Joel Crouse to play Big E Sept. 13

Date: 9/12/2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD – One of country music’s freshest faces, Joel Crouse is on the road and bringing his energetic live performance to the Eastern States Exposition on Sept. 14.

Crouse will perform new music off of his debut studio album, “Even the River Runs,” which was released Aug. 19. For tickets and more information, visit http://thebige.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=660620.

“Even the River Runs” highlights Crouse’s undeniable talent and craft for songwriting and made its debut in the Top 10 on the iTunes Top Albums Chart. The new project tells the story of Crouse’s personal journey – his joy, his struggles, and his romances, for better or for worse.

“My songs will always be about honest experience,” Crouse, who co-wrote each one of the ten tracks on the album, said. “I always want to be the one telling my story.”

Crouse collaborated with some the most sought after tunesmiths in Nashville, Tenn., to bring his story to life, including Craig Wiseman, James Dean Hicks, Luke Laird and many others.

The album spans the gamut of Crouse’s musical lexicon, from thumping, honky-tonk barn-burners like “Don’t Tell Me,” to the Top 35 breakout bluesy-twang romper, “If You Want Some” or Crouse’s personal favorite, “Ruby Puts Her Red Dress On.” Others, like the mid-tempo groove of “You Could Break a Heart Like That” showcase his own vulnerable side – and his vocal range, which can go from sultry lows to a stunning falsetto in one fell swoop.

Fan-favorite “Why God Makes Love Songs” is the perfect grooving, clapping ode to summertime love, and on moments like the title track, “Even The River Runs,” all of his sides – vintage rock, modern country and dusty blues – come together in one perfect, rollicking ride that puts his guitar chops on full display.

The Holland native and 22-year-old phenom has come a long way from playing Nashville’s Lower Broadway – the street corners, to be exact, to making his debut on the Grand Ole Opry Stage. He has opened for some of country music’s biggest stars, including 16 dates on Taylor Swift’s RED Tour, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans, and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Watch for more to come from the talented newcomer, who will be joining Love & Theft on the Night That You’ll Never Forget Tour, which kicks off in October.

For more information, visit www.joelcrouse.com.