Singer/songwriter James Krueger headed back to Pine Hill

Pine Hill — Singer/songwriter James Krueger returns to the Pine Hill Community Center on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. in a solo concert. Krueger, the former director of the center was beloved for the musical evenings he created during his 10 years there. Admission is $5.

Said to “probe beneath the surface of seemingly simple topics” (Rambles Magazine), Krueger has been called an “extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery” (Great American Song Contest Judges). With a consummate musicianship and a sharp sense for poetry, James’ songs paint kaleidoscopic portraits of human longing and redemption within landscapes of remarkable beauty.

Born in 1970 to two teachers, James began writing and performing his own music at the age of 15. After dropping out of high school at age 17, he went on to earn a BA in the humanities.  James is committed to rural life in the Central Catskill Mountains, birthplace of the Hudson River School of Art which sanctified the Catskills as “America’s first wilderness.” \

He has performed  for the Roxbury Arts Group, the Sierra Club, The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s Environmental Center, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, The New York Maple Growers’ Association, The Thendara Mountain Club, The Hunter Mountain Foundation’s Mountain Culture Festival, and more. James tours the eastern U.S. appearing in performing arts centers, clubs, coffeehouses, nature centers, museums, libraries and private homes, and is a two-time honor award winner in the Great American Song Contest.

James’ repertoire consists of five solo albums, including his latest CD “The Unspoken Hope of Love.” His music is inspired by traditional folk while remaining contemporary and original. Listeners hear pop, Americana, and even classical influences in his recordings and performance. James has often been compared to James Taylor, John Denver, Townes Van Zandt and Garnet Rogers.