Jens Kruger Wins 2013 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo
Jens Kruger has been named as the fourth recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Kruger is known for his innovative banjo composition and performance that integrates folk music with European classical music. Kruger is the first North Carolina resident and first winner born outside of the United States.
Kruger is known for his inventive, hard to categorize musical style of composition and performance, which can be described as thoughtful and lyrical. His virtuosic playing style ranges from the very complex to the simple and profound. Jens Kruger and The Kruger Brothers have raised awareness about bluegrass music by writing and performing classical pieces that incorporate the instrumentation of banjo, guitar and bass. The Kruger Brothers consist of Jens Kruger (banjo, harmony vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead and harmony vocals) and Joel Landsberg (bass, harmony vocals). Click here to read the full story.
Remembering Doc CD
This recording is a labor of love. Doc was our friend long before he had ever heard of us. We felt close to him. Luckily for us all, he recorded a vast repertoire that enabled him to touch the hearts of millions and fill them with a longing for a better world. His infectious enthusiasm yet humble approach to his art made us want to travel the world as musicians.
Since we first met Doc in 1997, he invited us many times to their home where we would play some of the old songs for RosaLee that she so loved. Sometimes, he would go down to the basement and bring up Merle’s old banjo for Jens to play “Frosty Morn” or “The Cuckoo.” It was such an honor.
Flatpicking Guitar Mag
Uwe is the cover story for the July/August 2013 issue of Flatpicking Guitar magazine. There's a lovely feature article by Dan Miller, as well as a tab transcription of Uwe's arrangement of "Streamlined Cannonball." The print issue includes a recording the KBs made of that song, one that is an homage to the playing of Doc Watson.
If you don't have a subscription to the magazine, you can buy a single copy, either in print or in digital download at the Flatpicking Guitar Magazine back issue page.
Kruger Academy Video
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