The Crux was founded by Santa Rosa based songwriter and performer Josh Windmiller in early 2007. Their rowdy and danceable songs are theatrical in nature, often springing from interesting team-ups with other artists. Their most recent album, The Ratcatcher, consists of songs from a play that Windmiller co-wrote with North Bay theatre troupe The Imaginists.
The music of The Crux has been called "Doc Watson by way of Joe Strummer" as well as "pirate cabaret." They combine the texture of Tom Waits with the rhythm and lyricism of the Devil Makes Three and the wild abandon of Gogol Bordello. Visit their web site @ http://thecruxmusic.com
Massimo Marino worked for many years at CERN, an international lab for particle physics research near Geneva, Switzerland and then in the US at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. In 2005 he moved to the private sector, worked with Apple Inc. and then for the World Economic Forum.
As a child, he wrote short stories and novellas but never had anyone re