10 Songs, 44 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
shiny grass ,

pick it bro

great find!! i recall hearing noam jamming with yonder mountain at a show a long time ago and have not kept up with his solo work since leftover was no more. glad to find this music. it seems to be arranged well and his talent speaks for itself. you sure can tell he spent some time pickin with bela. overland and manchicken are definitely worth checking out.

ovely ,


Really enoyable to listen to all the way through. I especially like the slower more melodic pieces like "in the maze." It strays from the typical constant 16th note lines that banjos so often seem to have. Very well done!

About Noam Pikelny

A virtuoso five-string banjo player, Noam Pikelny was born February 27, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois. His childhood, he has said lightheartedly, was split between the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and the Old Town School of Folk Music. He was already playing in traditional bluegrass bands while he was in high school, and went on to study music at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, after which he moved to Boulder, Colorado. He joined the Colorado ensemble Leftover Salmon in 2002 (he remained with the band until 2004), and two years later he issued his first solo album, In the Maze, on Compass Records. Pikelny relocated to Nashville in 2006 and began playing with New Grass Revival bassist and singer John Cowan. He also started playing with mandolinist Chris Thile that same year in the progressive chamber bluegrass band Punch Brothers. His second solo album, Beat the Devil & Carry a Rail, appeared from Compass Records in 2011, and earned a nomination for Best Bluegrass Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. He earned a second nomination in 2015 for his chart-topping 2013 release Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe. In 2017 he released his fourth LP and first proper solo outing (as in no accompaniment), Universal Favorite. ~ Steve Leggett

Chicago, IL
February 27, 1981




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