ROSS NICKERSON, “Bluegrass Banjo: Let’s Kick It,” Bones Records. 14 tracks

Ross Nickerson, a banjo player and teacher (, has released a new album of banjo tunes backed by members of Blue Highway.

He wrote two tracks — “Roundhouse” and “Feeling Low.”

But this is primarily an album of familiar bluegrass tunes.

The album features five Bill Monroe tunes — “Kentucky Mandolin,” “Old Dangerfield,” “Bluegrass Breakdown,” “Jerusalem Ridge” and “Wheel Hoss” — along with Jim & Jesse McReynolds’ “Dixie Hoedown.”

Traditional tunes include “Cluck Old Hen,” “Little Maggie,” “Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky,” “You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming” and “John Henry.”

Nickerson also takes on George and Ira Gershwin’s “Lady Be Good.”

Most are instrumentals, but Tim Stafford and Wayne Taylor add vocals to “Little Maggie” and “John Henry.”

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