Jens Kruger, banjo-playing co-leader of North Wilkesboro's Kruger Brothers, had a pretty good day recently when he opened his mailbox and a $50,000 check fell out. That was his bounty for winning the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music; and with the Kruger Brothers set to play IBMA's "World of Bluegrass" in Raleigh on the eve of a new album coming out ("Spirit of the Rockies," commissioned by the Banff Center in Canada), it sets the Kruger Brothers up nicely for a very productive stretch of touring. See the story in Sunday's paper for details.
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