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Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan 

When: Sat., June 28, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $27-$37
In writing recommendations for musicians, it’s an easy trick to describe their work as somebody-esque, the “somebody” being the name of a more accomplished artist whose style a musician’s work evokes. For artists like Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan, however, writers don’t get such easy shortcuts. Pikelny and Duncan are the names you use to praise other banjoists and fiddlers. They’ve each set a standard on their instrument so high that even if they wanted to, there wouldn’t be any coattails left for them ride. The two musicians are currently on tour as a duo, three pieces fewer than a full five-piece bluegrass band. But if yer up on yer hist’ry, you know that not too long ago, the timeless chemistry of the banjo and fiddle was all you needed for an old-time band. Pikelny’s and Duncan’s techniques have obviously leapt miles past the old-time style, but in their hands the unique synergy of the two instruments is as strong as ever — plenty of reason to make the drive to Franklin. CHARLIE WOODLIEF


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