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.
We have another handful of Punch Brothers dates in early June to announce - namely, shows in Austin, Dallas, and Kansas City! A limited supply of pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow, February 22 at 10am CT at PunchBrothers.com with the public on-sale following this Friday. In case you missed it last time, a Nashville date at the Ryman was added on June 24 and some tickets are still available here.
The Bach trio is touring in April and May in support of the album and limited tickets are still available for select dates. Later in May, Chris and Béla Fleck have a short duo tour which just recently added shows in Charleston, SC and Charlotte, NC. You can find details and ticket links on the tour page.
Critter and Julian Lage's duo tour is underway and will keep them out on the road until the end of April so if you're in the US, there's a very good chance they're coming your way. This Friday marks the release of their new album, Mount Royal, and you can pre-order CD, vinyl, and tee bundles on their Bandcamp or get a digital copy on iTunes and Amazon. In the meantime, head over to American Songwriter to check out their new song "Greener Grass."
Noam's new solo album, Universal Favorite, comes out next month and he's just shared a new track, "Sugar Maple." For a preview of his solo shows (the album release tour kicks off March 2), here's Noam performing "Waveland" on A Prairie Home Companion. Visit NoamPikelny.com for all your pre-order options and to peruse his tour dates.
The Bluegrass Situation spoke with Gabe about his expanding role as a producer within Punch Brothers and on other projects, including Noam and Critter's upcoming albums. You can read the interview here.
We're very excited to announce our return to the Ryman in Nashville for a show on June 24, following our trip to ROMP in Owensboro, KY. Limited pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Jan 31, starting at 10am CT at PunchBrothers.com with the public on-sale following this Friday.
Thile's duo album with Brad Mehldau just came out this past Friday, you can pick up CD and vinyl from Chris's shop or Nonesuch Records or a digital copy on iTunes. Be sure to check out the final three episodes of this season of A Prairie Home Companion and if you're in Europe, get your tickets now for his solo tour in March. Later in the spring, Chris's Bach trio tour with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer is nearly sold out and he'll follow that with a new batch of duo dates with Béla Fleck in May, including a set at DelFest in Cumberland, MD.
Noam has a handful of solo dates coming up in February, including a special show with Anaïs Mitchell at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA, before his album release tour goes into full swing in March. You can find details at Noam.net/tour and pre-order his album, Universal Favorite, on CD/vinyl + tees or digitally on iTunes and Amazon.
Critter and Julian Lage's duo tour is also fast approaching with a Valentine's Day show at Interlochen with Aoife O'Donovan to kick things off. Their album, Mount Royal, comes out February 24 and you can get a preview and check out their dates at LageEldridge.com. They have their own CD, vinyl, and tee pre-orders available on their Bandcamp and here's iTunes and Amazon if you prefer.