Bluegrass fiddler Kenny Baker dies
Saturday, July 9, 2011
– Kenny Baker, one of the fiddlers who defined the bluegrass sound through his long tenure as a Blue Grass Boy with Bill Monroe, died on Friday. Baker, 85, suffered a stroke earlier this week.
Monroe introduced Baker as "the greatest fiddler in bluegrass music." The two played together from 1968-84 when they split. Baker played with Dobro player Josh Graves. Baker, a Kentucky native, also released his own albums.
CD reviews for Kenny Baker
A Baker's Dozen
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Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels
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Concert Review: DBT rocks on
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