Steve Martin and Jens Kruger at IBMA

On Saturday afternoon, as World of Bluegrass was circling the drain, David Morris caught up with Steve Martin and Jens Kruger to discuss Jens being named the 2013 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music.


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David Morris

David Morris, an award-winning songwriter and journalist, has written for Bluegrass Today since its inception. He joined its predecessor, The Bluegrass Blog, in 2010. His 40-year career in journalism included more than 13 years with The Associated Press, a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, and several top editing jobs in Washington, D.C. He is a life member of IBMA and the DC Bluegrass Union. He and co-writers won the bluegrass category in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in 2015.

  • Jim McKinney

    Daaave . . . what’s with the hat, Dude??? ;>)

  • David Morris

    Jim — The interview took place IMMEDIATELY after I got my hair chopped off — before I had a chance to “repair” some of the rough spots. I wanted to make sure Steve Martin was laughing with me, not at me!

  • Jim McKinney

    Heh, heh, heh !!! . . . just yankin’ your chain a bit, since there was no hair to pull ;>)

    Nice job on the interview, btw !!!

  • Mark Byrum

    True professionals, both Steve and Jens! While I’ve yet to meet Steve, Jens taught at NashCamp a couple years back and he expands the banjo beyond its traditional boundaries in tasteful and beautiful ways. Congratulations! Great job reporting as well.

  • Wayne Morrison

    Jens was highly deserving of this award! One of the greats IMO.

    On a sidenote, I think what Steve Martin has done for the banjo is incredible! Through his award committee and his own playing with the Steep Canyon Rangers, he has put a spotlight on the five string banjo that has not been there in quite some time; probably since O’ Brother came out.

    Oddly enough for me, I found his set with Edie Brickell at IBMA to be fascinating and interesting. So much so that when I got home I ordered the CD. There is something about his banjo playing and her vocals that seem to mesh so well in my opinion. I did not expect this to be the case when I went to see them.