Hammered dulcimer, banjo, accordion, mandolin and harmonica are some of the instruments you will hear when listening to the music of Pete Kruse. Bands such as "the Civil Wars", "Jars of Clay", "Iron and Wine" and "Nickel Creek" might come to mind when listening to Pete's folk/bluegrass sound. Many guest musicians have lent their talent to Pete's songs, including award winning composer Michael Aukofer ("Shoreline - Hammered Dulcimer Meditation"), popular Chicago singer Atoi Glennette ("Sundown") and Amrita frontman Aaron Graunke ("This I Know - With Cello").
Pete Kruse has been blessed with a rich musical experience in Chicago based bands "Rufus Tree" and "A Gain of Ten". During Pete's time in Rufus Tree, he had the honor of performing oversees for U.S. troops, opening for many artists including Grammy-nominated Blind Melon and having Grammy nominated guitarist Phil Keaggy perform on two songs from the band's 2nd album. Dove Award winner Mitch McVicker also lent his talent on two tracks from that abum. In 2009 "Rufus Tree" went on hiatus, and two of us from the band joined "A Gain of Ten".
In January of 2011, A Gain of Ten had the privilege of headlining a show at the legendary Metro venue in Chicago. Around that time, they were asked to record a song for a CD honoring the late Deep-Purple guitarist, Tommy Bolin. This CD was later reviewed positively by many publications including Yahoo Music, CCM Magazine and Classic Rock Review. "A Gain of Ten" is the fifth band to sign with United Republic Records, home of Grammy-nominated CCM artist Jeff Anderson.
Thanks for checking out the music of Pete Kruse!