They nearly always come back. All the people that leave bluegrass. I had a strong feeling that I’d be coming back as well. My Bluegrass Heart is my first bluegrass record in over 20 years. It comes out September 10th but you can hear Charm School (featuring Billy Strings on guitar and Chris Thile on mandolin) right now.
To return to a point in your life that you have already lived is metaphysical. Déjà vu, as most of us call it, feels mystical, even if it has a chemical explanation. Scientific evidence aside, to relive something that you have lived before is an experience that seems to connect us with something beyond ourselves. We can both be in the moment and be able to predict (or at least have the feeling that we are predicting) what is coming around the next corner. But to experience déjà vu and to be able to improve upon the actions that once were? Now that is something different altogether.
GRAMMY® Award-nominated banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny's critically acclaimed album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, won "Album of the Year" at the 25th International Bluegrass Music Awards (Raleigh, NC: Oct. 2, 2014). An extremely rare nod for an all-instrumental recording, Pikelny also won the award for "Banjo Player of the Year".
GRAMMY® Award-nominated banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny's critically acclaimed album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, has been nominated for "Album of the Year" at the 25th International Bluegrass Music Awards, coming up in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. An extremely rare nod for an all-instrumental recording, Pikelny is also nominated for Banjo Player of the Year, and best liner notes.
Stemming from a musical friendship many years in the making, two stars of American roots music, Aoife O'Donovan and Noam Pikelny, headline select venues throughout the Rockies, Southwest and Midwest in November 2014. O'Donovan, widely renowned for her work with Crooked Still and her 2013 critically-acclaimed solo album Fossils, has quickly come to the forefront as one of today's leading female vocalists.
It's a rare opportunity for fans of American roots music to experience two modern masters of the banjo and fiddle together on one stage, performing a full set of originals and classics in a duo format.