American Folk Rocker

Chris maintains a busy performance schedule including Solo, Duo with Rae Shirer, Combo and Full Band gigs in addition to hosting the popular and long running Beach Hut Deli Open Mic on Mondays 6:30-9:30pm in Huntington Beach…now on the outdoor patio.  Chris Cruz “Second Saturdays” is a local Songwriter and Band showcase 7-10pm also at Beach Hut Deli HB(currently on hold)

Coming October 9, 2020 CHRIS CRUZ Rosary Beats EP recorded by Bobbo Byrnes at Wandering Star in Anaheim includes 5 Original songs opening with “I Like the Red I Like the Blue” and finishing with Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land”. The recording features performances by Quinton Banjo Fults, Jeremy Long, Tom Bremer and Alice Wallace anchored by Matt Froehlich on the Cajon Kit.  Of the first single I LIKE THE RED I LIKE THE BLUE, OC Weekly’s Nate Jackson wrote  “In an era where America’s greatest pastime has shifted to launching flame wars on Facebook, it’s nice to hear a song that takes a stance that can bring people together.” 

Released August 28, 2020 CHRIS CRUZ & RAE SHIRER-Sentimental Dreams EP
features 3 Originals LIE, SENTIMENTAL DREAM COME TRUE & NOT YOUR KIND OF MAN(Johnny & June Style Duet) and 3 Classic Covers TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS(John Denver), CATHY’S CLOWN(Everly Brothers), PEACEFUL EASY FEELING(Eagles).  Rock ‘n’ Roll Truth’s Robert Kinsler says SENTIMENTAL DREAMS “is an uplifting and joyful listen that taps into the warmest of Americana and folk traditions…especially ambitious is their own LIE with bold harmonies that help propel the epic track on its enticing run”

2017’s Persuasion full length I Want You features 3 originals SENTIMEMENTAL DREAM, IT WON’T BE LONG and THE LAST GOODBYE  and notable covers including the Title track Bob Dylan’s I WANT YOU, Mamas & the Poppas CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’, Carole King’s WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW?, Everly Brothers CATHY’S CLOWN, Arlo Guthrie’s COMING INTO LOS ANGELES, Mike Ness(Social Distortion) CHEATING AT SOLITAIRE and Alejandro Escovedo’s LAST TO KNOW




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