• BASSIST COMPOSER ARRANGER TEACHER BRIAN CRUSE
    • B-Snap-tet Records New Album
      03/19/2014
      Good times were had over the weekend of March 1st and 2nd down at Minimum Wage Studios in RVA!!  I was so glad to be able to lay down our original tunes with B-Snap-tet before Brendan (sax) headed off for some cruise work before grad-school.  It was great to have the help of Lance Koehler manning the boards and keeping everything running smoother than ever!!  We'll be playing a few gigs in April in RVA, check out the gigs page for more info.  Here's a taste of one of our new tunes we just laid down, from a gig at Bogart's 
    • Luray - The Wilder Video (live)
      11/10/2013
      Luray - The Wilder
      (Live)

      Shot in Waldorf, MD - July 2013

      Directed by: Mitch Wenkus

    • The Wilder - New Album from Luray, released 8/27!!
      08/27/2013
      Luray --- The Wilder 

      Out now on iTunes

      Produced by Sean Carey of Bon Iver

      Check out the gigs page for our September tour info

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      Twitter: @luray_who
    • con legno --- Now available on Bandcamp & iTunes
      07/11/2013
      New album from Brian Cruse & the J.Smith Trio - con legno

      Audio CD, Downloads, & Posters now available on:


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    • Brian Cruse & the J.Smith Trio ALBUM RELEASE SHOW - Fri. June 21st @ Globehopper
      06/04/2013
      I'm thrilled to announce the release of con legno, a new album I've recorded with the J. Smith Trio.  It features original compositions from all three band members.  It was such a great experience putting this album with Justin & CJ, I can't thank them enough for their contributions.  We would love for you to join us as we celebrate the release of this album on June 21st!  

      We are so grateful to have Paul Wilson & Kevin Johnson begin the evening with a set of sarod & tablas playing.  We're really looking forward to the addition of tenor saxophonist Brendan Schnabel on a few of our tunes as well.  Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions regarding the event.  


       
      Brian Cruse & the J.Smith Trio - con legno

      Album Release Show 

      with:
       Paul Willson (sarod) & Kevin Johnson (tabla)



      Friday June 21st - 6:30pm  @ Globehopper 

      2100 E. Main St. Richmond, VA 23223

      Free Admission & Discounted Albums for Sale


      Stream music from the new album here: SoundCloud


      Brian Cruse - double bass

      Justin Smith - guitar

      CJ Wolfe - drum set & mbira



    • Luray - Low Branches - Nick Coward @ The Camel 5/11
      05/07/2013
      Luray plays RVA!!!

      Luray - The Low Branches - Nick Coward & the Last Battle

      Saturday May 11th - 9pm - The Camel

      $5 - ALL AGES


    • Sueños Gitanos ALBUM RELEASE SHOW Fri. 4/26 @ C'est Le Vin
      04/26/2013

      C'est Le Vin

      15 N 17th St in Shockoe Bottom

      7-9:30pm. No Cover



    • Fado Nosso ALBUM RELEASE SHOW - Sat 3/30 @ Globehopper Cafe
      03/20/2013
      Fado Nosso is excited to announce the release of our self titled debut album!  I am grateful for the opportunity I had to play upright on a few tunes and help produce the album.  It was a wonderful experience to dive into an entirely new world of music that I had net yet explored.  Please join us and contact me with any additional questions. 


      Fado Nosso Album Release Show

      Sat. 3/30 - 6-9pm - Globehopper Cafe

      2100 E Main St. Richmond, VA

      Free Admission & Discounted Albums for Sale





      Fado Nosso is:

      Bernadette Stephens - vocals

      Leah Kruszewski - guitar

      Brian Cruse - double bass

      Melissa Jones - violin


        
    • Luray tours the northeast
      02/18/2012
      To cap off the first month of 2013, Luray hit the road for a quick three day tour to the northeast, playing in NYC, Northampton Mass. & Washington DC.  We had a wonderful time, and look forward to returning soon!  

      To open the tour, we played at the Lower East Side venue Pianos on Jan 31st.  Arriving with a few extra minutes to spare, we were able to get a quick sounds check and get everything dialed in for a great, high energy show! 

      Our next stop was at The Parlor Room, a beautiful new listening room attached to the offices of Signature Sounds.  This was an amazing show, with Dennis Crommett & Brooke Brown Saracino.  The sold out show and great hospitality of the Signature Sounds team was wonderful, we couldn't have asked for anything more! 

      After a short night's sleep and an 8 hr drive south, we hit at the Rock and Roll Hotel on a snowy Feb 2nd.  Although we were all pretty spent from the fast paced journey, our openers Justin Trawick & Hatfield McCoy got us infused with a new breath of air to close out a great tour in front of a hometown crowd.

      A special thank you to all the bands and venues for being so warm and welcoming.  See you all soon!

       
    • Recordings and pictures from Chris Ryan - Live at Impanema 11/4/2012
      11/14/2012

      Live Recordings & Pictures - click here

      Recorded by: Viking Recording - Allen Bergendahl

      Photography: PJ Sykes

    • Luray plays w/ Justin Jones at The Rock & Roll Hotel in DC
      11/13/2012
      Luray had a great show last Saturday playing with the Justin Jones Band & Vagabond Union at The Rock & Roll Hotel in DC.  Keep an eye out in 2013 for the release of their debut album, The Wilder.
    • quux performs on Dr. Sheri Oyan's faculty recital at VCU
      11/03/2012
      Another performance of our new piece Impulse Control, premiered at the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival at the University of Richmond.  VCU - 8pm - $10 - Free w/ student id
    • quux performs at Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival - 11/2 2:30pm
      11/02/2012
      Friday 11/2 - 2:30pm - University of Richmond - Free. 
    • Luray scheduled to perform at 2012 CMJ Music Festival
      10/02/2012

       PETE'S CANDY SHOP

      709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

      Saturday, Oct. 20th, 8pm


      Along with fellow RVA musician CJ Wolfe (drums), Brian will be playing bass in the band Luray when they perform at the 2012 CMJ Music Festival in New York. 


      For more info:

      http://www.cmj.com/marathon/cmj-2012-artists/

      http://www.petescandystore.com/newmusic/newshows_oct.html


      Check out three preview tracks here:

      http://luraymusic.com/

       

      Luray is banjo-inspired indie rock fused with classic country and folk, created and performed by Shannon Carey. With production help from her brother Sean Carey (of S. Carey and Bon Iver), Luray's soon-to-debut album creates strange and lovely bedfellows of different genres. Banjos, vibes, pedal steel, and ambient vocals make up this bluegrass-trained songwriter's new and vibrant approach to making music, and the end result is somewhere between Iron & Wine and Emmylou Harris.

      Luray is based in Washington, DC. Live, Shannon Carey is joined by Sarah Gilberg on vocals and keyboard, Gabriel Wisniewski on guitar, CJ Wolfe on drums, and Brian Cruse on bass.

    • FREE Marionette Show 7/12 @ Balliceaux
      07/10/2012
    • Marionette set to open for Future Islands
      07/06/2012

      Future Islands - Dope Body - Marionette

      Saturday July 21st

      The Camel 

      Doors @ 8pm

      $11-advance / $13-door

    • quux preparing for world premiere of new piece, Impulse Control
      07/03/2012
      Impulse Control, a new piece composed for quux quartet will be premiered at VCU on Saturday November 3rd.  The piece, which was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University was written by Peter Van Zandt Lane for soprano sax, bassoon, electric bass, percussion and soundtrack.  For more information, visit www.quuxquartet.com
    • Marionette recording & video shoot @ Scoot Richmond
      04/17/2012
      Marionette took another step forward in completing their latest album and recorded new audio tracks as well as video footage.  With the help of Allen Bergendahl from Viking Recording, Marionette was able to get great live takes of their new music while in the spacious sounding workshop/garage of Scoot Richmond.   Check out one of Marionette's other newest songs in the mean time - Prize Fighter 
    • Recording Complete on Brian's Debut Album!
      02/25/2012

      It's official, Brian and the JSmith Trio have wrapped things up at Minimum Wage Studios and the recording for Brian's debut album is complete.  It features Justin Smith (guitar) & C.J. Wolfe (drums).  The recording includes original compositions by all 3 band members & will be released later this year.  More updates soon! 

    • Studio Life
      02/16/2012
      It's been a busy few months in the studio.  In addition to finishing his new trio album, here is what Brian has been up to with some other projects that he is involved with:

      Marionette - Currently working on their next album, Marionette has recently wrapped everything up on Prize Fighter, a lush, spacious song that engulfs you with the psych-rock quartet's powerful presence.  Recently debuted on the RadioRubberRoom radio show & podcast, Prize Fighter is now mixed and in it's final stages of being mastered.  Check out the new tune here!!

      Larri Brach Agenda - Returning to Minimum Wage Studios in January, the Larri Branch Agenda laid down 6 new tunes for their next release, due out this fall!  You can check out the band at Commercial Taphouse on 3/25, 4/22 & 6/3.

      Fado Nosso - After beginning recording on their album in December, duo Fado Nosso  (Bernadette Stephens -vocals, Leah Kruszewski -gtr)  will be heading back into the studio in April to wrap things up.  In addition to playing upright on a few arrangements penned out by the duet, Brian has been working on the production side of things while the group records their debut album.