Jussi Syren and the Groundbreakers
This group from Finland, Europe formed in 1995, has been touring nine US states including these festivals and venues: Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival (PA) Jam´n´Bluegrass (NC), Tennessee Fall Homecoming (TN), IBMA (KY), Everetts Barn (GA) and six European countries. They have three albums highligted in Bluegrass Unlimited during seven years period (“Bluegrass Singer” “The Old Home Place Ain´t The Same Anymore” and “Bluegrass Headquarters”). The banjo player Tauri Oksala was featured in Banjo Newsletter cover article June 2018. Grammy winner Michael Cleveland fiddled on two tracks on “Bluegrass Headquarters” album.
In 2020 the group was selected a main showcase act for IBMA World of Bluegrass and their seasonal project “Bluegrass Christmas” was select a Christmeas record of 2020 by Finnish radio stations.
”That true traditional sound, the one that probably drew the vast majority of us to bluegrass, that’s the core and the beauty of the eighth album from the Finnish group Jussi Syren and the Groundbreakers ” – BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED
“It is possible, as with this project for non American bands to not only appreciate the culture and idioms of American music but to enchance them and create something really compelling” – COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE.
“The energy and feel of working live in the studio is an element missing in some of today ́s Bluegrass recordings and Jussi Syren And The Groundbreakers capture that long lost drive very well” – DENNIS JONES, WNCW