Friday, 18 July 2014
Hi folks,

We had a great time over the 4th and hope you enjoyed some of the new songs. We're continuing to work on our new album and we'll have more on that to come soon. In the meantime...

Paul's trio Haas Kowert Tice just officially released its debut album, You Got This, which consists of nine original instrumental tracks. Here's Paul's short story of the band and the making of You Got This:
 
We're 27 now. We met each other when we were about 20 at various musical gatherings (festivals, camps). Hearing and playing with each other was quite a thrill, and we instantly liked hanging out as well. Brittany Haas was at Princeton, I was in Philly at Curtis, and Jordan Tice was at Towson in Maryland... and had a car.  Jordan would pick me up (the bass rides shotgun in a sedan) and we'd head out to Princeton to crash Britt's dorm room. Among our first gigs were a Princeton fundraising event and a (newly created) Curtis Square Dance.

When graduation time came, Britt joined the band Crooked Still (with Aoife O'Donovan), I joined Punch Brothers, and Jordan moved to Boston where there were many people to collaborate with and write for. We continued playing together in different combinations but it wasn't until early 2013 that we reconvened as a trio. We jumped in Britt's mom's car for a West Coast tour, Jordan's parents' car for an East Coast tour, and trains for gigs around NYC. It quickly became clear that we needed to write new material and make a new record, so we started putting blocks in the calendar to stay in Brooklyn and work on new music together, rather than hit the road and make some cash. We're glad we did.

You Got This includes two tracks written by Brittany, two by me, and five by Jordan, although none of the tracks would be anywhere near the same without the collaboration. We pitched in on each others' writing and arranging each in our own different way.

This story leaves out a lot of beer drunk, bass cases slept-on, late drives from Boston to NYC, and general goofing off. More on that later.
 

Noam will be heading back out on the road for another run with Stuart Duncan this October. The tour kicks off at Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh and works its way up the coast to New England before looping back down to Kentucky. You can check out the details over on Noam's site. To get a taste of what Noam and Stuart sound like together, here are their rehearsal videos from the last round of shows.

Best,
Punch Brothers HQ
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