The Making of Universal Favorite: The Noam Pikelny Story

Noam Pikelny is not only a banjo player extraordinaire. On his his upcoming Rounder album, Universal Favorite, we learn that he is also a very capable vocalist.

And based on this short film created to explain the basis for this record as a solo effort, we can further say that he is a talented comic actor as well.

Universal Favorite releases tomorrow, March 3. As the video suggests, it is just Noam in the studio, playing and singing a mix of folk and bluegrass numbers, plus a couple of his clever banjo instrumentals.

Here’s a live video of one of the tracks, his version of Fleming Brown’s Old Banjo, recorded at Nashville’s Downtown Presbyterian Church.

Noam is on tour now, performing a solo show based on the new record. You can see all those dates online.

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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.