In 2010, Swedish bluegrassers G2 spent several months in the US, touring aggressively during festival season in support of their latest album, Untapped Routes, and capping their visit with an appearance on the IBMA Awards show in Nashville.

But this year, news from the G2 camp has been sparse, which as it turns out, is by design. Banjo picker Jens Koch tells us that the band is taking some time away from touring to write, and have more time with their growing families.

“Due to newly born babies among the family fathers in G2, we are intentionally in this slower phase with fewer gigs and ‘must-do’s.’ Last year’s four and a half months in the US were fantastic and hard at the same time; quite a big thing for everybody to pull off, the wives/fiancés and kids most of all.

So this year and probably until we record our new project, time will come very handy to write new material for a third album.

We finished Untapped Routes just before our US tour, and I think that we all felt after some time on the US bluegrass circuit that we were ready to record again, better and stronger!”

But they haven’t all been able to stay away. G2 bassist Jimmy Sunnebrandt vacationed this summer in the US, which gave him the opportunity to sit in several times with James King, something Jimmy describes as a dream come true.

For his part, Jens is preparing to make the trip to Nashville for IBMA, so the band will be represented at World Of Bluegrass.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.