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Bluegrass fiddler Kenny Baker dies

Saturday, July 9, 2011 – Kenny Baker, one of the fiddlers who defined the bluegrass sound through his long tenure as a Blue Grass Boy with Bill Monroe, died on Friday. Baker, 85, suffered a stroke earlier this week.

Monroe introduced Baker as "the greatest fiddler in bluegrass music." The two played together from 1968-84 when they split. Baker played with Dobro player Josh Graves. Baker, a Kentucky native, also released his own albums.

CD reviews for Kenny Baker

A Baker's Dozen
If you've listened to Bill Monroe's bluegrass any time at all, you'll know Kenny Baker's name. One of Monroe's longest tenured sidemen, he has been called the best bluegrass fiddler of all time. This CD is a reissue of a 1971 LP. The recording studio was a motel room, and his sidemen included "Sammy" Bush, Butch Robins, Ebo Walker and John Kaparakis. If making an instrumental album, you couldn't ask for a better lineup of musicians. Baker's style is renowned, and he was at the height of his game »»»
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Concert Review: Turner pleases the traditionalists – Josh Turner is a hard-working citizen, a man of faith and a loyal father and husband. He also happens to be one of the youngest members inducted to the Grand Ole Opry. In short, he is the embodiment of country music's champion of the everyman. This night was special for him. He was celebrating an anniversary with his wife and his 18th with his label MCA.... »»»
Concert Review: Not much really changes for LaFarge – Just one look at the stage made it clear that this was not going to be a typical night with Pokey LaFarge. There were only a few guitars to be seen, which meant that LaFarge was going it alone. "I've been touring for years with a band," LaFarge told perhaps a few hundred people before he had even played a note.... »»»
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