Jens Kruger on banjo and Uwe Kruger on guitar and vocals, along with their old friend Joel Landsberg on bass, after years of bringing music bluegrass, old-time, and folk in their native Switzerland, decided to make the big leap and, in the late '90s, they moved to Wilkesboro, North Carolina, a small rural town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, where the percentage of bluegrass and old-time musicians, however, is the highest in the world.
From there, within a few years, the Krugers became one of the most popular and interesting acts of the acoustic music scene in general, managing to merge with exceptional musical sensitivity and technique the local musical tradition with their cultural European background, shot through with the baroque and classical. Their show, funny and surprising, is like a roller-coaster ride: rhythms, atmospheres, and emotions alternate in a crescendo that culminates with final 'fireworks'!
And it is no coincidence that Jens Kruger has just received the prestigious Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music, 2013, the coveted prize that the famous American actor (a musician himself and longtime lover of bluegrass and old-time) makes available to a banjo player who stood out in the previous year. The award, in addition to a big check of $50,000.00 paid by Martin himself, also provides for the participation in some of the most popular television shows of America, including the David Letterman show, where the Kruger Brothers with Steve Martin appeared on last Friday (27 September).
Advance ticket sale: Disco Club, Via S. Vincenzo 20R, Genoa (Genova), tel. 010 542422
The Kruger Brothers with Steve Martin on the David Letterman Show, 27 Sept. 2013
The Kruger Brothers, 'Carolina in the fall'
The Kruger Brothers website