Latest CD, Spirit of the Rockies.
The Spirit of the Rockies is a poetic, spiraling tale about ghosts, relationships and guides – both seen and unseen. It is a story about love, spiritual legacy, the sharing of beauty, and the yearning for freedom from the restrictions of the mind.
In 2011, The Kruger Brothers were commissioned to write a musical work for the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Jens saw for the first time the Canadian Rockies he had heard so much about. Jens recalls, “I was instantly transformed by the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and lakes and immediately began imagining and creating music in my mind that could reflect such a landscape.” Jens and Uwe explored the history of the Banff area of the Canadian Rockies and the ancestral ghost stories of the native tribes that inhabited them. Jens and Uwe found a similarity and spiritual connection among the people in high mountains across the world having grown up listening to the folklore and ghost stories about the Swiss Alps. From this vision the theme for the Spirit of the Rockies was born. Click to read more....
IBMA Award Nomination!
Jens Kruger, banjoist, composer and member of the musical group The Kruger Brothers, has received the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award nomination for banjo performance.
Final nominees for the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards were announced today during a press conference held at The Factory in Franklin, TN hosted by Sam Bush and Jim Lauderdale.
IBMA Award winners will be announced Thursday, October 2 at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, NC. Grammy award winners Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas will serve as host of the Awards Show as part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. taking place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh. The Kruger Brothers will also debut a new concerto titled “Lucid Dreamer” during this year’s World of Bluegrass.
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.
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