Sarah Krueger performs live in The Current studio

Sarah Krueger performs "Better When You Are Around" live in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
Sarah Krueger In-studio
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  • Sarah Krueger - Glory (Live on 89.3 The Current) 02:37
  • Sarah Krueger - Nothing Hits Me (Live on 89.3 The Current) 04:33
  • Sarah Krueger - Better When You Are Around (Live on 89.3 The Current) 04:47

Anticipating the release of Lustrous, Duluth resident Sarah Krueger and her all-star band—pianist Jordan Taylor, drummer JT Bates (Alpha Consumer, Pines), bass guitarist Steve Garrington (Low), guitarist Nate Case (4onthefloor) and guitarist Erik Koskinen—stopped by The Current studio to chat with the Local Show's host David Campbell and to perform tracks off the new record.

Recorded at Erik Koskinen's Real Phonic Studio in Minneapolis (except for "Nothing Hits Me"—that was recorded last winter in her hometown of Eau Claire, WI), Sarah Krueger's Lustrous is an impressive sophomore release. Guests on the record include Koskinen, who also produced the record, Actual Wolf's Eric Pollard and Frankie Lee.

Earlier this month Sarah performed on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor who "is quiet but has a looming presence," says Sarah. She admits to being nervous before the show, but being in the spotlight isn't unfamiliar to Krueger. She auditioned for American Idol in 2007 during its sixth season (the year Jordin Sparks won) with an outstanding performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Sarah Krueger celebrates the release of her sophomore record Lustrous on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Icehouse with opening act BBGUN. She'll bring it back home with a show at the Red Herring in Duluth with Chaperone lablemates Southwire on Friday, Dec. 19.

Songs Performed

"Nothing Hits Me"
"Better When You Are Around"

All songs are off Sarah Krueger's latest album, Lustrous, out today via Chaperone Records.

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  • JT Bates
    Drummer JT Bates in The Current studio with Sarah Krueger. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sarah Krueger
    Sarah Krueger performing live in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sarah Krueger
    Sarah Krueger performing live in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Nate Case, Steve Garrington
    Guitarist Nate Case and bass guitarist Steve Garrington performing live with Sarah Krueger in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Erik Koskinen, Nate Case
    Guitarists Erik Koskinen and Nate Case performing with Sarah Krueger live in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • JT Bates
    Drummer JT Bates performing with Sarah Krueger live in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Jordan Taylor
    Pianist Jordan Taylor performing with Sarah Krueger live in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)