Jeff Cramer Album Release, Anthony Ruptak

Denver, Colorado songwriter, Jeff Cramer, is releasing his debut solo record, entitled "Northern 45", in January 2019. The first three of four singles, “Forgive” , “Legend of Bo Tim”, and “Big Man’s World” debuted September 26, on PopMatters, October 18, on Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, and November 16, on The Bluegrass Situation.

Jeff's "Northern 45" features 11 original tracks written at various outposts from along the northern 45th parallel, a cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Colorado Girl", and Grammy award-winning talent throughout.

Recorded at the Bombshelter recording studio in Nashville, TN, often described as an "analog paradise" and home to award-winning records from the Alabama Shakes, Margo Price, and more, Jon Estes, bassist for John Paul White, Abigail Washburn, among many others, produced the record to analog tape and played bass and keys. Guitars include Sadler Vaden of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Jeremy Fetzer of Steelism, and Spencer Cullum Jr. from Miranda Lambert's band. Dave Racine of Jim Lauderdale's band plays drums; Molly Parden sings backing vocals.

Anthony Ruptak

Anthony Ruptak is a Denver-based musician who composes, writes and performs his original work with a simple mission: to connect us all to the human condition. Through his lyrics, community cultivation, and activism Anthony advocates for positive, inclusive progress in our society. Anthony Ruptak aims to be a voice for the lost and disaffected, a midnight friend for those with nowhere else to go, a sounding board when you need a place to put your voice, and a safety net for the misshapen, the abandoned, and the eccentric because everyone’s a freak and he is so okay with that.

New Mexican

New Mexican is the solo project of American folk rock musician Matt Hoffman.

Born in Las Cruces, NM and raised in Fort Collins, CO, Hoffman grew up singing and playing piano, drums and guitar. His father is the son of a New Mexican small businessman who was the owner of Hoffman's Melody Shop in Alamogordo, NM during the late 1940s through the late 1960s. Hoffman's mother was born in hanover, Germany, the daughter of a rocket scientist. in the 1950s her family emigrated to U.S., landing at Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico. Hoffman feels strongly connected with these roots: his earliest musical instruction came from his Oma, a talented musician and painter, whose artwork of myriad New Mexican landscapes is featured on Hoffman also plays his father's 1973 Guild Dreadnought as his main acoustic.

In high school Hoffman's focus was drums, and much of his initial experience in bands took place behind a drum kit. However, he always took a keen interest in the language of music, studying intently both formally and in his own songwriting and composition.

In 2009 Hoffman collaborated with Trent Nelson, and the two of them formed the band Strange Americans. Their debut album, A Royal Battle released in 2012 and was received with "almost unanimous enthusiasm" in the Denver community, (ListenUpDenver). The record placed on many lists including Marquee Magazine's 10 Best Local Releases of 2012 and landed Strange Americans alongside Denver bands to watch including the Lumineers.

Since A Royal Battle Hoffman has released Lateral Moves (EP, solo, 2013), Mammoth Cave Live (EP, solo, 2014), and most recently released That Kind of Luster (Strange Americans, 2014).

Strange Americans have shared the stage with such acts as Chris Stapleton, Water Liars, Cory Branan, Dead Confederate and The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo).


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