Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Hi folks,

If you aren't able to make it to NYC for the sold out three-night New Year's Eve run, we have some good news: Punch Brothers will be back out on the road in March! The tour includes several stops along the East Coast, a few in the Midwest, and a pair of festivals - Savannah Music Festival in Georgia and Suwannee Springfest in Florida.

A limited supply of pre-sale tickets for many of these shows will be available starting tomorrow, November 20th, at 10am local at PunchBrothers.com/Presale, check the tour page for the full list and more on-sale info. Keep an ear out during this run for some tire-kicking of the new material the band's been working on.

Noam & Friends (Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales & Jesse Cobb) will make their rounds of the Northeast in February with shows in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Maine. Expect to hear a few tracks from his latest album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe (available here). Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 22nd, details at NoamPikelny.com/tour

Thile will be keeping himself warm before the March tour with four solo shows in Australia in January and five more in the Southwest US in February. That's followed by one more solo stop in Nashville, a handful of duo shows with Mike Marshall in the Pacific Northwest (and an outlier - Savannah Music Festival), and a date with Brad Mehldau in Minneapolis in April. 

Critter has more shows with Julian Lage on the docket including two at Rockwood in NYC, The Deadly Gentlemen's Ball in Cambridge, MA, Wintergrass in Bellevue, WA, and, you guessed it... Savannah Music Festival. He'll also perform a live score to Fatty Arbuckle's 1917 short comedy Coney Island as part of the New York Guitar Festival on January 21st.

On the Arco-front, Paul is gearing up for a seven-night Southeast tour with Dave Rawlings Machine which starts tomorrow night in Knoxville; you can find those dates here. Looking further ahead, Paul's trio with Brittany Haas and Jordan Tice will have a record coming out in the spring. We'll have more details on that down the road but for now, here's a preview.

We also have some new Punch Brothers and PB-adjacent music that has been released since we last wrote. The soundtrack for the forthcoming Coen Brothers’ film, Inside Llewyn Davis, featuring contributions by the boys throughout, is now available on iTunes and just about every other medium (CD/LP/MP3/FLAC) via Nonesuch RecordsProduced by T Bone Burnett and the Coens, the soundtrack also features performances by Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, and Carey Mulligan. 




Moving from the 1960s to the 1860s, Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War features tracks from Noam Pikelny & David Grisman, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, and plenty of other great folks. You can watch Chris and Michael perform their contribution, "Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel" at this year's Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash here. To learn more about the thirty-two track compilation, visit here or just jump straight to iTunes or Amazon if you prefer. 

Best,
Punch Brothers HQ
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Hi folks,

Today marks the release of Pickles' new album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe and the start of Thile's solo tour but we have plenty of other business to attend to so let's get started:

Noam's new record is now available digitally on iTunes, Amazon, etc and on CD and vinyl in the Punch Brothers Bazaar. If you take a shine to it as we think you will, but really want to picture Noam's infamous wild and emotive movements while playing, you're in luck. He'll be performing plenty of the material during his upcoming tour with Bryan Sutton, Barry Bales, Luke Bulla, and Jesse Cobb later this month, following the NY Banjo Summit run which starts tomorrow night. You can check the tour page for all the dates as is the tradition, but those east of the Mississippi have a reasonably decent shot of seeing him. Here's a video of him playing "Wheel Hoss" from the new album with Sutton, Bales, Bulla & Cobb from his recent show at FreshGrass to get an idea of what to expect. 

Thile has a pretty jam-packed touring slate as well with his transatlantic solo tour kicking off tonight in Seattle, but we're excited to announce some more. He'll be teaming up with the ever-fantastic Mike Marshall for three mandolin-filled nights in the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Eugene, and Bellevue to be specific) in early 2014, details on the tour page.  To gear up for the solo tour and get into the Bachtoberfest spirit, here's a video from Thile's recent appearance on A Prairie Home Companion and keep an eye out at the merch table for the recently-released vinyl version of his Bach recording.

If you don't have plans yet for this Saturday and live in either the greater-NYC or Madison, CT areas (and who doesn't really), we have some recommendations. Critter will join up with Michael Daves in NYC at Rockwood to play songs exclusively by the Stanley Brothers (tickets) and in Madison, Paul will be performing and holding a workshop with Brittany Haas and Jordan Tice at Fire in the Kitchen

Closing things out on the Punch Brothers front, the New Year's Eve show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC is now sold out! Tickets for the first two nights are going quickly as well (and there may be a few 3-day passes still kicking around at the time of writing this) so we wouldn't suggest waiting too long to grab yours. 

Best,
Punch Brothers HQ
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Hi folks,

It's officially a tradition: Punch Brothers are returning to New York City for another three-night New Year's run at Bowery Ballroom! If you'd like to spend your New Year's Eve (and the two preceding nights) with us, a batch of pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Sept 18, at 10am ET at PunchBrothers.com/Presale.

To really get your money's worth, there will be a handful of 3-day passes available and if you'd like to go ahead and reserve one of the limited-edition posters we have in the works for the run, you can add that on with your ticket and pick it up at the show. Public tickets will go on sale this Friday, Sept 20, if you're too slow on the draw during the pre-sale but don't wait too long as all three nights sold out last year. 

Pickles is offering up a free sampler on NoiseTrade, which includes the premiere of "Brown County Breakdown" from his forthcoming album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, coming October 1st. You can pre-order the album on CD, vinyl, or in a handsome bundle, which includes signed items and an exclusive letterpress poster. All pre-orders come with an instant download of "Fiddler's Pastime," and you can also stream "Big Sandy River" here if you happened to miss it.  

Expect to hear some of the new album live on Noam's tour with Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales, and Jesse Cobb which starts in mid-October, following another trek around the Northeast with the NY Banjo Summit. You can see all of Noam's upcoming dates, including a Noam & Friends set at FreshGrass this Saturday in Massachusetts, on his tour page.

Looping back around to the boroughs, several of the boys will be performing at Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash this Sunday afternoon, Sept 22, at The Bell House. Paul will be back in trio formation with Brittany Haas and Jordan Tice, Noam will be a titular friend in Jen Larson and Friends, and the afternoon will come to a close with a Chris Thile & Michael Daves set. A few tickets are still available here.

The next night, Thile will turn Rockwood into Bachwood for the first of two nights (the second on the 25th) that'll serve as a warm-up for his impending solo tour. As a brief refresher, the tour will take him all across the US (+ Toronto) throughout October, starting on the 1st in Seattle, followed by a series of dates in Europe in November. Some recently added cities include Portland, Laramie, Columbus, Knoxville, and Louisville; be sure to check out the tour page to see if he's coming your way. 

Critter has his own special show coming up at Rockwood with Michael Daves on October 5th, in which the duo will play songs exclusively by the Stanley Brothers, highlights from the month of Stanley Brothers music they performed in July. Tickets are available here.

And a reminder that Thile's latest, Bach: Sonata(s) and Partita(s), Vol. 1 will be available on vinyl next Tuesday, Sept 24, and is still available for pre-order. The vinyl version of the album only has room for the first sonata and partita, but the pre-order comes with a digital copy of the entire recording, Sonata No. 2 in A Minor included.

So that'll just about do it for this time around, peruse those dates and place some pre-orders if you're so inclined!

Best,
Punch Brothers HQ
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Pickles is offering up a free sampler on Noisetrade which includes the premiere of "Brown County Breakdown" from his forthcoming album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, coming October 1st. You can pre-order the album here.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Hi folks,

If you happen to be on Pickles' email list you may have already heard the "news that will surely change your life" but for the rest of y'all, we're excited to unveil his new album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe! The pressing bit of info is that it's now available for pre-order, but we'll let Noam fill you in on the specifics of the project:

I'm thrilled to announce my new album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, which will be released October 1st on Compass Records. I’m sure there will be a healthy debate on Twitter and cable-news programs whether my decision to wear a cowboy hat on the album cover is a career-ending move or simply a glimpse into the Brooklyn of the future, but first, please allow me to explain the concept and what was going on inside of my head (and hat).



Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, recorded in 1976, five years before I was born, features twelve of the most classic tunes written by the father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe (1911-1996), performed by his longtime fiddler Kenny Baker (1926-2012). While many insanely talented musicians worked for Bill Monroe, Monroe would introduce Kenny Baker to audiences as "the best in bluegrass" (hint...hint...Chris Thile).  The landmark 1976 album offered Kenny Baker’s refined and elegant renditions of the great Monroe instrumentals all in one place, essentially making it an instrumental Bluegrass bible for me and countless others.

A few years ago I was searching for any source of joy in my life and I jokingly texted Ronnie McCoury asking him, “Could I get away with calling an album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe?”  Earlier this year, I came to the realization that during all that time that I was searching for joy and meaning in my life, there was something much more important right in front of me: a valid album concept that could be exploited for meager financial gain. So I started listening anew to Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe and spent two months arranging the Baker versions on the banjo, note-for-note.

While there is plenty of dress-up on the album cover,  I didn’t want this new record to be about musical impersonation. Kenny Baker became my definitive source, and I set out to make the tunes my own and develop a unique voice for these classic instrumentals on the banjo. Fellow Punch Brother Gabe Witcher agreed to produce, and this last May we set up camp for four days at Ricky Skaggs’ studio outside of Nashville, TN.  I was joined by my favorite bluegrass musicians in the world: Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Bryan Sutton on guitar, and Mike Bub on bass. We adapted the entire 1976 album, track-by-track, using the original sequence. These guys played so beautifully; I’m convinced there is a real demographic of people who’ll buy this record despite the fact that I’m on it. If you’d like a sneak peak, you can listen to “Big Sandy River” from the new album right here.

So there ya have it, head on over to NoamPikelny.com/Preorder to check out the pre-order options, which include vinyl, an exclusive 11x17 letterpress print designed by Hammerpress (limited edition of 300), and items signed by Noam. As a bonus, when you place your order, you'll receive an instant download of "Fiddler’s Pastime."

For those of you eying the vinyl options, let us point out that Thile's latest, Bach: Sonata(s) and Partita(s), Vol. 1 will be coming out on 140g on September 24th and is now available for pre-order as well! So about those parentheses: the vinyl version of the album only has room for the first sonata and partita but the pre-order comes with a digital copy of the entire recording, Sonata No. 2 in A Minor included.

We're excited to announce that Punch Brothers will be part of the fantastic line-up for Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis" on September 29th at The Town Hall in New York City. Tickets go on-sale tomorrow, August 21st, at noon ET, visit here for details.

There's also plenty of touring going on currently with Critter closing out his tour with Julian Lage (and don't forget their new EP) and Thile on the road with the Goat Rodeo fellas. Thile will also be doing an extensive solo tour this fall, and Noam will be touring in support of his new record with Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales, and Jesse Cobb. You can find details for those and other upcoming live dates on the tour page as usual.

Best,
Punch Brothers HQ
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
It's a big day for new music from Punch Brothers named Chris!

Chris Thile's new album, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, is available now on Nonesuch. A sampling of your many options: you can pick up a digital copy on iTunes, get a physical CD at the Punch Brothers Bazaar, or pick your poison at Amazon.

For more on the album, including Thile's interview from last night's PBS NewsHour, please visit here.



Critter has just released an EP of duets with fellow guitarist and future-tourmate Julian Lage! It's called Close to Picture and you can find it here. They'll also have some hard copies for sale on the upcoming tour, which starts this weekend in DC. If you've never heard Julian Lage before, Critter politely suggests that you check him out



Aside from his busy upcoming tour schedule, Noam has something very exciting up his polyester sleeve that he'll be announcing in the next few weeks. The news will surely change your life so so pay close attention to anything in your inbox that contains a cowboy hat and sideburns.
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