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Kruger Brothers

When: Fri., Jan. 18, 8 p.m. 2013

"By the time I was 12, I had a Tennessee accent." So quipped Switzerland-born bluegrass guitarist and singer Uwe Kruger in April, during a tribute to banjo revolutionary Earl Scruggs, who died a month before. Scruggs' records served as transcontinental textbooks for Uwe and Jens Kruger who, in the decades since, have formed one of the best bluegrass bands in the world. But the Appalachian sound has long worked more as a wellspring than an endpoint for the Kruger Brothers, who alternately incorporate bebop, free jazz and rhythm & blues into their dervish music. In 2010, Jens even composed Appalachian Concerto, a long-form sentimental piece that bolstered the banjo, guitar and bass with the elegance of a string quartet. Strange thing is, those flourishes surprisingly work to highlight the basic strength of the Krugers—the complex and considered playing of both brothers. —Grayson Currin

Price: $32-34

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