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    Good Fiddler Magazine article on Kenny Baker, recalling Roy Hall and his Blue Ridge Entertainers, one of the lost Bluegrass pioneers

    http://www.fiddle.com/_mndata/fiddle...lerWin9495.pdf

    http://www.hillbilly-music.com/artis...x.php?id=13777
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    Butch Robins has posted some youtube video of his days with the Blue Grass Boys when Mr. Baker was with them.
    I watched about 5 minutes, and didn't want to go near my fiddle for a long time afterwards.
    Mr. Baker made the extremely difficult look effortless. He was possibly the best we've ever had.
    Warning to all itinerant fiddlers: If you watch any of this footage, you might find yourselves wanting to give it up for good.

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    He was also an accomplished guitar player. He recorded an album with Josh Graves in the early 70's...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    Mr. Baker made the extremely difficult look effortless. He was possibly the best we've ever had.
    Warning to all itinerant fiddlers: If you watch any of this footage, you might find yourselves wanting to give it up for good.
    Agreed, I also keep KB as the ultimate goal and though I have no illusions to be 1% as good as he was, he still gives me something to aim for. I saw with Bill Monroe a few times and he definitely made it look easy and boy it wasn't! Beautiful and powerful playing.
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    I love his waltz playing (and he played a lot of them). It has universal appeal even for those who don't like bluegrass. In fact I'd say KB is one of those musicians who transcends style and genre.
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    Very enjoyable read, Fretbear.

    Thanks for posting.

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    K.B . . . . I listen and the more I learn the more I hear and . . . I started with fiddle at the same age as K.B. recorded Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe. So ever "catching up" is well beyond me ... yet I persevere. K.B.'s fiddling is accessible to my ear, though I do have two, and I continue learning. Judicious use of The Amazing Slowdowner and a Dick and Jane level of notation reading keeps me going. Play on friends. R/
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