{Old Songs}It may take a second {of} focused listening before some listeners grasp just how good this is... one is likely to be surprised at the appearance of a young musician so comfortable and so in command of a particular approach shaped decades ago.
— Jerome Clark, Ramblers. NET
Imagine him in a corner of your living room, singing “Alone,” his original that borrows a wee bit from “Dark Hollow”/”East Virginia Blues,” you and yours imbibing in whatever bitter brew available—and you make that connection: you haven’t lived the words, but you are familiar with the conviction—your life and an empty dram have way too much in common.
— Fervor Coulee- Roots Music, Canada
“Like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie before him, Cross re-purposes the structures and themes of traditional songs to create highly resonant new ones.
— Steve Hunt: fRoots Magazine-UK
Folk music at its best.
— Dani Heyvaert-
Brings a modern sensibility to songs that lie deep in our musical genes
— -Fred Smith (Country Standard Time)
You have well-crafted songs on this album and the pared back production results in a genuine live sound
— Bruce Cameron, 2MCE (Come All Ye)
Stark songs made by a songwriter who appreciates the craft, the recording process and the turn of a good phrase.
— -Michael Park (The International Americana Music Show)
Blends the old blues traditions of Mississippi Fred McDowell and Son House with the folk traditions of Dave Van Ronk and Tom Rush. Give his CD a listen. You will be rewarded
— -John Sillberg, CKOL (Small Time Radio Show)
Captures the spirit and methodology of the great tradition of troubadours, blues and old-time vocalists, songsters and folk singers. He uses musical and lyrical tropes that have been transmitted across generations to create new songs addressing contemporary issues
— -Art Menius, WCOM (The Revolution Starts Now)
Echoes the great folk performers of the past while retaining his own voice and approach to songwriting
— -Norman Wheatley, Gentlefolk2 ( a monthly programme of all kinds of folk)

A Town Called Normal (2013)

He writes narrative songs he sings beautifully and wonderfully arranges, with traditional bluegrass instruments
— Moors Magazine, Netherlands
{A Town Called Normal, is} a cut above the usual run of singer-songwriters, New Yorker Cross sets his material in traditional arrangements and to traditional-like melodies even as his lyrics express an observant modern sensibility. Good stuff, not the least of it is a happily restorative reading of the otherwise exhausted Cuckoo. Someone to watch, maybe.
— fRoots
“ It certainly make me want to seek out the back catalogue.”

Odetta said he reminded her of the mountain music that shaped her own sound, and you can certainly hear Appalachia and bluegrass roots in numbers such as the very nasally Guthriesque banjo and mandolin led Cursed, Childish Things (which references Maya Angelou’s poem I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings), the yee haw feel of My Love and a folk blues interpretation of the traditional tune Cuckoo that exits on a breakdown flurry. On the other hand, both the infectious poppy bounce of Turn Your Eyes and, once the tempo picks up, Trouble Being There fit more comfortably into the contemporary newgrass scene.
— - Mike Davies (FATEA (UK)
The twelve track album is almost completely self-penned and proves to be a solid one.
— Blue Boogie
{A Town Called Normal} ...he pulls back the curtain and reveals a lonely shell of a man, but if they made a drug that was this high, I’d never be sober. A stone cold winner.
— John Shelton Ivany (Top 21 USA)
…the songs sound like they could be Appalachian standards…except that they’re originals…lusciously intermingled layers of banjo, mandolin and acoustic guitar.
— New York Music Daily
...backed by Cross’s songwriting and powerful and unique vocal, it makes for a great listen and strengthens my belief that roots music is still alive and well in the Northeast.
— Red Line Roots (Boston, USA)

Home Away From Home (2008)

Though Cross is not a household name, he should be.
— Jeffrey Sisk (Pittsburgh Tribune, USA) excellent songwriter with a golden voice...
— Mark Raborn (Prescription Bluegrass, USA)
It seems Cross has the uncanny ability to sound like anyone he chooses, but, truly, Cross’ style is all his own.
— Teri Ann McLean (Bluegrass Mix, USA)