04
Oct

I’m truly honored. This record was a labor of love for me, and at best I was hoping to not get struck by lightning as retribution for putting my name in the same album title as Kenny Baker’s and Bill Monroe’s. While I’ve spent most of my career on the far fringes of this music, bluegrass music and its community mean the world to me, so the warm embrace from the IBMA this year is very special. To me, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe is truly a band record, so the album of the year award is shared equally between Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Bub, and our producer Gabe Witcher. It goes without saying that many a glass was raised after the show Thursday night to Kenny Baker.

02
Oct

Stuart Duncan Duo Tour Starts this Saturday, Tour with Aoife O’Donovan in November

Howdy Folks! 

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

Greetings from Raleigh, NC where tonight I’ll be attending the 2014 IBMA Awards show. You can imagine my surprise when I first heard the news that I received two nominations this year. Firstly, I had no idea that an International Bridal Manufacturers Association even existed, and secondly, I never dreamt that my reclaimed banjo pick foot jewelry would ever be anything more than a hobby!

Management informed me soon after that it was rather the International Bluegrass Music Association awards, and the nominations weren’t for footwear but for Album of the Year and Banjo Player of the Year. Congrats to fellow Punch Brother, Gabe Witcher, who produced the NP Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe album, and to the album band: Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Ronnie McCoury and Mike Bub. In fact, the exact album band will be assembling for the first time outside of the studio for a live performance tonight on the awards show, which you can stream online at ibma.org starting at 7:30pm ET. My pre-taped concession speech from the lobby of the Raleigh Red Roof will be posted immediately after at Noam.net, if it hasn’t leaked already.

On Saturday in Raleigh, Stuart Duncan and I will fire up the fiddle & banjo machine to kick off our October Tour. It’s been an absolute thrill getting to play duo shows with Stu-Bob this year, and the response has been not only positive, but unanimous: The Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan show is the next best thing to a Stuart Duncan solo show. I couldn’t agree more. This Sunday we’ll be in Asheville, NC and then we’ll continue up the Mid-Atlantic over the course of a couple weeks. I’m especially excited for the debut of the Stuart duo at my old stomping grounds, the Rockwood Music Hall, for a two night run in NYC.

I’m so thrilled to be finally be joining up again with a character from my distant past, the Original American Songbird, Aoife O’Donovan! You may recognize Aoife from high profile projects such as Noam Pikelny & Friends and or the indie darlings, The Goat Rodeo Sessions. We’ll be touring a new project this November with Barry Bales on bass and Shad Cobb on fiddle. More on this tour soon, but tickets for all the shows are now on sale.

Thanks for reading, hope you can make some, if not all of the upcoming shows!

Noam

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

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