Saturday, 7 September 2013

Jens Kruger to receive 2013 Steve Martin prize

Thanks to Bluegrass Today for the news that Jens Kruger (left) of the Kruger Brothers (CH/USA) will receive the 2013 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. The award includes a $50,000 honorarium and opportunities to perform both on stage and on television with Steve.

Jens Kruger is the fourth recipient of the award, and the first to have been born outside the USA. He is reported as saying:

Not being an American, and coming to this country as an immigrant, to be accepted so warmly is amazing, and quite humbling. It is really touching.

Read the full Bluegrass Today report, which includes two videos of Kruger's outstanding playing. As noted on the EBB on 31 July 2013, the Kruger Brothers, together with a wealth of British bluegrass talent, will be performing at the Eagle Music Shop in Huddersfield, northern England, on 26 October.