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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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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