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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 8/17 – Will Kruger / Crimson Calamity + Paul Bellantoni
August 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Song-sirens Lauren Harding and Mallory Trunnell were veterans of intricate song-crafting and the bright lights of the stage on their own, but together, they discovered a shared talent for firecracker lyrics and glistening harmonies that became irresistible. The ladies penned a tune while participating in a songwriting challenge that sparked the notion to forge a Badass, Harmony-Laced, Folk/Rock driven, Americana Lady Duo. Thus: Crimson Calamity was born.
With inspiration from artists like Brandi Carlile, The Civil Wars and Fleetwood Mac, Crimson Calamity infuse their influences into all of the music they are devoted to creating. Their sound embodies both sultry rock and traditional country aspects.
The fiery twosome released their EP ‘WildCard’ on 2/11/22. This feel good, nostalgic EP showcases the evolution of the pair’s artistry that is seasoned and re-energized, while still offering their signature sound.
Kruger shares a style that recalls many of his earliest folk music influences, among them, Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver and James Taylor in particular.
He’s toured nationally, sharing his “Folk Legend’s Tribute Show” at house concerts, libraries, conservation events, coffee houses, corporate functions and larger auditoriums in addition to appearances at a number of Nashville venues.
Four of his songs were featured in the films, “God Where Are You” and “Grace Of The Father.” In addition, he played the part of Noel Paul Stookey in the nationally touring Las Vegas tribute group, “Peter Paul & Mary Alive,” for several years.
Kruger, who performs regularly in East Tennessee at The Smoky Mountain Brewery, The Listening Room Cafe, Calhoun’s, and The Abbey, said he’s been playing music over 50 years. “Music can convey emotion on so many levels,” he said. “Music does that for me. The songs that I write touch on love, relationships, and faith. If I can communicate those things with my audience and touch their hearts, then all the work that I do is well worth it. I have a saying: ‘Have I ever told you how much I love music?”‘