About

A lifelong passion about music

... and writing songs

I’ve always found joy in writing lyrics and music. For me, the lyrics usually come first. I guess it’s because, first of all, there is something I want to say. Something I reflect upon and want to share. Or a story I want to tell, based on meetings with all kinds of people, own experiences or just pure fiction. Often, it’s a mixture of everything.

Although, I’ve played the guitar since my teens, I am by no means a virtuoso. But my picking is quite proficient and my strumming steady. I truly enjoy sitting down with a guitar and craft songs, or just play my favorite music.  

Until recently, most of my lyrics never got any further than to my drawer. I’ve always been too busy working, I guess.

A song-writing workshop in Nashville, led by Mary Gauthier, four years ago, changed things. It encouraged me, not only to keep on writing, but also to record my songs. They are now available on all major platforms and will be continuously featured here. 

On 22 October, 2021, my first release in German, titled "Unter den Linden", was released. It is a song I originally wrote in Swedish, now translated  and re-edited into German. Both versions are featured below. 

On 3 June, 2022,  "Du som visste allt", was released. It is a low-key satire in Swedish about the far-left political movement in Sweden in the seventies. Back then, a vibrant movement, predominantly led by students and intellectuals, who later often have become hard-core capitalists.      

On 1 July, my second track this year is released on all digital platforms. It is a love song in Swedish, dedicated to my dear wife, Cecilia. The title is "Därför", which means "that´s why" or  "because" in English.
And in August, my third release of the year, an up-tempo country-rock piece in Swedish, titled "En dag på kontoret", which means "A day at the office" was released. 

And finally, in November, a rather sad song about losing purpose in life, will be released.    
Thanks for tuning in!


 

Music

When you're not there

Claus Grue

A sad song about love, betrayal, loneliness and regret - in that order. Written by singer-songwriter Claus Grue and performed along with some of Sweden's very best musicians in the Americana-Country-Bluegrass genre, where dobro, banjo, fiddle, accordion and mandolin are key instruments.
Words & music: Claus Grue Musicians: Claus Grue, artist

A sad song about love, betrayal, loneliness and regret - in that order. Written by singer-songwriter Claus Grue and performed along with some of Sweden's very best musicians in the Americana-Country-Bluegrass genre, where dobro, banjo, fiddle, accordion and mandolin are key instruments.
Words & music: Claus Grue Musicians: Claus Grue, artist and lead vocals. Joakim Barfalk, guitars, dobro, mandolin, bass, back-up vocals. Magnus Edring, banjo. Johan Malmberg, fiddle. Johan Ohlsson, accordion Produced, mixed and mastered by Joakim Barfalk, Chromophone Studdios, Sweden. Recorded at Chromophone Studios, Sweden.
Cover photo: Claus Grue. Available on all digital platforms.

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Unter den Linden

Claus Grue

A tribute in Swedish to Berlin, Germany, inspired by a stroll down the beautiful Unter den Linden-boulevard. A love-song about sweet memories, regrets and hope, written and performed by singer-songwriter Claus Grue, backed up by some of Sweden's very best musicians in a tasteful blend of Americana, country and bluegrass. A genre where dobro,

A tribute in Swedish to Berlin, Germany, inspired by a stroll down the beautiful Unter den Linden-boulevard. A love-song about sweet memories, regrets and hope, written and performed by singer-songwriter Claus Grue, backed up by some of Sweden's very best musicians in a tasteful blend of Americana, country and bluegrass. A genre where dobro, banjo, fiddle, accordion and mandolin are key instruments.
Words & music: Claus Grue Musicians: Claus Grue, artist and lead vocals. Joakim Barfalk, guitars, dobro, mandolin, bass and percussion. Mia Barfalk, duett vocals. Magnus Edring, banjo. Johan Malmberg, fiddle. Johan Ohlsson, accordion. Produced, mixed and mastered by Joakim Barfalk, Chromophone Studions, Sweden. Recorded at Chromphone Studios, Sweden.
Cover Photo: Hasse Dahlgren. Available on all digital platforms.

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More music

Unter den Linden

Claus Grue

A tribute to Berlin, Germany, inspired by a stroll down the beautiful Unter den Linden-boulevard. A love-song about sweet memories, regrets and hope, written and performed by singer-songwriter Claus Grue, backed up by some of Sweden's very best musicians in a delicate blend of Americana, country and bluegrass. A genre where dobro, banjo, fiddle,

A tribute to Berlin, Germany, inspired by a stroll down the beautiful Unter den Linden-boulevard. A love-song about sweet memories, regrets and hope, written and performed by singer-songwriter Claus Grue, backed up by some of Sweden's very best musicians in a delicate blend of Americana, country and bluegrass. A genre where dobro, banjo, fiddle, accordion and mandolin are key instruments.
Musicians: Claus Grue, artist and lead vocals. Joakim Barfalk, guitars, dobro, mandolin, bass and percussion. Mia Barfalk, duett vocals. Magnus Edring, banjo. Johan Malmberg, fiddle. Johan Ohlsson, Accordion. Produced, mixed, mastered and recorded by Joakim Barfalk, Chromophone Studios, Sweden
German translation and editing: Jonathan del Pozo Rieger.
Cover photo: Albin Hillert.
Available on all digital platforms.

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Du som visste allt

Claus Grue

En senkommen uppgörelse med rödvinsvänstern i progg-countryformat. Words & music: Claus Grue. Musicians: Claus Grue, artist and lead vocals. Joakim Barfalk, Guitars, dobro, mandolin, bass, organ, Rhodes piano, percussion and harmony vocals. Mia Barfalk, harmony vocals. Produced, mixed, mastered by Joakim Barfalk, Chromophone Studios, Sweden.

En senkommen uppgörelse med rödvinsvänstern i progg-countryformat. Words & music: Claus Grue. Musicians: Claus Grue, artist and lead vocals. Joakim Barfalk, Guitars, dobro, mandolin, bass, organ, Rhodes piano, percussion and harmony vocals. Mia Barfalk, harmony vocals. Produced, mixed, mastered by Joakim Barfalk, Chromophone Studios, Sweden. Recorded at Chromophone Studios.
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Latest releases

Därför

Claus Grue

En liten visa om det största av allt. A love song in Swedish, dedicated to my dear wife, Cecilia. The title "Därför", means "thats why" or "because" in English.
Words & music: Claus Grue. Musicians: Claus Grue, artist and lead vocals. Joakim Barfalk, guitars, dobro, mandolin, bass, organ, Wurlitzer piano, accordion, drum programming and

En liten visa om det största av allt. A love song in Swedish, dedicated to my dear wife, Cecilia. The title "Därför", means "that´s why" or "because" in English.
Words & music: Claus Grue. Musicians: Claus Grue, artist and lead vocals. Joakim Barfalk, guitars, dobro, mandolin, bass, organ, Wurlitzer piano, accordion, drum programming and harmony vocals. Mia Barfalk, harmony vocals. Produced, mixed, mastered by Joakim Barfalk, Chromophone Studios, Sweden. Recorded at Chromophone Studios, Sweden.
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En dag på kontoret

Claus Grue

Rockig country med fett komp tillägnad alla er som arbetar på kontor. I den miljön kan ju vad som helst hända... A romantic story in the rock-country genre about a day at the office, when all of sudden she stood there right in front of me.
Words & music: Claus Grue. Musicians: Claus Grue, artist and lead vocals. Joakim Barfalk, guitars, bass,

Rockig country med fett komp tillägnad alla er som arbetar på kontor. I den miljön kan ju vad som helst hända... A romantic story in the rock-country genre about a day at the office, when all of sudden she stood there right in front of me.
Words & music: Claus Grue. Musicians: Claus Grue, artist and lead vocals. Joakim Barfalk, guitars, bass, organ, Wurlitzer piano, drums and harmony vocals. Mia Barfalk, harmony vocals. Produced, mixed, mastered by Joakim Barfalk, Chromophone Studios, Sweden. Recorded at Chromophone Studios, Sweden.
Available on all digital platforms.

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Inspiration

or me, Elvis Presley started the whole thing, and then came The Beatles and other British bands from the sixties. During that same decade Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Tom Paxton, Donovan, Arlo Guthrie and other singer-songwriters rooted in folk-music made a lasting impression. Later on, brilliant storytellers, such as Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Iris Dement, Mary Gauthier, John Prine, Guy Clark, Verlon Thompson, Lucinda Williams, Townes van Zandt, Rodney Crowell and others have been added to the list. Not to mention Hank Williams, who inspired generations of country musicians. There are so many talented artists and songwriters out there and so much more great music to discover and enjoy. 

Two years ago, I cut my first studio recordings as a solo artist. Bluegrassy country songs, one in English and the other in Swedish. A year later, I added a German version of the Swedish original "Unter den Linden". This summer, another three studio recordings have been launched and I am now approaching 30 000 streams on Spotify and over 1000 plays on Youtube. All together, my recordings have been included in more than 90 playlists and streamed in more than 90 countries around the globe. An overwhelming response, at least by my rather modest standards. A big thanks to playlist curators for featuring my songs and to all Americana-music lovers all over the world for listening!  



                

Song List

1. When you're not there - performed for the first time in Nashville 2017. Recorded and released in September, 2020.

2. "Unter den Linden" - original Swedish version. Performed for the first time in Nashville 2017. Recorded and released in September, 2020. 

3. "Unter den Linden" - German version, released 22 October, 2021.   

4. "Du som visste allt" - released 3 June, 2022.

5. "Därför" - released 1 July, 2022.  

6. "En dag på kontoret" - released 19 August, 2022.
   

Upcoming single releases (in Swedish): 

"Vad är det som händer i livet" - country-jazzigt gung om åldersnoja och andra trauman.
Släpps i November, 2022. 

"När natten går mot gryning" - melodiöst och längtansfullt om förälskelse. Släpps 2023.

"Grevinnan von Gyllensprätt" - en satirisk kuplett om bourgeoisien. Släpps 2023.