Sunday, March 8, 2009

Interview with the Kratz Brothers

In December I asked John Kratz, of The Kratz Brothers, a few questions about themselves, their band and the local live music scene in general.

The band is currently called Kratz Bros Band, including John Kratz, guitars and vocals, Luke Kratz, keys and vocals, Dorian Hitchcock, cello, and Derrick Strang, drums. The band, now based in Pocatello , Idaho, was formed after John moved back to Idaho from New York City in the summer of 2008.

All original songs written by John and Luke that fuse rock, folk and world music styles. Lyrics are in English and Spanish.

The band has performed in Brooklyn, Manhattan, NY; Alpine and Thayne, WY; Pocatello and Swan Valley, ID

"After a 2-month hiatus for travel, we will resume Pocatello shows and the Onewords tour in March at venues such as Idaho State University, 1st National, Hooligans, Senang, Portneuf Valley Brewery, as well as shows in Boise, Jackson, Idaho Falls, Salt Lake City, and New York City.

The Kratz brothers had their CD release party at Portneuf Valley Brewing on December 27th from 8:30 to 11 p.m. They played tunes from John’s new "Onewords" album. Luke will also be releasing his new album of new original songs (title TBA). Aside the from the usual band lineup, they featured guest vocalist Lindsey Tucker. "Onewords" was available for a $5 - $10 donation.

"The Kratz Bros. Band is proud to be a part of the local original music scene of SE Idaho and encourages music lovers to support original music as much as possible by organizing and attending shows, buying albums, and giving feedback online and by dancing at the shows!"

Fans can request additional CDs, download mp3s, and get tour info at John's MySpace or Luke's MySpace. For booking, contact or

"I'll keep you informed of the March/April SE Idaho tour so we can get the word out early."

1 comment:

John Kratz said...

Just an update that this Spring we're not doing acoustic shows anymore, full rather full shows, because we incorporated a new drummer, Chris Sherburne, into the lineup.

Current members: John Kratz, guitar, vox, Luke Kratz, keys, vox, Dorian Hitchcock, cello, Chris Sherburne, drums. Guests: Lindsey Tucker, vox, Will Moran, tabla drums.

We're solidifying a Saturday at the 1st National in May, so I'll let you know.

Thanks for getting the word out for us!

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