We had such a fantastic time performing for you all during the American Acoustic tour over the summer and are looking ahead to a busy fall!
If you weren't able to make it to a show over the summer or forgot to swing by the merch table, new t-shirt designs have been added to our online store.
We're spent last week at Oberlin working on material for the next album and performed on campus at Finney Chapel.
We have one more show currently on the books in Storrs Mansfield, CT in April but otherwise things will be a bit quiet on the PB front until we have some new music for you all. That said, there are plenty of other projects and tours to hold you over in the meantime. You can find all the dates on the tour page, but here's a bit of a breakdown of what everyone's up to:
Paul's trio, Haas Kowert Tice, has added mandolinist Dominick Leslie as a fourth member and now go by the name Hawktail! Watch the video for their new song "Unless" and visit hawktailmusic.com to check out their upcoming West Coast tour dates. They also have a new album coming soon, keep an eye on their new Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
Congratulations are in order as last week Noam won the IBMA's Banjo Player of the Year award for the second time! His fall solo tour begins later this month and will take him all across the states. For a preview of the show, here's Noam performing "Hen of the Woods" at Paste Studios in NYC.
It's just about time for American Acoustic! We're so excited to get out on the road with I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan) and Julian Lage starting this weekend. If you missed it, here's Chris giving a bit more background on what to expect at the shows:
Due to extenuating circumstances surrounding the timing of the birth of Gabe Witcher’s second child, he is unable to join us for this weekend’s shows at ROMP Festival, The Ryman in Nashville, and The Bijou in Knoxville. We’re pleased to announce that our friend Alex Hargreaves will be joining the band on fiddle for all three of these shows, and in addition, honorary Punch Sisters Sarah Jarosz will join us onstage at ROMP and Aoife O’Donovan will join us in Nashville and Knoxville. We wish Gabe and his family the best and look forward to making these shows special!
Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, and Edgar Meyer just released their Bach Trios album this past Friday and you can pick up a CD or digital copy today (vinyl arrives April 21). They're about to head out on tour together for a largely sold out run, before Chris meets up with Béla Fleck in May for a duo tour. Later this fall, Chris and Brad Mehldau will perform together both stateside and abroad in support of their recent self-titled album, stay tuned for a few more dates on that front.
Critter and Julian Lage are in Hawaii this week to start the West Coast leg of their Release The Hounds tour with Aoife O'Donovan. Be sure to check out their latest album, Mount Royal, if you haven't just yet.
Paul's trio, Haas Kowert Tice, will continue their Station Inn residency in Nashville on April 19 before their Southeast tour kicks off in May.
We are thoroughly excited to announce that American Acoustic - Punch Brothers, I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan), and Julian Lage - will be heading out on tour this summer!
American Acoustic had its beginnings as a weekend-long festival curated by Chris Thile at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC last June. The weekend culminated in a show including Punch Brothers and I’m With Her, with half the show devoted to extensive collaboration between all the musicians.
As Thile noted, “We started discussing how to make this tour happen as we were walking offstage. On one hand, there was that delightful sense of discovery and almost childish wonder that you hope for when working with musicians you admire in a new context, but on the other, the kind of artistic compatibility and ease of communication you usually only experience in longstanding collaborations. These shows will be designed to give us (and you!) the opportunity to explore more thoroughly the myriad possibilities we caught a glimpse of that night."
Noam's new solo album, Universal Favorite, just came out this past Friday and he's currently out on tour throughout the US. You can pick up a copy of the album here and visit noam.net/tour to get tickets to a show. Noam made a short film detailing his life story that offers some insight into the making of the album:
Critter and Julian Lage's new album, Mount Royal, was also released since we last wrote and their tour is continuing on strong for the next two months. This stretch includes their Release The Hounds tour dates with Aoife O'Donovan which will give a bit of a preview of some of the collaboration you'll see at American Acoustic. For another taste of Critter and Julian performing together, here's the duo's version of Eddie Vedder's "Sleeping By Myself," which you'll find on Mount Royal:
Thile's second season as host of A Prairie Home Companion will start this fall and in the meantime, they've added a pair of shows this May in St. Paul. But before all that, Chris will head off to Europe next week for a solo tour, followed by his Bach Trio dates in the US with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer in support of their upcoming album. You can find these and more of his upcoming shows on the tour page.
Tickets are on sale now for Haas Kowert Tice's Southeast tour and they've added a pair of dates at the end of the run in Carrboro, NC and Vienna, VA.