Noam Pikelny's "Universal Favorite" was the single most inspiring album to me as a musician. I just love Noam's work and I was wondering if anybody knew of any other solo banjo players in the same vein as him?
I would love to hear Bela Fleck put out an album like Noam did. Just him picking and singing solo. No noodling, just well thought out and executed songs and tunes. He can call it "Fleck's Ability" or "Flexibility."
Universal Favorites is one of my favorites. That one and the Kenny Baker album. I find Noam's sound quite unique. There's a warmth to it that I don't hear with other players. I love that he includes so many traditional tunes. His arrangements are so precise and upbeat. I play these CD's often when I'm driving and find I am put in a happy state of mind.
Another amazing banjo feat is Bela Fleck's, The Imposter. It is really not like anything else I have ever heard banjo wise. It is not a solo work however.
Recently saw Noam and Stuart Duncan perform...Noam is even more amazing live. There are a lot of great solo works out there. One of my favorites from last year was Ron Block's "Banjophony". Incredible.
I just saw Noam this weekend with Chris Thile on his live from here broadcast. It was fantastic! They do a short pre-show concert and post show concert which was also extremely entertaining. It was a treat to hear Noam play his unique style (which kind of positions itself deeply in the mix in this setting) and then hear him play The old home place in a very traditional, very convincing JD Crowe style in front of the mix.
'Jamaican Goat Skins' 28 min
'Good Tuesday Morning' 6 hrs
'Go Fund Me' 6 hrs
'Pamlico Sunset' 7 hrs
'The Dreamy Jig' 7 hrs
'Foggy Dew' 7 hrs