Marion, VA- The Kruger Brothers will headline the Song of the Mountains public television taping at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA on Saturday, March 2nd. Originally from Switzerland, brothers Uwe and Jens Kruger 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. Their first public performances were as a duo, busking on the streets of cities throughout eastern and western Europe.
After gaining a recording contract as well as a radio show on SRG SSR, the Swiss public broadcaster, they teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, inaugurating a trio that has been playing professionally together since 1995. Landsberg is an American citizen from New York, NY. The first recording project to include Landsberg was Behind the Barn, Vol. 2, released in 1997. The Kruger Brothers moved to the United States in 2002, and are based in Wilkesboro, NC.
The group is highly regarded within the world of acoustic music in North America, in particular by those within the industry. They gained the attention of some of the musicians, including Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Tut Taylor, and Bobby Hicks, that once served as models. Watson once said, “The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with. … I love to play music with them.”
Also joining the Kruger Brothers at the concert will be the Kontras Quartet. Lauded as a “tightly crafted and beautiful instrument” and as “one of the most promising young quartets - technically excellent and musically compelling”, the Kontras Quartet is a brilliant and invigorating string quartet whose members hail from South Africa, Russia, Japan and the USA. Highly in demand in both the concert hall and in classrooms of all ages, the Kontras Quartet delights audiences with their pre-concert conversations and diverse repertoire, which includes favorites from the established string quartet canon and colorful new works from each of their native countries. Kontras, which means “contrasts” in the Afrikaans language, competed with other seasoned string quartets from across the country to win its current residency with the Western Piedmont Symphony in North Carolina.
The Song of the Mountains concert on March 2nd will also include the traditional bluegrass sound of Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Born August 16th, 1992 Stanley was hoisted into the spotlight at the young age of two under the diligent training of his grandfather musical Icon Dr. Ralph Stanley. This was the beginning to a great future in the music industry. Stanley has several solo recordings to his credit including, 2006 “Sandy Ridge”. 2007 he suffered for my reward, and 2008 “Where Will You Go”.
Mark Newton & Steve Thomas will also present their fine musical style on Song of the Mountains. Pinecastle Records is proud to announce that it has signed Mark Newton and Steve Thomas to its roster. Their debut album is titled Reborn and will be released on April 9, 2013. With the two banded together, the "sideman" becomes a "frontman," and the "frontman" becomes a "partner." Both men are native Virginians who both struck out seperately in the music business decades ago, with both having completely different experiences. Now that both of their paths have converged, they are eager to blend their various musical flavors together to share with bluegrass and Americana fans everywhere. They are joined by bass player Matt Wallace who rounds out the trio that will be touring the country.
Also West Wend will perform on the show. Westwend is a duo is comprised of two complimentary talents. Jonathan Maness and Wendy Crowe met at the Ciderville Farm and Home Show radio program in 2011 near Knoxville, TN. As for their musical style…Nashville will meet Memphis, Muscle Shoals will meet Appalachia. Whichever way the wind blows, Westwend hopes you like it.
Rounding out this fine evening of music is Paula Dellenback and Fox River. Paula Dellenback & Fox River is a bluegrass band born in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Focusing on the original song writing talents of Paula Dellenback, they play a mix of traditional and progressive music.
This Song of the Mountains concert on March 2nd begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets and information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093. April 6, 2013 Song of the Mountains will present The Grascals, the Easter Brothers, the Whitetop Mountains Band and Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road.
Song of the Mountains is underwritten for public television by TEDS, the General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA, Blue Ridge Country 98.1 fm, The Bank of Marion and Emory & Henry College, Bryant Label Co. of Blountville, TN. Special support from the Town of Marion, VA. Also Song of the Mountains appreciates all the support received from their faithful supporters who contribute dollars to keep this concert series funded and on public television across America.
Memberships and Song of the Mountains merchandise are available at the website and your purchases help support the concert series. Donations are accepted at the website as well. Underwriting opportunities are available by contacting Song of the Mountains through our website. Song of the Mountains/The Lincoln Theatre is a non-profit organization. /em