Sweden’s G2 made quite a stir when they toured the US in 2010, demonstrating a flair for contemporary bluegrass, clever songwriting, and an an endearing live show.
These five talented young men, none of whom are full-time musicians, took five months away from their day jobs – and their families – to fulfill their bluegrass dream here in the states. They found themselves onstage at major festivals like IBMA’s Fan Fest, ROMP, Bean Blossom, Grass Valley and Pickin’ In The Panhandle supporting their CD, Untapped Routes. Syndicated and online radio shows Music City Roots and the Woodsongs Old Time Music Hour also put them on their air.
This wasn’t their first trip to the US, however. They were an official showcase act at the 2009 World Of Bluegrass, where they got a performance slot on the IBMA Awards Show at The Ryman Auditorium.
Upon returning to Sweden in 2010, the band decided to take some time away from G2, both to reconnect with family and to pursue other musical endeavors. But two years hence, the guys are back together and raring to go. Work will begin soon on a new recording, and active touring is being planned for Europe and the US.
G2 personnel is unchanged, with Christoffer Olsson on guitar, Erik Igelström on mandolin, Jens Koch on banjo, Jimmy Sunnebrandt on bass, and Tobias Strömberg on resonator guitar. They all got together over this past weekend to pick a few, enjoy a day together and put together plans for the next year.
Oh… and to create this video to let their many fans know about their return.
Look for G2 back in the US during the summer of 2013, most likely late June or early July. At this point, the band is handling arrangements themselves, and you can contact them through their web site to inquire about dates.
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