An Evening with Pikelny, Sutton, Bulla, Bales, & Cobb
An Evening of Bluegrass with Noam Pikelny (banjo), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Jesse Cobb (mandolin), Barry Bales (bass), and Luke Bulla (fiddle), marks a historic collaboration between five of the most celebrated acoustic instrumentalists and singers of our time. These musical friends are gathering in concert to share with audiences a musical experience that customarily only happens behind closed doors, whether backstage at a festival or at a Nashville picking party. With each member being a front man in his own right, the band will present an evening of original and classic bluegrass music.
NOAM PIKELNY has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the "pros' top banjo picker," Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers and has helped broaden the awareness of the banjo in the mainstream through numerous collaborations on stage and in the studio. In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass and was recently nominated for a Grammy for his latest solo work, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail.
BRYAN SUTTON Bryan Sutton is one of the most sought after acoustic guitarists on the planet. Sutton entered the bluegrass world in 1995 as a member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder band, playing on two Grammy award© -winning records. After his tenure with Skaggs, Bryan went on to build a career as a top studio guitarist in Nashville. His playing can be heard along side such names as Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, and Harry Connick Jr.. Bryan has also released four solo projects and toured the world with artists such as Bela Fleck and Chris Thile, and as a member of the legendary bluegrass band, Hot Rize. Sutton is a six-time winner of the IBMA's Guitarist of the Year, and received a Grammy in 2007 for "Best Country Instrumental Performance" for his duet recording with Doc Watson.
JESSE COBB is a sought after mandolinist known for his strong rhythmic presence and lyrical leads. Jesse has toured extensively in the US and Europe, taught at major festivals and camps, and as a member of The Infamous Stringdusters, has won awards and accolades from the Bluegrass and Americana communities including a Grammy nomination for the band in 2011. Jesse works as a freelance musician as well as performing as The Cobb Brothers Duo with Shad Cobb.
BARRY BALES Barry Bales was born and raised in the music-rich hills of East Tennessee. A member of Alison Krauss + Union Station for the past 23 years, he has carved out a successful career as band member, session musician, producer, and songwriter. He has worked with such diverse artists as Merle Haggard, the Civil Wars, Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello, the Chieftains, and Shania Twain. He was heavily involved in the making of the soundtrack for the movie "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?." Additionally, Barry has received 14 Grammy awards, one Country Music Association award, one Academy of Country Music award, and 11 International Bluegrass Music Association awards, including Bass Player of the Year in 2008.
LUKE BULLA began playing fiddle and singing at an early age. As a young man, he made his mark on the fiddle contest world with 7 wins at the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest, where he set a new record as the youngest person to make the top 10 at the Grand Masters. For the last 14 years, Luke has been working as a session player, songwriter, and live performer with artists such as Ricky Skaggs, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, and Lyle Lovett. Luke released his first solo EP in 2012, and he is currently finishing a new recording slated for release in early 2014.