Pikelny slates soph disc
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Pikelny slates soph disc

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 – Noam Pikelny a member of the Punch Brothers, will release his second solo disc, "Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail" on Oct. 25 on Compass Records.

The album from Punch Brothers' banjoist and winner of the 2010 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass features Jerry Douglas, Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still, Tim O'Brien, Steve Martin, Bryan Sutton and Chris Thile.

Pikelny is currently offering a free download of the first track from the album, Jim Thompson's Horse," at his website here: http://www.noampikelny.com.

O'Donovan sings on Tom Waits' Fish and Bird, and Tim O'Brien on a re-working of the Henry Thomas classic Bob Mckinney. Other tracks include a banjo duet with Martin on the old-time standard Cluck Old Hen and an instrumental trio featuring Thile and Sutton on the original Bear Dog Grit. Rounding out the band is fiddler Stuart Duncan, Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge and bassist Mark Schatz. The release marks Punch Brothers fiddler Gabe Witcher's debut as producer.

Pikelny will be on tour promoting the album this December. Tour dates (which will include stops in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Boston.

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CD review - Universal Favorite Noam Pikelny is the most ingratiating musical iconoclast you're likely to come across. He has deep roots in the Americana genre, and his playing, on banjo in most contexts, is precise and brilliant. Pikelny has produced a string of outstanding solo records, most recently "Universal Favorite." Despite the success of these solo efforts ("Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe" was an IBMA Album of the Year and received a Grammy nomination), Pikelny is best known for his ...
CD review - Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe Born of a joke between musicians about the album title, banjo player Noam Pikelny's latest solo offering is an engaging take on a classic bluegrass instrumental album from fiddler Kenny Baker. One of the best known of Bill Monroe's many fiddle players, Baker's original album came out in the early 1970's and featured many of the Bluegrass Boys along with Monroe himself, playing songs that they had made famous in the bluegrass scene. Pikelny, a member of Punch Brothers, ...
CD review - Beat the Devil and Carry A Rail Go ahead and insert a banjo joke here, the comedic side of me says, since Noam Pikelny won something called the 2010 Steve Martin Prize for excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, but it's hard to make fun of someone who has taken the oft-maligned instrument to new heights of melodicism and musical invention. Pikelny is best known these days for his role in the Punch Brothers, the post-Nickel Creek refuge of Chris Thile. His band mates appear throughout this new solo outing and Punch Brothers ...

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