The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

3×3: TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb on Graves, Diggers, and Gravediggers

Sep 20, 2017

Artist: Dan Bruskewicz (of TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb)
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Latest Album: Dancing out the Door
Rejected Band Names: The Donkeys! We still may use it. That name still carries a lot of weight in this town! As far as nicknames go, we’ve traditionally used the northeastern United States custom of referring to each other simply by last name. It’s our way of making each other feel like Cher or Sting.

Who is the most surprising artist in current rotation in your iTunes/Spotify?

Outsider Christmas Vol. 1. A mixtape of the most amazing Christmas songs ever recorded that was a treasured gift and includes the incomparable “What Child Is This” by Jingle Cats and the perfect “Jingle Bells” by the Children of the Inpatient Music Therapy Program by University of Michigan’s Children’s Psychiatric Hospital.

If you were a candle, what scent would you be?

DeLuisian Dream

What literary character or story do you most relate to?

It’s a dead tie between the gravediggers in Hamlet and Gravedigger the Monster Truck.


Back to the Mothership. Pic by @macnet

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What’s your favorite word?


What’s your best physical attribute?


If you were an instrument, which one would you be?

The honorable Saxamaphone.


Sanctuary City

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Banjo, mando, or dobro?

If you’re gonna cut through the clutter, it’s gotta be a fiddle.

Are you more a thinking or feeling type?

This is making me paranoid. I need a hug!

Urban or rural?

I need both of them. Just like I need a hotdog AND a beer, a grilled cheese AND tomato soup, an omelet AND a beer. Yin Yang cymbals. You eat the city and then drink the country and then sleep on the beach.

Photo credit: Neil Santos

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