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Jun 12, 2019 - 10:59:36 PM
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15 posts since 3/24/2019

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?

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:24:40 AM



6837 posts since 8/20/2016

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."

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:27:33 AM

Bill H


1229 posts since 11/7/2010

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.

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:12:50 AM

203 posts since 2/6/2018

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.

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:15:40 AM

1711 posts since 12/31/2005

Scott Vestal

Charles Wood has some great solo albums that you can get here:  Link

Butch Robins has great stuff out, including a package deal on his bluegrass albums on a flash drive.  I've been playing that a lot lately

Edited by - Brian Murphy on 06/13/2019 05:23:02

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:29:44 AM



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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.

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