Europe is not your usual starting place for a bluegrass band for sure but the 2012 Wintergrass performers The Kruger Brothers (Jens & Uwe) grew up playing Americana and
bluegrass music at a young age. They performed in the US for the first time in 1997 and went on to become regular performers at Merlefest. The trio features Jens on banjo, Uwe on guitar and Brooklyn,NY’s Joel Landsberg on bass. The Kruger Brothers were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Music from the Spring a symphonic suite composed and orchestrated by Jens Kruger, which premiered in 2007. In late 2010, the Kruger Brothers premiered the Appalachian Concerto, a concerto for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet.
Initially staying fairly close to a traditional roots-music repertoire, the Kruger Brothers’ journey as songwriters began in earnest with the release of Up 18 North in 2002. Though the album wasn’t entirely comprised of original work, instrumentals like “Sarah” and “Up 18 North” firmly established the Kruger sound on CD. It also presented “Carolina in the Fall” which is such a great example of their vocal writing. As continued in more recent releases, including Between the Notes and Forever and a Day, their song writing is distinguished by rich detail, honesty, and a unique insight into the beauty and complexity of everyday life. The quality of their writing, and their remarkable facility with their instruments, have made the Kruger Brothers a fixture within the world of acoustic music.