- From Jenkins, Kentucky
- Played fiddle with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys on four different occasions (1957-1984). Longest stint: 17½ years from March ‘67 to October ‘84.
- Bill Monroe frequently called him “the greatest bluegrass fiddler in the world.”
- First pro job: Don Gibson’s band (1953).
- 1984, (after leaving Bill Monroe’s band) he played and recorded an album with friends Bob Black, Alan Murphy, and Aleta Murphy.
- 1990-91, recorded and toured with a group called “The Masters” (Kenny, Josh Graves, Byron Berline and Eddie Adcock).
- 1990’s, performed and recorded as a duo with Josh Graves.
- 1999, was inducted into the IBMA’s Hall of Fame.
- 2011, passed away at the age of 85.
- 2014, banjo player Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) won an IBMA Award for his cover of Kenny Baker’s classic album Plays Bill Monroe on the banjo: Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe.