Firstly, I hope you're well! Secondly, allow me to introduce you to American Acoustic, a festival of my very own curation made possible and hosted by the fine folks at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. It's essentially a celebration of, well, American acoustic music, the traditions of which it consists, and the unquenchable spirit of innovation that has forged (and continues to forge!) all great musical traditions.
The collection of musicians performing over this four day affair are some of the finest, most creative, and accomplished known to me. A couple of them I've grown up idolizing, a bunch of them I've grown up with/marveling at, and every last one of them YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE. My sincerest thanks to Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, my fellow Punch Brothers, I'm With Her, Michael Daves, Merrill Garbus, Gabriel Kahane, and Julian Lage for joining me on this adventure, and I hope to see all of you in our nation's capital this June! kennedy-center.org/calendar/series/AAC
We're very excited to announce our first-ever trip to Tokyo in August followed by an overdue return to Australia! We'll be performing at Blue Note Tokyo for a total of six shows over three days - August 3-5. Tickets go on sale next month, you can find details here.
Our return to Australia begins in Brisbane on August 9 at QPAC followed by Adelaide International Guitar Festival, City Recital Hall in Sydney, and Melbourne Recital Centre. Tickets are on sale now.
For those of you in the States, our spring tour is fast approaching. We covered the where and when in our last email, but this time around we're glad to be able to say Gabriel Kahane is joining us again on this run. You can find all the dates and links below.
To commemorate the start of spring, we're running a sale in our shop with 20% off select items, including new hoodies and hats from the merch table during the winter tour.
We'll leave you with a check-in on what else the boys are up to in the coming months:
• Critter and Julian Lage are in Richmond, VA tonight followed by Roanoke, VA and Danville, KY to close out the week. They'll also head to San Francisco and Denver next month.
• Paul's trio, Haas Kowert Tice, has three shows at the Savannah Music Festival on April 4.
• Noam will take on hosting duties and perform at the inaugural The Bluegrass Situation North at Winnipeg Folk Festival on July 8. You can read more about the event here. On the way north, he'll stop in Portland, OR on July 6 at Mississippi Studios for a solo show. Stay tuned for a few more dates to be added shortly.
• Thile will be performing with Béla Fleck at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival on July 16. Keep an eye on Chris's Facebook page for additional duo dates to be announced soon.
We're excited to announce that we'll be back out on the road this spring!
Things kick off in Charleston, SC on April 29 for a special night at Charleston Music Hall with Dave Rawlings Machine followed by a trip down to New Orleans for Jazz Fest on May 1. Tickets are on sale now for both.
That leads into two straight weeks of shows in May starting in Nashville on the 2nd. The tour includes dates in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin before wrapping up with two nights in Chicago on May 13-14. As with the December tour, our single valiant Neumann U-89 microphone will be carrying the amplification load each night of this run.
You can find all the specifics on the tour page; limited pre-sale tickets will be available at PunchBrothers.com starting tomorrow, February 2, at 10am local time. The public on sale will follow this Friday, February 5.
Before the tour, we'll head to Cincinnati for Bryce Dessner of The National's MusicNOW Festival on March 20. Thile will have his own solo set at the fest on the 18th.
We'll also be making our way out west to California for The Huck Finn Jubilee in Ontario on June 12, our annual pilgrimage to Colorado for Telluride Bluegrass Fesitval (June 16-19), and the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, OR on July 5.
There are quite a few other dates to circle on your calendar:
• Noam's solo tour kicks off this Thursday and will keep him on the road all month
• Paul's trio, Haas Kowert Tice, has a Nashville date on Feb 26 and three shows at the Savannah Music Festival on April 4
• Thile has a pair of solo shows at the end of February in Fernandina Beach, FL and Madison, GA
• Critter has a handful of duo dates with Julian Lage in March and April
If you missed the Thile-hosted episode of A Prairie Home Companion this past weekend - featuring Ben Folds, Brandi Carlile, Ed Helms, Sarah Jarosz, and a full complement of Punch Brothers - you can replay it now here.
Thile is hosting again this upcoming Saturday with guests Paul Simon, Andrew Bird, Maria Bamford, Sarah Jarosz, and 4/5th of PB (Noam will be busy with his aforementioned solo tour). You can watch a live stream at prairiehome.org or catch the archive shortly after the show here.
The December tour is wrapping up this week with just a few shows remaining in Charlottesville, VA, Durham, NC, and Knoxville, TN on Friday and Saturday.
For those who couldn't make it out this month, you'll be able to watch a live stream of the Charlottesville show tomorrow night, December 16, starting at 9:05pm ET courtesy of Yahoo Music.
If you enjoy the live stream, please consider swinging by the digital version of the merch table post-show. You can pick up the new EP, The Wireless, and as we're in the midst of holiday season, get 25% off all apparel, posters, and accessories.
Looking ahead to next year, we'll be making our return to RockyGrass in Lyons, CO on Sunday, July 31. Three-day passes are sold out but there are still some limited single-day Friday and Sunday tickets remaining.
Before the year closes out, those of you in NYC now have two chances to see Thile and Brad Mehldau at Bowery Ballroom on December 28 as they've recently added a late show (limited tickets remain for the early show here).
We're proud that The Phosphorescent Blues was recently Grammy-nominated for Best Americana Album and "Julep" picked up two nods in American Roots Song and Performance. More so, we're thankful to all of you for your ongoing support and look forward to another great year.
Greetings, Fellow Music Lovers!
December means holiday parties, holiday parties mean punch, and punch means won't you please consider purchasing a copy of our new EP and/or (but especially "and") tickets to see whether or not all five of us can make it through an entire show gathered around a single microphone without losing an eye?
The EP is called The Wireless and consists of four songs that were previously only available on the vinyl edition of The Phosphorescent Blues and one brand spanking new song, all of which we look forward to breaking in live on the December tour.
1. In Wonder
2. The Hops of Guldenberg
3. Sleek White Baby
4. No More. Yet
Amazon MP3 and CD
And about that tour: as mentioned above, every performance will be amplified exclusively by one heroic Neumann U-89 (with a little sidekick-style help from a mic clipped on to the bass), because frankly, in nice halls like the ones we're lucky enough to be visiting this December, the less electricity the better.
You'll find all the details on the splash page, but here are the important bits one more time for good measure: new EP; imminent tour; the month of December; holiday parties; punch.
Hope to see you soon!
We're very excited to announce our new EP, The Wireless, which will be released on November 20 on Nonesuch Records!
1. In Wonder
2. The Hops of Guldenberg
3. Sleek White Baby
4. No More. Yet
You may recognize some of these songs from our live shows or from the bonus fourth side of the double vinyl release of The Phosphorescent Blues. Much like Ahoy! with Who's Feeling Young Now?, we recorded more than we could include on The Phosphorescent Blues so we're glad to be able to share the rest of these with you all.
We have CD and t-shirt pre-order options in our shop or you can head to iTunes if you're solely looking for digital. Whichever you choose, you'll receive an instant download of "Sleek White Baby" along with your pre-order.
"Sleek White Baby" includes words written by our good friend and touring companion, Gabriel Kahane, and a vocal cameo by another pal, Ed Helms. Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the recording:
Don't forget that we'll be back out on the road in December and these songs should work their way into the setlists, so we'd recommend securing your tickets now if you haven't. You can find all dates and details on the tour page.
Press Round Up – March 5, 2012
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