rock tunes that they have re-envisioned and re-worked, from their usual full band setting. Melodic and artful, this duo energetically performs songs honed on stages and in studios throughout the Midwest. The fun they have playing is evident, and infectious for their audiences.
Chris Rawlins is a singer/songwriter based in Chicago, IL distinguished by his unique finger style guitar playing, vivid lyrics and blend of folk, jazz, country and pop sounds. Born in Michigan, he studied jazz guitar and creative writing at Western Michigan University, and worked as a bassist in a variety of rock and cover bands before venturing into Chicago's eclectic singer-songwriter scene. His debut LP releases February 8th, 2019.
David Prusina is a Singer-Songwriter from Chicago