Here is another video from Grey Fox, again with a Kenny Baker tribute theme.
This time, we have Tim O’Brien and Chris Thile offering up a twin mandolin version of Bill Monroe’s Jerusalem Ridge, long associated with Baker for his definitive recording of it on his Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe album in 1976.
Not only is their performance of the song brilliant, it’s great fun to note the starkly different personalities of the two players, both in demeanor and musical approach. Tim is cool as a cucumber, never cracking a smile, while Thile serves up his mad scientist of the mandolin role to a “T.”
There is also a Kenny Baker memorial gathering scheduled this evening in Nashville at the Texas Troubadour Theatre, next to the Ernest Tubb Record Shop by the Grand Ole Opry House.
There will be many performances of his music from some of Nashville’s top fiddlers, but as much as anything else, organizer Ron Eldridge wants to take time to remember Kenny the man. Many of his friends will share stories and specific memories of his life and times amidst the tunes.
Things are scheduled to get started at 7:00 p.m. (CDT).