20
Aug
After confirming that I’d never be asked to join The Aoife O’Donovan Band, we decided to start a new one and tour in November. Visit the tour page for details and tickets.

After confirming that I’d never be asked to join The Aoife O’Donovan Band, we decided to start a new one and tour in November. Visit the tour page for details and tickets.

16
May

Duo Shows with Stuart Duncan Start This Weekend

Howdy Folks! 

Noam, here, with some news that will surely change your life.  

Greetings from Nashville, TN, “The Athens of The South.” I’m in town rehearsing with Stuart Duncan, “The Plato of the Fiddle.”  I’m thrilled to announce that we’re launching our new duo project this weekend, visiting the Southeast and Midwest.

I’ve been lucky enough to get Stuart to play on my last two solo records and with that I could die a happy man. He has so masterfully assimilated all of the great fiddle traditions into his own singular style. Stuart has arrived at an utterly breathtaking intersection of finesse and soul. He’s a bonafide acoustic superhero - the fact that he goes on stage not wearing a cape is a little misleading. But it’s time to forgive him for that.

If trios and larger ensembles are just too cluttered for your musical tastes, then this show is for you, as long as you like the fiddle and banjo. Because there is going to be a whole lot of that. But this show won’t be purely instrumental - ticket prices would be much higher if that was the case.  There will be quite a bit of singing. Stuart is a great singer and I’ll be singing as well to provide some harmony vocals and shock value.

If you’re on the fence about this whole fiddle & banjo thing, I’d suggest watching this short infomercial we made during the first round of rehearsal. And for those of you who can’t make it to any of the upcoming shows due to unfortunate geographical circumstances, we’ve just posted full rehearsal videos of “Tallahassee” and “Sad and Lonesome Day.” Those planning to attend may watch as well.  

Thanks for reading. Hope to see some of y’all soon.

Best,

Noam

29
Apr

We’ve made a nifty video for those of you still refusing to believe that Stuart Duncan & I will be playing duo shows starting in May.

13
Feb

The Noam & Friends (Sutton, Bulla, Bales and Cobb) Northeast run starts next week at The Sinclair in Cambridge followed by shows in Connecticut, New York, and Maine. Watch this video recap from the fall tour by Pint of Soul and head on over to the tour page for the upcoming dates and ticket links.

05
Feb

Noam & Friends Tour This Month, Festival Shows Added

Howdy Folks! 

Noam, here, with some news that will surely change your life.  

My sincere apologies for being incommunicado over the last few months. It’s become a tradition of mine to take some personal time around the holidays and New Year’s to conveniently disappear, thereby evading any obligation to buy gifts/go caroling/shovel. However, this is a tactic I would only dare employ with my closest family and friends, and would never subject the members of this e-mail list to such reprobate behavior.  

Instead, the real reason why it’s been so long since I’ve dispatched one of these life-changing missives is because very recently I, myself, received some news that will surely change my life. Just a few weeks ago, I was awoken by a minuscule earthquake, to discover that I had moved to California! Los Angeles, to be specific. Not sure exactly how it happened - I have some foggy, disjointed memories of paper cuts, a Blizzard yard sale, the smell of adhesive, New Mexico, Laser Tag. But I’ve given up trying to piece it all together and have decided to embrace the weather and turn my attention to the serious work of breaking down barriers to become the world’s first celebrity banjo player. 

That said, I’d like to announce my triumphant return to the Northeast with some tour dates in February. I’ll be joined again by Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales, and Jesse Cobb starting Feb 19th at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA, followed by shows in Connecticut, Maine and New York. These guys are some of the finest Bluegrass musicians you’ll ever hear, and I’m honored to get to share the stage with them. If you’d like to hear a bit of what we do, here are some videos of us playing Big Sandy River and Wheel Hoss off of my latest CD, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, live at the FreshGrass Festival last year. 
 

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And to dispel any notion that I’m only concerned with the far corners of this great nation, I’ll be appearing with same group at The Pour House in Charleston on April 1st, and the Savannah Music Festival on April 2nd. 

A special edition of Noam & Friends featuring Aoife O’Donovan at the first annual Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival in Baltimore on April 26th. And later this summer, I’ll be returning to one of my favorite places on earth, the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO for what will surely be an incredibly special post-flood RockyGrass, July 25-27th. I’m thrilled to be back as part of the Academy and for a duo set with fiddler extraordinaire, Stuart Duncan. 

There’s lots of new Punch Brothers music brewing as we prepare to record early this summer. We can’t wait to play some of the new songs for you when we go back out on tour in March. 

That’s all for now - Hope to see you at one of the shows.

Best,

Noam

21
Oct

I was promised duets and cold beer, but scored some 3-part harmony and scotch. http://noampikelny.com/tour

01
Oct
New album is out! Street sales are currently pitiful, so I’m assuming y’all are shopping here: iTunes: http://www.smarturl.it/noamitunes Amazon: http://amzn.to/1fFZAJz CD/Vinyl: http://bit.ly/noamplays

New album is out! Street sales are currently pitiful, so I’m assuming y’all are shopping here:

iTunes: http://www.smarturl.it/noamitunes
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1fFZAJz
CD/Vinyl: http://bit.ly/noamplays

12
Sep

Noam Pikelny Plays for Free

My new NoiseTrade sampler could not be cheaper or more downloadable

20
Aug

Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe Available for Pre-Order

Pre-order or rename your kid ‪#‎NPPKBPBM‬ to get an instant download of “Fiddler’s Pastime!” CD, Vinyl and Letterpress Poster bundles are currently available on the pre-order page

13
Aug

Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe

Howdy Folks!  

Noam, here, with some news that will surely change your life.  

I’m thrilled to announce my new album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, which will be released October 1st on Compass Records. I’m sure there will be a healthy debate on Twitter and cable-news programs whether my decision to wear a cowboy hat on the album cover is a career-ending move or simply a glimpse into the Brooklyn of the future, but first, please allow me to explain the concept and what was going on inside of my head (and hat).  

Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, recorded in 1976, five years before I was born, features twelve of the most classic tunes written by the father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe (1911-1996), performed by his longtime fiddler Kenny Baker (1926-2012). While many insanely talented musicians worked for Bill Monroe, Monroe would introduce Kenny Baker to audiences as “the best in bluegrass” (hint…hint…Chris Thile).  The landmark 1976 album offered Kenny Baker’s refined and elegant renditions of the great Monroe instrumentals all in one place, essentially making it an instrumental Bluegrass bible for me and countless others.  

A few years ago I was searching for any source of joy in my life and I jokingly texted Ronnie McCoury asking him, “Could I get away with calling an album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe?”  Earlier this year, I came to the realization that during all that time that I was searching for joy and meaning in my life, there was something much more important right in front of me: a valid album concept that could be exploited for meager financial gain. So I started listening anew to Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe and spent two months arranging the Baker versions on the banjo, note-for-note.  

While there is plenty of dress-up on the album cover,  I didn’t want this new record to be about musical impersonation. Kenny Baker became my definitive source, and I set out to make the tunes my own and develop a unique voice for these classic instrumentals on the banjo. Fellow Punch Brother, Gabe Witcher, agreed to produce, and this last May we set up camp for four days at Ricky Skaggs’ studio outside of Nashville, TN.  I was joined by my favorite bluegrass musicians in the world: Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Bryan Sutton on guitar, and Mike Bub on bass. We adapted the entire 1976 album, track-by-track, using the original sequence. These guys played so beautifully; I’m convinced there is a real demographic of people who’ll buy this record despite the fact that I’m on it.  

We’re going to be announcing pre-order details on August 20th. In the meantime, if you’d like a sneak peak, you can listen to “Big Sandy River” from the new album right here:


Also, just down the road on YouTube, you’ll find this video of the man himself, Kenny Baker, playing Jerusalem Ridge and you’ll see what all the fuss is about.

And just a little reminder, I’ll be on tour this fall with Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Jesse Cobb and Barry Bales. Will the Stetson make an appearance? Only time will tell. Tickets are already on sale for many of these shows. 

Best,
Noam

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