What a pleasure it was to listen to the Kruger Brothers perform in Palm Beach, Florida on April 19, 2009. With the Kruger Brothers was special guest Bobby Hicks, who was a former member of both Bluegrass Legend Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys and with the Ricky Skaggs Band in the early 1980s.
The first of two sets was performed by Jens and Uwe Kruger and Joel Landsberg. These original tunes were so diverse that it would be difficult to imagine that anyone in the audience would leave this show disappointed. One highlight was an instrumental entitle “Beautiful Nothing”, from the Kruger Brother’s new album, “Between the Notes”. A second set with Bobby Hicks brought to life some traditional bluegrass tunes as well as a big band swing instrumental written in 1923 or 1924 that proved to be a crowd favorite. To think that this concert only cost $10 per person left me wondering if there is any greater bargain for the bluegrass enthusiast.
Afterward, I had the chance to meet Jens to discuss his banjo technique. I left with a wonderful impression of Jens as one of the new statesman of modern bluegrass music. Jens was gracious with his time and we have since discussed his banjo playing style and philosophy. I am working on a joint article with the editor of Banjo Newsletter about Jens Kruger, who is quickly becoming recognized as one of the truly great banjo players of all time. Could it be that we also may be planning a joint instructional workshop with Jens and the Kruger Brothers band here in Jupiter, Florida? Stay tuned for details.