Tuesday Tune: ‘Jack of the Wood’ by The Kruger Brothers featuring Steve Martin
Brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger were born and raised in Europe but have made their mark on American folk and bluegrass music in a major way. Now residing just over an hour north of Charlotte in North Wilkesboro, the brothers compose and perform as The Kruger Brothers. The bluegrass music that was birthed from the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is what attracted them to the area.
The Kruger Brothers have become an integral part of MerleFest, a music festival held in Wilkeboro that celebrates “traditional plus” music and has earned its right as one of the biggest music festivals in America. Joined by Joel Landsberg on bass, Jens Kruger plays banjo and Uwe Kruger plays lead guitar and also serves as lead vocalist. The Kruger Brothers are critically acclaimed for their compositions as well as their playing.
Jens Kruger has earned numerous awards for his mastery of the banjo including the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music in 2013. To celebrate his award, The Kruger Brothers performed with the legendary comedian and banjo picker on “Late Night With David Letterman.” Watch a clip of their performance of “Jack of the Wood” below.
Don’t miss The Kruger Brothers live in McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square on Friday, Oct. 24! Bluegrass fans can expect to hear a mix or The Kruger Brothers’ originals and traditional bluegrass licks like “Orange Blossom Special” and “Dueling Banjos.” Get tickets now.