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During February on the Dixie Bee Line, Host Jon Gersh will be periodically featuring tunes off of the albums County 761, “Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe” as well as banjo player Noam Pikelny’s who’s made an album that covers interpretes the album song for song.
“This is arguably one of the greatest bluegrass albums of all time (my copy is autographed! ) Noam has lined up a great band, including Stuart Duncan on the fiddle, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, and Bryan Sutton on guitar. But Noam’s banjo licks stand out… more progressive than Bob Black and Vic Jordan from the original album (Vic is amazing, in my book), hence this makes for a very interesting contrast. What I find especially tasteful is the way that Noam modernizes some of the licks, while keeping the sound firmly rooted in tradition. That’s a hard needle to
thread! What I’ll do is play the original and follow it up with Noam’s cover. Bluegrass fans could not help but be impressed… twice over! See you Saturday at 9pm Eastern!”