Originally hailing from Tottenham, Ontario, Carl Lorusso has been performing regularly in and around Toronto for the past 10 years, including a 4-year residency at Graffiti?s in Kensington Market. His third album, 2017?s ?100 Broken Words?, was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award in the category of ?Best Folk/Blues?.
Working with 2-time NOW Magazine ?Producer of the Year? Harrison Fine, Lorusso?s 2018 album ?Murder Tools? presented a fresh chapter in his decade-long songwriting career, with artistic nods to Tom Waits & John Prine, as well as contemporary artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff & Ben Caplin.
Lorusso?s music has received extensive airplay on college/university radio, charting on numerous Canadian stations including CFUR 88.7 (Prince George, BC), Caper Radio (Sydney, NS), CKXU 88.3 (Lethbridge, AB) & CJSR 88.5 (Edmonton, AB).
?Shades of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen rolled into his own unique style. Very well written & sung.? ? Randy Skaggs, Q108 Kingston
?There?s a definite hint of Leonard Cohen about Lorusso?s songwriting and indeed about the sound of his voice. The depth and the emotion, the delicacy and the grit, all work smoothly together to give the story-lines a certain weight and authority that leaves you hanging on every moment.
Carl Lorusso Jr. has that special something that music fans have missed lately ? this organic, soulful, natural ability to embrace and entrance the listener. Feeling all at once familiar and fresh, the songs brighten your view of modern music and remind you of the wonder that still well and truly exists.?
-Rebecca Cullen, Stereo Stickman
??Murder Tools? is a collection of songs that will delight all music lovers. In each song, Lorusso explores a facet of life, a life challenge that can only be conveyed through expertly woven poetry. Combined with toe thumping guitar playing, and the occasional accompaniment, the songs on Murder Tools are irresistible.?
-Samantha Stevens, The Littlest Voice
?Carl Lorusso?s newest album is brilliant, experimental, and raw? ?Murder Tools? is an example of contemporary exploration and independent honesty.?
-Kyle Alvey, Audible Addixion
From producer Harrison Fine; ?His bourbon-soaked music transports listeners back to the heyday of folk music ? when Dylan and Simon were still being discovered. His lyrical mastermind gifts the talented songwriter an ability to paint vivid and colourful imagery for his audiences ? a picture he so poetically and humbly shares at each performance. Carl is a powerhouse wordsmith whose songs represent the dystopian view of a youthful generation.?