Noam Pikelny, Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales & Jesse Cobb

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

The Opry has seen its share of droll banjo performances, a good many of them courtesy of costumed comedians like Grandpa Jones and Stringbean. But that’s old-timey clawhammer-style banjo playing we’re talking about — not the three-finger bluegrass style popularized by Earl Scruggs. On the whole, there’s been considerably less joking around when it comes to the preservation of bluegrass tradition. Noam Pikelny’s new instrumental banjo album ought to help remedy that. Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe began as a text-messaged joke, a spoof on the fiddle interpretations of Monroe standards that Blue Grass Boy Baker recorded in 1976. But since Pikelny has been all about revisiting the bluegrass canon of late, he decided to spend his time off from the boundary-less baroque string band Punch Brothers actually learning Baker’s fiddle licks on banjo, note for note, and re-creating the album from start to finish — right down to the too-small Stetson and wide polyester tie Baker sported on the original cover. It turned out to be quite a serious enterprise, with Pikelny finding undeniably fresh new angles on familiar tunes.



Wed, Oct 30 | 7:00 PM (6:00 Door)
3rd & Lindsley
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Noam Pikelny

Chicago IL  |  Bluegrass

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