It's been a while since we last wrote and we have quite a bit to catch you all up on and as is often the case, let's lead with a bunch of new tour dates.
Here's a rundown: a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show, two more UK dates in Perth and Shetland, Bumbershoot in Seattle, ELLNORA in Urbana, IL, TURF in Toronto, Roots N Blues N BBQ in Columbia, MO, and Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, TN.
Paul's trio, Haas Kowert Tice, was just in Franklin last night and has two shows in Asheville and Hickory, NC in early June, plus a slot supporting The Lonesome Trio in Nashville at 3rd and Lindsley.
Critter is back on his feet after his ACL injury and has a pair of dates this weekend with Julian Lage in Grass Valley, CA and Rouyn-Noranda, QC. They'll be back out west a few weeks later with shows in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, CA.
Noam has his own West Coast trip coming up soon with Stuart Duncan at the beginning of June with dates in Portland, LA, and Berkeley before heading inland for Pagosa Folk 'N Bluegrass in Colorado.
As for Thile, it's still a ways off, but he'll be taking a new Bach-leaning solo program on the road this fall. A few of those have already announced (you can find the specifics below) and more will be announced over the coming months.
If you plan to come out to one of the upcoming PB shows, we recommend checking out our wares at the merch table but as we can't make our way to all of you, many of the new designs have been added to the online shop.
Front Row Boston were on hand filming the show in Boston at the House of Blues in March and have put the full set up online (along with some interview segments with Gabe and Thile). You can watch that here.
Now for just a few more videos you may have missed. The boys broke out their cover of The Strokes' "Reptilia" for the new season of The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover. A different variety of throwback, here's "Rye Whiskey" being recorded to an Edison-style cylinder with help from the Center of Popular Music - the playback starts about halfway through the video.
Greg at Punch Brothers HQ
We'll keep this one short but as promised, we have more summer dates to share with you all. In late August, we've added shows in New Orleans, LA, Oxford, MS and Tulsa, OK around Fayetteville Roots. We'll continue west into September with stops in Boulder, CO, Boise, ID, Bend and Jacksonville, OR.
A few new festival dates have been added as well: Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA and Hot August Music Festival in Cockeysville, MD. For those coming to Telluride, we'll be closing out the weekend with our Sunday NightGrass show at Sheridan Opera House. That ticket lottery is open now.
Due to a recent ACL-tear, Critter has been forced to cancel his upcoming duo shows with Julian Lage up through May 10th. They'll plan to return once his leg is healed up and their schedules allow. You can keep up with their duo on Facebook and wish Critter a quick recovery! **Please note Julian will now be performing solo in Collinsville, Newtown and Cambridge, MA - existing tickets to these shows will be honored. Refunds will be given at point of purchase.
For some additional reading, here's Thile's recent in-depth interview with The Bluegrass Situation about The Phosphorescent Blues.
Greg at Punch Brothers HQ
The spring tour starts tonight! Our friends at Landland designed another limited-edition tour poster for us to sell during this run at the merch table.
We've scheduled a short return trip to the UK at Royal Festival Hall in London on August 1st and Cambridge Folk Festival on the 2nd. We've also been added to the lineup for Milwaukee's Summerfest on June 26 and most of our new US dates with Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn this July are on sale now. You can find all those details on the tour page.
In other touring news, Critter and Julian Lage are getting the band back together. Over the next few months they'll be touring east of the Mississippi (plus St. Louis), with a couple of dates in California for good measure. You can pick up a copy of their new-ish album Avalon here or out on the road.
Noam and Stuart Duncan will be playing the world famous Station Inn in Nashville on May 8 as they gear up for their West Coast run together in June.
If you missed it on our Facebook and Twitter, the boys made a visit to NPR Music's Tiny Desk and CBS This Morning for a Saturday Session.
Greg at Punch Brothers HQ
We have some exciting new dates to announce! The boys will be teaming up with Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn for a handful of shows this summer in Cincinnati, OH, Chautauqua, NY, Roanoke and Vienna, VA. After parting ways with Béla and Abby, they'll stop by Raleigh, NC for a show at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The on-sale dates vary a bit so you'll have to check the specifics on the tour page.
The Winter Tour is nearly wrapped up and it's been fantastic seeing so many of you who were able to come out in spite of the snow that chased us down the East Coast. Things finish off later this week in Philly, NYC, Boston, and Portland, ME with Gaby Moreno. Here's the limited-edition tour poster, designed by the fine folks at Landland, that we've been selling during this run. If we don't run out of stock at the final four shows, they'll be added to our shop so keep an eye out.
The Phosphorescent Blues was just released on vinyl this past week! You can pick it up in our shop or at your local record store but if vinyl isn't your thing, there's always iTunes or the full digital download that comes with each ticket to our upcoming tour.
A bit of an explanation about the vinyl-exclusive tracks as a few of you have asked: it mostly came down to a matter of practicality as we couldn't fit the record on two sides of vinyl which meant we needed a second disk/a third side. We had a few extra songs sitting around that we were pleased with so we chose to include those on what would have been an otherwise-empty fourth side. Those tracks will most likely make it into digital format at some point and we'll be sure to let you know when we have specifics.
We'll leave you with a few things to watch that you may have missed. Here's Debussy's Suite bergamasque: 4. Passepied from A Prairie Home Companion, "Magnet" on Conan, and a series of songs performed Live @ CMT.
Greg at Punch Brothers HQ
Hi. It's Paul, writing from a sprinter van somewhere between Bremen and Hamburg.
We've been eagerly awaiting the day when we could share our new album, The Phosphorescent Blues, with the world. And now, just like that... it's out! You can buy a CD from us or get a digital copy on iTunes. The vinyl (with four extra tracks on the fourth side) will come out on February 24th, but you get an instant digital download when you buy it from our shop (pre-orderers get their link today, details here).
And just a reminder, every ticket purchased to our upcoming North American tour includes a digital download of the new album. Anyone who purchased tickets online will receive an instruction email with your unique code(s), so be sure to check your inbox. Those who purchased a ticket in person should have received a unique code with their ticket. Please visit punchbrothers.com/redemptions for instructions on how to redeem your album.
We played our first shows with The Phosphorescent Blues in Dublin, London, and Glasgow last week. On top of playing fiddle and singing in the show, Gabe is also playing some drums. It's been fun. His bass drum has goat hair on it. The North American tour begins February 20th with three nights at the 9:30 Club in DC (the first two nights are sold out but tickets are now available for the third, with Mikaela Davis as support). Since we last wrote, we've also confirmed that we'll be returning to Owensboro, KY this year for ROMP. You can find all the details and ticket links on the tour page.
We'll be hosting a listening party and Q&A on our Facebook page later this week. The invitation with timing specifics will be on Facebook and Twitter soon. We'll all hit play at the same time and chat about the album track-by-track as we listen together. Usually I like to provide soft lighting, libations (the variety depends on the hour), and a comfortable couch or chair. Just a suggestion. And turn it up.
Thanks for all the nice shout-outs we've already gotten about the record. See you at the show...