This week saw the release of Untapped Routes from Sweden’s G2, an occasion which led to them being offered the opportunity to perform on Bingolotto, the Kingdom’s top game show on national television.
Banjo picker Jens Koch tells us that the show is viewed by several hundred thousand Swedes – good numbers in a nation of 9 million people.
And of course, video of their bit has made it to YouTube…
Jens reports that the show was well received in the studio, and by the viewing audience.
“We had a great time playing on Bingolotto and we’re so happy to be on that show. We did Conwy which turned out to be the single here in Scandinavia and people really seemed to like it. Lots of positive feedback after the TV appearance.
Untapped Routes was released on Monday and today we are having the release party here in Stockholm. We are expecting a bunch of people there and it’s going to be a fun night!”
The band, which recently returned home from several months touring in the US, records and performs their music in English – a very common second language in Sweden – both with an eye to the larger English-speaking bluegrass market, and because – according to bassist Jimmy Sunnebrandt – you can’t rhyme in Swedish.
Their label, Cosmos Music Group, is hoping to find a US-based distributor for Untapped Routes, and the album will be available soon in iTunes and other popular download sites. For now, Cosmos is offering a free download of the single from SoundCloud.
Keep an eye out for this one – great music from some super Scandanavian pickers.