Tom Gruning - Midnight Lullabye

Midnight Lullabye was a change of pace for the Inner City label, a recording by a top-notch folk singer who could also play jazz. Tom Gruning first began performing in 1968. He has since sung in many types of groups including rock, blues, jazz, country, swing and folk music. Gruning, who developed into a fine guitarist in the 1970s, is a songwriter whose lyrics about universal situations are insightful. In the 1980s he was also heard on electric bass, became skilled at building instruments, and worked for a few years as a private investigator for insurance companies. In more recent times he has taught music, authored a book on folk music, and remained active as a performer.

1981’s Midnight Lullabye was Tom Gruning’s recording debut. His wise lyrics, expressive voice and guitar playing all work together very well. Joined by a fine rhythm section and several guests, Gruning performs music that straddles the boundaries between modern folk music, singer/songwriter originals, country and jazz.

SKU: IC1119

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This rare release from 1980 features ten original songs by Tom Gruning. With a cast of outstanding players, including Dick Weissman on banjo and mandolin, this is one album you won't want to miss!

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Additional Info

Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Tom Gruning
Instruments Music and Musicians
Composer No
Accompanist/ Conductor Dick Weissman on banjo and mandolin
SKU IC1119


Customer Reviews (1)

Midnight LullabyeReview by Simon Sez
And now for something completely different from Inner City. Tom Gruning is a folk singer rather than a jazz or blues singer, and one who sings his own songs. While there is some jazz on Midnight Lullabye, most of the music is modern folk music and even country.

But don’t let that scare you away. This 1981 album has Gruning putting a lot of feeling into his lyrics, playing some fine guitar and being joined by a fine rhythm section with some guest horn players. He is a good-natured singer and one who is easy to like, even by jazz listeners.

Simon Sez: On Midnight Lullabye (IC1119), Tom Gruning sings high-quality folk music and a bit of jazz with humor and sensitivity. (Posted on 5/6/2014)

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