Chris Cruz in the RELATIVES

Honorary RELATIVE since 2004 Having secured a Solo record deal with Delirium Records following my departure from Doom Kounty Electric Chair, I hadn’t played a real solo live show in close to 10 years.  I had done couple short last minute “fill in” sets, the first opening for Pooch’s band the Condors at Club Mesa(now […]

DEAD OR ALIVE Songcraft Mako 17

DEAD OR ALIVE Digital Single Release Sept. 9, 2019, Persuasion Records 2017 Rosary Beats EP, Persuasion Records 2008 On My Mind, Delirium Records GONE FISHING It’s impossible to overstate the impact of the 9/11 attack on the psyche of America and the future of our world.  Why did these people dedicate their lives to plot […]

F KARAOKE & OPEN MIC IS FOR LOSERS

How a steady gig changed my attitude towards these entertainment staples. December 31, 2020 marked the first year since 2012 that I wasn’t hosting New Years Eve Karaoke at Doheny’s Tavern Grill & Sports Bar (formerly The Tartan Room) in Garden Grove. There I was looking for work after nearly 25 years in Music Distribution.  […]

Song Craft by Chris Cruz ILR ILB

I LIKE THE RED I LIKE THE BLUE Digital Single Release Oct. 23, 2020 Since this is one of my most popular songs, I thought I would take you through my songwriting process for this tune. The inspiration for the song came from a couple different places.  I had just paid the cable bill again.  […]

The Ubaldini Effect

Celebrating Michael Ubaldini’s NEW re-Release of Acoustic Rumble originally released in 1999. While I’d been a closet Folkie since picking up the guitar in my late teens, my label Persuasion Records was working with a Dark Rock Band, Doom Kounty Electric Chair.  Michael’s band Mystery Train(Rockabilly/Rock) and DKEC shared drummer Rob Klonel and guitarist Steve […]