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Noam Pikelny Announces New Album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe

August 16, 2013  |  11:00am
Noam Pikelny Announces New Album <i>Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe</i>

Founding member of the Punch Brothers, Grammy-nominated Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. Praised as “a player of unlimited range and astonishing precision” by comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, Pikelny will release his new concept album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe Oct. 1 on Compass Records. Joining Pikelny on this recording are bluegrass instrumentalists Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Ronnie McCoury (mandolin), and Mike Bub (bass).

Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe—recorded in 1976, five years before Pikelny was born—features 12 classic tunes written by The Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, and performed by his longtime fiddler Kenny Baker. The album’s concept first came about when Pikelny jokingly texted McCoury, asking, “Could I get away with calling an album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe?” It was over a year later that, upon reflecting on the joke, Pikelny began listening to Baker’s album with fresh ears and saw that it offered him an opportunity to develop a unique banjoistic voice for that particular set of bluegrass standards.

Pikelny will showcase the album on tour this October and November with a band that includes Bryan Sutton (guitar), Jesse Cobb (mandolin), Barry Bales (bass) and Luke Bulla (fiddle). Check out the tracklist, Pikelny’s tour dates and the song “Big Sandy River” below.

Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe Tracklist:
1. Road to Columbus
2. Brown County Breakdown
3. Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
4. Jerusalem Ridge
5. Monroe’s Hornpipe
6. Cheyenne
7. Big Sandy River
8. Stoney Lonesome
9. Mississippi Waltz
10. Wheel Hoss
11. Fiddler’s Pastime
12. Ashland Breakdown

2013 Fall Tour Dates
September
21 – North Adams, Mass. @ FreshGrass Music Festival

October
17 – Oneonta, N.Y. @ Oneonta Theatre
18 – Randolph, Vt. @ Chandler Center for the Arts
19 – Sellersville, Pa. @ Sellersville Theater
20 – New York, N.Y. @ City Winery
22 – Columbus, Ohio @ Lincoln Theatre
23 – Ann Arbor, Mich. @ The Ark
25 – Alexandria, Va. @ The Birchmere
28 – Athens, Ga. @ Hodgson Concert Hall
29 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Bijou Theatre
30 – Nashville, Tenn. @ 3rd & Lindsley

November
1 – Florence, Ala. @ The Shoals Theatre
4 – Baton Rouge, La. @ Manship Theatre

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