Kenny Baker Baker's Dozen
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- Released: April 20, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: County Records
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Johnny the Blacksmith
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Shelby Rock
- $0.99 on iTunes3.Sam's Tune
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Ragtime Annie
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Doc Harris, The Fisherman
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Sail Away Ladies
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Greenleaf Breakdown
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Cross-Eye Fiddler
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Black Mountain Rag
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Indian Killed a Woodcock
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Denver Belle
- $0.99 on iTunes12.Hickman County Breakdown
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Personnel: Kenny Baker (fiddle); Sam Bush (mandolin); Kenny Baker (fiddle); Ebo Walker (bass instrument); John Kaparakis (guitar); Butch Robins (banjo).
Liner Note Author: Chris Skinker.
Recording information: Reidsville, NC (09/01/1970/09/02/1970).
This album is so straight to the point it reminds one of a roadside smokehouse that serves barbecued meat, and nothing but barbecued meat. And the back cover of the album actually looks like a menu from such a place. Fiddler Baker and his accomplices, including mandolinist Sam Bush when he was young enough to be called Sammy, whip through a dozen classic country fiddle tunes as if demonstrating that nothing else could possibly be as important. This is totally classic old-time music from the heart of the North Carolina Piedmont, but the musicologists can argue about whether Baker is going too far claiming authorship of some of these titles. The pickers constantly attempt to outdo each other, with some of the finest soloing coming from Butch Robbins on banjo and the Greek-American flatpicker John Kaparakis. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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