From the Swiss Alps to the Blue Ridge, Kruger Brothers bring world of musical influences to TFAC

Published 6:18 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017

Originally from Switzerland, The Kruger Brothers began playing North American folk music at an early age and were particularly inspired by recordings of Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and other progenitors of country, bluegrass and folk music. When they were very young, Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals) and younger brother Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals) would place a guitar on the floor between them and play it together, one brother taking the upper three strings and the other the lower three. 

One can only imagine the number and variety of musical influences – Broadway, classical, jazz, rhythm and blues – that surrounded Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) as he was growing up in New York City. Destined to find Uwe and Jens, Joel moved to Switzerland and began a successful career as a bassist before being initiated into the ‘brotherhood’ and performing full time with The Kruger Brothers. 

 Together, the trio form one of the powerhouse groups in the modern Americana scene, effortlessly mixing their astounding range of musical styles for an unforgettable sound. 

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 The Kruger Brothers make a highly-anticipated return to Tryon Fine Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. The Wilkesboro, NC-based trio will open TFAC’s 2017-2018 Main Stage Series, sponsored by Parsec Financial. The Kruger Brothers are sponsored by Main Street Insurance and media sponsor WNCW. 

 In addition to the September 15 performance, The Kruger Brothers will offer a master class to musicians and music enthusiasts on Saturday, September 16 at 10 a.m. The Kruger Brothers will spend over two hours working one-on-one with master class attendees, and share their unique perspective on traditional music and the relationship between instrument and performer. Musicians of any skill level and genre are invited to participate. 

Tickets are available at or by calling TFAC’s Kessler Box Office at 828-859-8322. 

 Article submitted by Michelle Fleming