GW Premiere: Kris Gruen's "Water Into Wine"

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Monday, July 19, 2021

Alt-folk musician Kris Gruen is readying the release of his new album Welcome Farewell, via Mother West on September 24th.

Kris’s fifth record, finds him spinning autobiographical stories of family, community, and the great outdoors. The album is a memoir of sorts, filled with names, places, and other details. In addition to being a troubadour, Chris has a brussel sprouts farm in Northern Vermont. On this effort, Gruen worked with longtime producer and collaborator Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields, The Bones of J.R. Jones and Kate Vargas.)

photo credit: Jeff Forney

Grateful Web is pleased to premiere the first offering, “Water Into Wine.” About his new single, Kris tells Grateful Web, “Water Into Wine” is a survivor’s story. It will either ring with reticence, or resolve, depending on where the listener is in their own healing. It’s a tough-love story, with a formative step-father, whose powerful influence has shaped me in many ways. “Water Into Wine: suggests that healing from a difficult relationship starts by tending wounds that inform our true character, important lessons of the heart and our core potential. In this song, I don’t leave out the hardship, but sort through my detritus for the parts of myself that are central to who I am, and who I can become. I did some work, and in this song have reassembled under a new narrative. A couple of decades of practicing my own hand at partnership and parenting has reintroduced me to myself, revealing my tendencies when tested, my habits when it was time to choose to be tender with those I love, or frightened and bullish. This song is about my small heroisms in growing in this way, and finding a greater humility, patience, love and ability to be an ally as a member of a family and a community. We are all on this journey in some way or another, and this song is a celebration of that, wherever we are on that path.”

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