Fest's "Jim Krueger Memorial Music Scholarship"
is open to anyone in Manitowoc County who plays a musical
instrument or is a vocal musician, ages 16 to 22 years old
as of April 14, 2007. The recipient of the award will be notified
in advance and will be invited to perform at Acoustic Fest,
on July 15, 2007 at the Washington Park Metro Stage. The amount
of the award will be determined by Acoustic Fest proceeds.
It may be used at the College of your choice or at a music
camp or workshop. If interested in applying, email
"Bruiser" Krueger was born and raised in Manitowoc.
He was self taught starting with a ukelele and an accordion.
Heavily influenced by the folk movement of the early and mid
1960's, Jim became prolific on the 5-string banjo. The acoustic
guitar was next, finally giving way to the electric, from
the influence of Bob Dylan and the Beatles.
From 1967 to 1970, Jim was a member of the legendary group
Grease. In 1971 Jim moved to San Francisco to join the nationally
known AB Skhy Band.1973 was the first year Jim was recording
on a major label with the Tim Weisberg/Dreamspeaker Album.
That same year Jim joined Dave Mason's Band touring and recording
on and off for the next 20 years. In 1976 Jim wrote and recorded
Dave's biggest hit, "We Just Disagree," earning
Jim's second gold album. The following year, Jim, Mike Finnigan
and Les Dudek formed the DFK Band, also on Columbia Records.
In the early '80's, Jim joined Mike Finnigan and the Right
Band on the live TV concert show "Rock & Roll Tonite."
Jim and the band backed up legendary artists Les Paul, Todd
Rundgren, Steven Stills, Etta James, Ted Nugent, Paul Butterfield
and the Band, along with their own material. In 1987, Jim
moved back to Manitowoc, but continued to record and tour
with Dave Mason. The local bands, the Traveling Kingsburys
and the Normal Adults, were formed in 1991. Jim let everybody
in on his fun, creating the Happy Schnapps Combo. Jim died
in 1993, but his music was recorded by numerous artists including
his boyhood idol, Bob Dylan. Jim's music lives on and as time
goes by, seems to sound hipper and timeless with age.
(Written by Jim's brother, Rich Krueger)