In 1968 Kenny Baker released Portrait Of A Bluegrass Fiddler. Here are a few comments from the cover.
Kenny has been working for Bill Monroe off and on since 1956; lately since March, 1968. This album is a collection of original tunes by Kenny Baker, some of them based on ideas from other tunes, as well as older, traditional material. The style of fiddling is strictly Kenny Baker’s own creative bluegrass style, developed over many years and influenced by many traditions. When Kenny Baker first started working for Bill back in 1956, Bill said to him, “Now, don’t listen to what somebody else is playing, you play what you feel and what you hear, that’s why I want you.”
FIRST DAY IN TOWN - “That’s the day I came back to NashviIIe to go to work with BIII (March, I968]. I just decided I’d mane me a tune, and I made it. I guess PADDY ON THE TURNPIKE was my idea in the number. My daddy used to play PADDY ON THE TURNPIKE and he had a part in G minor, and nobody else I‘ve heard ever played that part, That‘s why I did this.”
Kenny Baker - Fiddle
Del McCoury - Guitar
Vic Jordan - Banjo
Roland White - Mandolin
Doug Green - Bass
Just some classic fiddling’, keep your eyes out for a copy of this fantastic album.