“Oh Bear” – Single

Inspired by a solo hiking trip in Glacier National Park, this song is about how I ignored all the warnings about hiking alone in bear country and my conflicting feelings of wanting to see a bear while simultaneously being terrified of encountering one. Not even carrying a bear bell, I started signing to alert any nearby wildlife of my presence and came up with this song.

Spices

I have a new Christmas song to share. This started as something Molly wrote and asked if I wanted to work on recording with her. We ended up deciding to do two different versions but we’re both featured on each one. We hope you like it! I have a few other Christmas songs you can enjoyContinue reading “Spices”

Wonk + Kendall

Besides performing with Royal Holland, I’ve also been playing ukulele with Wonky Tonk. Wonk was playing bass with Royal Holland and once I heard her excellent new album, Stuff We Leave Behind I insisted that she let me accompany her as well. We also decided to enter a SafeAuto Songwriter contest and ended up making it toContinue reading “Wonk + Kendall”

Trailsongs: Inspired by Our National Parks

August 25, 2015 was the 99th birthday of the National Park Service and to celebrate I launched a new project. Trailsongs: Inspired by Our National Parks is a collection of songs that I’m writing based on the 59 National Parks managed by the National Park Service. This is an ambitious long-term project that I’ve been slowly workingContinue reading “Trailsongs: Inspired by Our National Parks”

Royal Holland Shows

Last Summer I played some shows with Royal Holland and it’s happening again! I’ve taken to playing ukulele and providing backing vocals in the new lineup that includes Matt Retherford, Margaret Darling, and Wonky Tonk. Here’s a kind quote from a recent review of a show we played in St. Louis at Off Broadway, “Kendall Bruns adds justContinue reading “Royal Holland Shows”

Royal Holland EP Release Tour

I’m packing up my Moog and going on tour with Royal Holland for six midwest dates. We’ll be playing songs from Royal Holland’s debut EP, The Maze. Royal Holland is a “synth-folk” band led by my previous Koala Fires collaborator, Matt Mooney. His new EP was recorded (on actual analog tape) by Grammy award winner,Continue reading “Royal Holland EP Release Tour”

The Night I Can’t Forget

The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs will be performed in it’s entirety tonight (Valentine’s Day) at the Northside Tavern in Cincinnati, OH and I will be joining Royal Holland for 5 songs. 69 Love Songs is an epic collection of songs with titles like “Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits”, “I’m Crazy for You (But Not ThatContinue reading “The Night I Can’t Forget”

Let’s Get Serious with The Seedy Seeds 2012!

The Seedy Seeds return to Let’s Get Serious and Chicago for a show on January 22, 2012 at Reggie’s Music Joint. I interviewed The Seedy Seeds on Episode 11 almost a year ago but along with the passage of time comes change, including the introduction of a new member, drummer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Frankl. I try to unravelContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious with The Seedy Seeds 2012!”

Blue Christmas (Ft. Bald Elvis)

Christmas is only a week away which means I came awfully close to not getting this done in time. This cover of “Blue Christmas” features Alan Metoskie as Bald Elvis. “Blue Christmas” was written in 1948 by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. It’s been covered 1 million times, most famously by Elvis Presley. WhenContinue reading “Blue Christmas (Ft. Bald Elvis)”

Let’s Get Serious: Musical of the Living Dead

The fall season is upon us and with it comes annual traditions, old and new. On October 13 Musical of the Living Dead will return (from the uh, grave?) for four weeks of bloody, bloody musical theatre at the Charnel House in Chicago. I sat down with co-creators Marc Lewallen and Brad Younts to discuss theirContinue reading “Let’s Get Serious: Musical of the Living Dead”