Eddie and Alonzo Pennington/Josh Graves Jr. and Kenny Baker (#1015)

Thumb-picked country ragtime shares the spotlight with traditional bluegrass.


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Playing country ragtime numbers with his son Alonzo, Western Kentucky native Eddie Pennington has appeared throughout the United States, including a performance at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. “Thumbpicking and bluegrass are a big part of Kentucky, and they deserve to be carried forward for a long time,” he says.

The old-time sounds continue on this edition of Jubilee when Josh Graves Jr. and Kenny Baker take the stage with their five-man band. Graves and Baker have been performing classic bluegrass together for more than two decades.

Before that, Baker played with Bill Monroe for 23 years. One of today’s most imitated fiddlers, he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

Graves, the son of “Uncle” Josh Graves—the man who brought the dobro to bluegrass—has performed with Ferlin Husky, the Compton Brothers, Carl Smith, and the Earl Scruggs Review.