The British Columbia group known as the Cruzeros were formed by lead singer Barry Mathers and musician Curtis Tulman, who had both worked together for years before this endeavor. Other members of the Cruzeros include guitarist Reg Greenwood and bassist Jim Ryan. In 1996, the guys released a debut single and album. The country-rock group quickly gained the attention of fans and critics in Canada, and later, the United States. Soon, nominations were coming in from the Canadian Country Music Association, the British Columbia Country Music Association, and even the Juno Awards, for categories such as Best Group, Country Group of the Year, and Best Roots Group.
The Cruzeros' self-titled debut album was thought to be the first big accomplishment of even bigger successes to come, but even with all of the positive notice their work gained, it still took five long years for a sophomore offering to appear. The second album's Spanish title, El Nino, means little boy when translated into English. A fitting name for the recording, since it was dedicated to Lukas Tulman, the son of bandmember Curtis Tulman. Young Lukas died while the album was being completed. Some of the 12 tracks from El Nino are "Roses and a Cross," "Close as It Gets to Goodbye," "Tangled Up in You," "This Old Road," and "Going There With Grace." The tunes smoothly combine country and bluegrass with Texas swing and rock rhythm.
Over their existence, the Cruzeros have toured with or opened for many major country acts, including the popular groups Asleep at the Wheel and Blackhawk. ~ Charlotte Dillon