Monday, 17 November 2014
Howdy Folks!

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

Without further ado - it gives me great joy to finally announce that we will very soon be announcing a new album, to be released early next year.  Unfortunately, at this time, none of us can tell you anything more about it. We do have vague memories of writing music with each other over the past two years and more recently recording with a very tall man, quite possibly T-Bone Burnett. Currently, we have nothing more concrete to share other than this BRAND NEW SONG, “I BLEW IT OFF.” We sincerely hope you like the music, and are super impressed by our collective ability to stand super still for this high concept music video:


We'll be in touch soon with more details, including how to pre-order, and also hopefully other info like the album title, track listing, etc. Be sure to keep an eye out for our next email (and on Facebook and Twitter), which Chris Thile has promised to write personally.

OK, enough with the name dropping, we have a massive North American (yes, you, too, Canada) tour to announce!  There are so many details on this tour that you're just going to have to visit the tour page to see the full list. There’s just no other way. Public tickets go on sale Friday but a limited pre-sale will start tomorrow at 10am local time. It’s against my best judgement to put sensitive password information in an email, but you’re going to need this for the pre-sale:

username: punchbrothers (if they ask)
password: pb2015tour

Every ticket purchased for this North American tour includes a digital download of the album on its release date early next year.

You may have missed this if you don't live and breathe our Facebook and Twitter (shame on you), but we'll be heading to the UK and Ireland in late January for a quick three-city run in Dublin, London, and Glasgow. We've just added a second night at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on January 25. Tickets for the new date will go on sale this Friday.

Punch Brothers will be kicking back into high gear in January, so you must act fast if you’re still needing a 2014 fix for Chris “Critter” Eldridge & Paul Kowert unfettered by Gabe Witcher, Chris Thile, or me.  Critter will be performing music from his brand new album, Avalon, with Julian Lage at Symphony Center in Chicago on December 5th. Haas Kowert Tice, Paul’s new trio, a band that is so indie that they can’t afford punctuation, will be doing a midwest run in November and a West Coast tour in December!

We honestly can’t wait to share this new music with you all and we're hoping we’ll be seeing a lot of each other in 2015.  Stay tuned for more on the new album!

Best,

Noam, Chris, Critter, Gabe & Paul
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge are out on the road in the Southeast this week with shows in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida in support of their recently-released album, Avalon. You can find details on the tour and pick up their album at their duo site. Here's a review from The New Yorker of the duo's recent record release show in NYC.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
We're very excited to announce we'll be returning to the UK in January! We'll perform in London at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on Jan 22 followed by Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections on Jan 23. Stay tuned for additional European dates!
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Hi folks,

Thank you all so much for your "Little Lights" vocal submissions! We were overwhelmed by the response and look forward to working them into the final recording.

Critter and Julian Lage are releasing their first full-length record together, Avalon, on October 7th. The album, produced and recorded by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids, is comprised of 11 tracks - a mix of originals and covers - recorded live this past April at the Avalon in Easton, MD. You can preview "Steady Proof" via The Bluegrass Situation here. Pre-orders start September 23rd at LageEldridge.com but we'd suggest heading there now for more details on the album and all of their upcoming tour dates in the coming months.


Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer's new album, Bass & Mandolin, was released this week. For a preview, here's a live video of the duo performing "Why Only One?" in Telluride (courtesy of The Bluegrass Situation and Mason Jar Music). Their tour starts next week and will take them across the US well into October. You can find all the tour dates and pick up the album (and a handsome tee) at ThileMeyer.com. Following the tour with Edgar, Thile will head to Europe for a duo tour with Brad Mehldau. Those dates are all listed on the tour page.


Noam and Aoife O'Donovan are teaming up for a tour this November with Barry Bales and Shad Cobb rounding out their band. They'll be making the rounds of the Southwest and Midwest but for those of you on the East Coast, don't forget Noam's tour with Stuart Duncan coming up in October. Visit Noam.net/tour for all the details.


Paul's trio, Haas Kowert Tice, has a pair of headlining shows next week in Easton, MD and Arlington, VA followed by a set at FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, MA. They also have a date in Wilmington, DE in October with some more dates to be announced soon. If you haven't gotten around to it, check out their album, You Got This. Info at HassKowertTice.com.


As you can see, while we're still a ways out from the new Punch Brothers album and touring, there are plenty of chances to see the boys this fall (and a growing number of albums to tide you over as well).

Best,
Punch Brothers HQ
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Hello, My Vocal-Cord-and-Internet-Having Lovelies!

We Punch Brothers would love to have you sing* a few lines on our new record as kind of a meta reference to its theme.

The lines are from a song called "Little Lights," the studio recording of which we're hoping to grace with a mighty assembly of your individual Voice Memos and GarageBand sessions.

If you're up for it, you’ll find further instructions below along with a scratch track that I recorded as a guide. Have fun, and infinite thanks in advance for participating!

Xo,

Chris T.

* no musical ability needed (or even preferred)

Instructions:

Plug headphones into your computer (or whatever device you're listening on).

Please turn off any noisy air conditioners or fans. Unfortunately, dogs and cats are not eligible to participate due to a last minute breakdown in negotiations with the ASPCA.

Record a voice memo on your iPhone/Android/Smartphone/GarageBand/etc. (If you're using your phone, you may have to email the file to yourself and then upload it from a computer).

Say "1 - 2, 1 - 2 - 3" along with Chris (skip 4 - 5 - 6), rejoin him on "Shine" and sing all remaining lyrics along with the track. Sing the melody in whatever octave is most comfortable.

Please submit your tracks by Thursday, September 4th at noon ET.



Lyrics
Shine little lights of ours
Like Orion's Belt of stars
Connected only from afar
Shine little lights of ours
Like Orion's Belt of stars
Guide us back to where we are



Permissions and Upload

By uploading the audio of my vocal performance of the song “Little Lights” by clicking the “Upload” button below, I hereby: (i) affirm, represent and warrant that I have reached the age of majority in my state of domicile; (ii) grant Nonesuch Records ("Nonesuch"), Punch Brothers ("Artist") and their assigns and designees, a worldwide, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable license to prepare derivative works, display, perform, copy, exhibit, reproduce, distribute, edit, modify, alter and otherwise use or exploit the Audio, in whole or in part (but without obligation), including as part of the song entitled "Little Lights," in perpetuity worldwide in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter devised, including in connection with the advertising, promotion and publicity of Artist; (iii) grant Nonesuch, Artist and their designees express permission to use my name in any manner or media now existing or hereafter devised in connection with the use or exploitation of the Audio or the advertising, marketing or promotion of Artist (but without obligation); (iv) affirm, represent and warrant that I am not a member of AFTRA and no other union has jurisdiction over my services; I own the master recording embodying the Audio or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to grant the foregoing license and that Nonesuch and its designees' use of the Audio will not violate any privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademark rights, contract rights or any other intellectual property rights of any person or entity; and (v) I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH HEREIN.
 
The upload deadline has passed, thank you all so much for your submissions!
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Hi folks,

Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer have teamed up for their second duo album, Bass & Mandolin, due out September 9th. You can pre-order the album (along with an exclusive tee bundle) at ThileMeyer.com and get an instant download of "Tarnation" (which you can stream here).
 

Thile and Edgar will be on the road this September and October for a tour that spans much of the US (with a stop north of the border in Vancouver for good measure). Tickets are on sale now; you can check out the full list at ThileMeyer.com.

Critter and Julian Lage have a new round of dates together in October, focusing mostly on the East Coast but with a few outliers thrown. If you missed their EP together, Close to Picture, you can pick that up here and here's a taste of what their live show is like.

Coming up in NYC this weekend, Critter and Michael Daves will celebrate the music of The Stanley Brothers with two shows at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2. Songs to include lots of Gamblin', Cheatin', Cryin', Poisonin', The Good Lord, Mother, Dad, Cabins, Jails, Ghosts, etc. For a preview, here's their take on "The Rambler's Blues," "She's More To Be Pitied," and "Nobody's Love is Like Mine." Tickets are available here: Sat, Aug 9, Sun, Aug 10, or a two-night pass for both.

Best,
Punch Brothers HQ