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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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Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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