The Minnesota based Sawtooth Brothers (formerly known as the Sawtooth Bluegrass Band) have performed across 7 states and Ontario. They’ve shared the stage with Garrison Keillor and Dr. Ralph Stanley, and are the winners of the 2008 MBOTMA Race For a Place band competition. Guitarist Clint Birtzer is the 2009, 2011, and 2013 Minnesota Flatpicking Guitar Champion, as well as the 2015 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Midwest Guitar Performer of the Year and 2015 SPBGMA National Guitar Performer of the Year nominee. He and Jesse Moravec are winners of the 2011 Minnesota Duet Championship. Fiddle player Luke Birtzer is winner of the 2010 Bluegrass Idol competition. The group recently conducted a successful Kickstarter campaign to pay for the recording and distribution on their debut album which will be released later in 2015.
The performances make up the twelfth program in a 13-week series launched by Pioneer Public TV in 2015 with assistance from the nonprofit Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association (MBOTMA).
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