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Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe

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Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe


Grammy-nominated banjoist Noam Pikelny has been praised as "a player of unlimited range and astonishing precision" by comedian-banjoist Steve Martin. "Playing not only traditional bluegrass, but classical, rock and jazz oriented music." His new release, Noam Pikelny plays Kenny Baker plays Bill Monroe, is a banjo adaptation of Kenny Baker's 1976 seminal recording of Bill Monroe instrumentals that is poised to take the bluegrass world by storm. The concept for the album grew out of an inside joke but, the more Pikelny explored the idea, the more he realized that it was both musically viable and extremely challenging. Pikelny delved into the intricacies of Kenny Baker's fiddle playing and emerged with note for note versions of Baker's fiddle arrangements for banjo. Joining Pikelny on this tour de force project are the finest instrumentalists in bluegrass: Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Ronnie McCoury (mandolin), and Mike Bub (bass). Noam Pikelny plays Kenny Baker plays Bill Monroe is Pikelny's third recording for Compass Records. It follows on the heels of 2011's GRAMMY-nominated Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail. Upon release, the album hit both the Billboard Top Heatseekers and Bluegrass album charts and was the focus of a Funny or Die parody video starring Pikelny with appearances fromSteve Martin, Ed Helms, Earl Scruggs, Chris Thile, Gillian Welch, and others. Pikelny is also the inaugural winner of the 2010 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass which earned him an appearance on The Letterman Show. Pikelny will be on tour this October in support of the album with a band that includes Bryan Sutton (guitar), Jesse Cobb (mandolin), Barry Bales (bass), and Luke Bulla (fiddle).


  1. Name
  2. Road to Columbus
  3. Brown County Breakdown
  4. Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
  5. Jerusalem Ridge
  6. Monroe's Hornpipe
  7. Cheyenne
  8. Big Sandy River
  9. Stoney Lonesome
  10. Mississippi Waltz
  11. Wheel Hoss
  12. Fiddler's Pastime
  13. Ashland Breakdown
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