Kruser’s Local Catch

Kruser’s Local Catch

Kruser’s Local Catch

He’s a “boy chasing a dream” (as you’ll see noted below), but this boy appears to accomplish more in a day than most adults. There’s school, homework, sports and his dream…singing, songwriting and performing. He does it all. Meet Gavin Marengi from Salisbury, my Local Catch of the Week.

At just 16 years old Gavin has grown-up talent. He sounds so polished for an artist who started performing only a couple years ago, in middle school. I don’t know about you, but knowing that makes me wish I had kept up guitar lessons. Seriously, this dude is impressive.

On his new release, Gavin Marengi shows the rebellious spirit of an Eric Church and a rock romanticism of his hero Stapleton. In addition, this North Shore singer/songwriter has clearly been influenced by Zach Bryan and the current crop of Americana kings. Here, you can listen to Marengi’s latest single, “Back to Boston.” With it’s glaring guitar riffs, this rocker marvels with magnetism. You will be pulled in from the start.

A Star on the Rise

Imagine being that young and that talented, with the whole world ahead of you. There is an ocean of possibilities ahead for Salisbury’s star teenager, Gavin Marengi. When he’s not saving games, in goal, for his high school hockey team, he’s writing lyrics and music for his next release. Or he may be booking his next gigs, working on merch to sell at his shows, all that while the rest of us slackers binge watch Netflix.

Get to know Gavin, hear his music and find out how to follow him on social media, here. This is how you can support our New England singer/songwriters. It takes a lot of time and hard work to pursue a dream. And it also takes a village of support to help make dreams happen. I can’t wait to catch up with this local star in a couple of years and see how bright his star is shining. It’s only just begun for Gavin Marengi.


  • The Music

    Gavin says: “‘Back to Boston’ is a song that my band and I open every show with. It gets things kicking’. People from Boston usually connect with the lyrics.”

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  • The Story

    • From: Salisbury, MA
    • Current single: “Back to Boston”
    • What lead you to music: My dad lived in Austin, Texas and always was playing the guitar and singing. So music was a huge part of my childhood. I was always around music.
    • How long have you been performing: I started performing in restaurants when I was in 8th grade. But now I have a full band and we’ve been playing venues all over the place.
    • First country song you learned: Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
    • How would you describe your sound: Southern folk with a little edge/ Outlaw country. People don’t ever categorize us into the modern country genre.
    • Who inspires you: Chris Stapleton, Zach Bryan, Jason Isbell, Caamp
    • If you are a band, how did you get your name: My band is Gavin Marengi and Colchester 4. Colchester is the old name of my hometown, Salisbury.
    • Dream duet partner: Chris Stapleton or Zach Bryan.
    • All- time favorite country song: Folsom Prison Blues, On The Road Again
    • First country concert: Chris Stapleton
    • If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing: Probably trying to be better at school.
    • Most proud moment: Either playing my first show in Nashville at The Basement. Or selling out The Blue Ocean Music Hall as the headlining act to over 650 people.
    • Crazy thing that happened in your music career: I got an article about my first album in the Boston Globe. I got called for an interview while I was in school. I had to take the phone call on the school steps.
    • Other things you like to do: I play hockey goalie for Triton Regional high school varsity team. I also play baseball.
    • Fun facts about you: I’m 16, still in high school.
    • Mantra: Just a boy chasing a dream.
  • The Dates

    • February: Follow Gavin’s website for tour dates, merchandise and an album release date, all coming in the month.
    • New single “Northwinds”- the title track from the new album also coming soon!


  • The Social Network

    Keep up with Gavin’s goings-on through his social media pages. New music, shows, merch and much more can be found here. So, follow, like and share!

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    Every week, Kruser’s Local Catch highlights New England’s homegrown country music talent, and tells you where to catch them locally and in Nashville. Click here to view previous catches.

    *Singer/Songwriters With Original Music: Please Submit For Consideration On The Local Catch By Emailing: [email protected]

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