You may not be familiar with a band named G2, but we suspect that you may be before long. They are five young Swedish blugrass musicians, who teamed up in October 2005 with a plan to form a new, contemporary bluegrass band.
The name came with their recognition that they were a part of the second generation of bluegrass players in Sweden, and they have been busy this past year writing, recording and promoting the group. They produced a three song demo within months of their first meeting (audio available on the G2 web site), which has won some high praise from bluegrass artists in both Europe and the US, including Blue Highway’s Tim Stafford:
“Sounds to me like you guys could be the vanguard of a new bluegrass movement in Sweden. I sure hope so.”
The feedback from the demo has prompted them to record a full length CD and the band, currently unsigned, is working now on writing and recording tracks for this project, with a projected release in the first half of 2007. G2 is also planning a US tour for the late summer of 2007, and is hoping to hear from venues (or an agent) in the US that can help fill in dates.
We heard recently from G2’s banjo player, Jens Koch, that they will be opening for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in Stockholm on Monday (9/4), and the guys are both thrilled and honored for the opportunity.
Keep an eye out for these young guys, who seem to be fine representatives of the second generation of bluegrass musicians in Sweden. They can be contacted via the Guest Book page on the G2 site.