Universal Favorite Out Now

Howdy Folks!

Noam, here, with some news that will surely change your life.

I'm thrilled to announce that my new album, Universal Favorite, is no longer available for pre-order! TRANSLATION: My record has finally been released. It is now available for purchase at large corporate retailers such as The Official Noam Pikelny web store but it can also be found at your favorite mom-and-pop streaming services.

I kicked off the tour last night in Bellingham, WA and will be stopping in 27 other non-Bellingham cities over the next five weeks. Next week, I’m in Colorado with special guest Courtney Hartman opening the shows in Denver, Beaver Creek and Aspen.  I'm tickled to finally return to the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis and the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Alas, there are just too many shows to call out individually. Can we agree that the concert listed on the tour page that is closest to you is by far the most important and deserves your most immediate action?

Rather than continuing on with more of my life story, I’m going to keep this brief and instead point you to a short film I made that essentially tells my ENTIRE life story and offers some insight into the record making process behind Universal Favorite:

Best,
Noam

Universal Favorite Pre-Order, New York and Boston this Weekend, Nashville Added

Howdy Folks!

Noam, here, with some news that will surely change your life.

My new album, Universal Favorite, is now available for pre-order, and not a moment too soon. Solo banjo album futures are the perfect safe-haven for your hard earned money in these turbulent and uncertain times.

For those you of feeling bullish, you can pre-order the album as a bundle with a new Matthew Diffee designed Universal Favorite t-shirt, which perfectly captures the essence of my solo shows.

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All pre-orders come with immediate downloads of my new tune “Waveland” and my take on Josh Ritter’s “Folk Bloodbath.” I had the honor of getting to play "Waveland" on stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville this last Saturday, as part of A Prairie Home Companion, you can watch video of that here.

The official album release tour begins on March 2nd. If you just can’t wait until then, you’ll have to find a way to Hudson, NY this Friday or Cambridge, MA on Saturday. I’ll be at the beautiful Sanders Theatre, where I’m pretty sure Winston Churchill once also performed a solo banjo show. I’m incredibly lucky to have the brilliant Anaïs Mitchell kicking things off in Cambridge.

New shows have been added in March and April since my last missive, so be sure to the review all the dates on the tour page to avoid living a life filled with regret.

Hope to see you soon.

Best,
Noam

Universal Favorite

Howdy Folks!

Noam, here, with some news that will surely change your life.

I’m thrilled to announce a new solo album, Universal Favorite, and an album release tour, both coming March 2017.  I’m less thrilled to announce that 42 minutes of music is all I have to show for an entire year of my life.

Finally, I have a record that I can legally refer to as a solo album, as the music on Universal Favorite is performed all by my lonesome, without any band or accompaniment. The album is a collection of new music of mine paired with some songs that other people crafted that were never properly performed or recorded. Until now. On Universal Favorite, I play banjo. I sing. I play flat-top guitar, telecaster, and some other oddball instruments. And no, that’s not a typo- I do, in fact, sing on this record. My fellow Punch Brother, Gabe Witcher, produced the record and assured me, soon after we agreed on his fee, that my singing is now safe for public consumption, thanks to my hard work and the nearly complete demonetization of the recorded music industry.

Pre-order details will be announced after the holidays. In the meantime, if you’d like a sneak peek, you can stream the first track off the record, “Waveland,” right here. As of writing, YouTube comments have yet to be disabled.

If you’re hell bent on spending money towards my well-being in the near term, I’d suggest buying tickets to one of the many tour dates on the tour page. Most tickets go on sale this Friday, December 9th.

I’m proud to say that Universal Favorite will be my debut release on Rounder Records, an institution that has had an impact on my life on par with the Chicago Cubs, my parents, and British Knights sneakers. I’d wager that I wouldn’t be making a living playing music if it weren’t for the music propagated by Rounder over the last 36 years. So I think it’s proper that they now share some of the risk.

Best,

Noam

(Photo credit: Justin Camerer)

And Then There Was One.

Then Three.

And after that Five.

And then maybe back to One again before Five.

Wait, maybe it’s Three first?

Sorry Folks. What I’m trying to communicate is the surely life changing news that I have some solo, Michael Daves Trio, and Punch Brothers shows coming up real soon.

I debuted my one man show this February and since then, no person, state government, or divine power has compelled me to stop. My business folks have told me repeatedly that I shouldn’t over-saturate and that “the people will come to you.” Therefore, my only solo shows this summer will be in San Diego, CA, Portland, OR, Winnipeg, MB & Takarazuka, Japan. Please choose the city closest to you.

If you’re curious/skeptical about my solo show, I’ve posted a few videos from a show in Ohio in February for your immediate review: Kenny Baker - Bill Monroe Medley & Josh Ritter’s “Folk Blood Bath.” Feel free to use the YouTube comments section to let me know which of the four shows you’ll be attending.

My buddy Michael Daves has a new trio, and I’m 1/3 of it (much more by mass). Along with fiddler Brittany Haas, we’ll be playing this Thursday in Philadelphia, and then heading on to Boston and Northampton. Here’s a clip of us playing “June Apple” backstage at the Violence and Orchids album release.

If nothing that I’ve mentioned so far is appealing to you, perhaps you should consider Punch Brothers, a 5-piece band described by the Boston Globe as “arousing.” We’ll be playing all over the world this summer - hope to see you soon.

Best,
Noam