Described by Steve Martin as “an absolutely joyous, riveting, beautifully syncopated example of the beauty of the banjo,” Ned Luberecki’s new album, Take Five, demonstrates he is a master of his instrument, adept in multiple styles.
As banjo player for the award winning Becky Buller Band; one half of the duo Nedski & Mojo, and host of Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Derailed and More Banjo Sunday, he is known not only for his banjo prowess, but also for his wit and humor. Respected as both a traditional and progressive player, Ned toured extensively in the United States and Europe as a member of Chris Jones and the Night Drivers for over a decade before joining the Becky Buller Band. He’s also been a member of Paul Adkins and the Borderline Band, the Rarely Herd, and Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, and has appeared with such artists as Jim Lauderdale, Tony Trischka, and Ray Stevens.
Take Five is a reflection of this musical diversity, presenting fiddle and banjo tunes, instrumentals, and traditional Bluegrass interspersed with jazz standards, classic Buck Owens, and even the theme to Star Trek. Many of Ned’s musical friends make appearances, Including three IBMA Female Vocalists of the Year: Dale Ann Bradley, Amanda Smith and Becky Buller; the instrumental talents of Jeremy Garrett, Missy Raines, Mike Compton, David Grier, Ethan Ballinger, Casey Campbell and Rob Ickes; his former bandmates Chris Jones & The Night Drivers and even an appearance by Nedski & Mojo (Stephen Mougin), making Take Five a sort of retrospective and reminding us that however we know Ned Luberecki - sideman, teacher, on-air radio personality - it all springs from his first love, the banjo.