Kenny Baker passes

Kenny Baker, perhaps the most celebrated fiddler in the history of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, died today at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) in Nashville, after suffering a stroke earlier this week. He was 85 years of age.

For at least two generations of bluegrass fiddlers, Baker represented the epitome of the style, and even Monroe described him as the best at interpreting his music.

We’ll have much more on Kenny and his musically eventful life in the coming days.

Here’s a great look at Kenny in his prime.

Farewell to a legend.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.