For those of you on the West Coast, we have a pair of ideas for how you should spend your 4th of July. We'll be performing that weekend at Sasquatch! Festival at the Gorge in George, WA and High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA. Also excited to confirm that we'll be making our annual pilgrimage to Telluride this June.
You might want to grab your tickets for our March tour with Aoife O'Donovan as several of the shows have sold out and a few more are verging on that territory. If this tour and working on material for the next Punch Brothers record weren't enough, the boys have found plenty of other ways to keep themselves busy so it seems like a good time for a recap:
Noam and Gabe will be performing together at the Hotel Cafe tonight supporting Gabriel Kahane. On March 1st, they'll be joined by some very special friends at Largo to welcome Pickles to Los Angeles.
Just next week Noam returns to the Northeast for another round of shows with Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales, and Jesse Cobb. That same group will head down to the Lowcountry in April for a date at The Pour House in Charleston, SC followed by two shows at Savannah Music Festival. Then in May, Noam will hit the road with Stuart Duncan for duo shows in Louisville, Chattanooga, Minneapolis, and Chicago before their set at RockyGrass in July.
Critter has added several more shows to his April tour with Julian Lage on the eastern seaboard including a few more stops in New York and Massachusetts with Virginia and Delaware getting tacked onto the list as well. Their duo tour ends on April 26th at Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival in Baltimore, MD where Critter will also take the stage as a titular Friend in Noam's performance alongside Aoife O'Donovan, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales, and Jesse Cobb. Here's a video of Critter and Julian if you haven't had the chance to see them together in action.
As you may have heard, Thile has teamed back up with Sara and Sean Watkins to record the first new Nickel Creek album in nine years and will be touring this spring and summer after a seven year absence. You can stream their new track "Destination" at NickelCreek.com and check back soon for more details on the album and an additional slate of dates. In the meantime, Thile is currently making the rounds of California playing some solo shows, followed by stops in Nashville and Dallas, before heading to the Pacific Northwest for duo performances with Mike Marshall. You can find all of his upcoming dates here.
Paul, Brittany Haas, and Jordan Tice have added two dates in New Haven, CT in March at the tail-end of their short run of the Northeast, head over to the trio's Facebook page for more details on their upcoming album.
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We are very excited to have preeminent Punch Sister, Aoife O'Donovan, back out on the road with us for the March tour. She'll be performing solo to open up the shows and we wouldn't rule out seeing her pop up during the Punch Brothers set as well. If you've yet to pick up Fossils, her first solo release from earlier this year, we would highly recommend it.
We've also worked out the support for the New Year's Eve run at Bowery Ballroom in NYC: Willie Watson will open the 12/29 show, The EarRegulars feat. Tamar Korn are on the 30th, and Sarah Jarosz rounds it out on the 31st. Tickets are currently sold out, but we plan to do a small ticket release before Christmas, so watch Twitter for an announcement.
There's some general housekeeping to be done on the rest of the boys' shows as a few have been added since we last wrote:
In addition to his upcoming Noam & Friends shows with Sutton, Bulla, Bales, and Cobb (here's a video of that line-up live), Noam has a duo date with Matt Munisteri at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn next Friday night - the 20th.
Thile has added Melbourne to his visit to Australia in January and threw in a Phoenix stop to the Southwest US leg in February.
Critter & Julian Lage have a new batch of Northeast dates in April (with more to be announced in the next month) and will head out to Lyons, CO in late July, along with Noam & Friends, for RockyGrass.
Paul and his trio with Brittany Haas and Jordan Tice will be hitting a few of the same cities as Critter (Cambridge and Portsmouth) in late February.
Be sure to set your DVRs (or tune in) to Showtime this Friday night, December 13th, at 10pm for the premiere of Another Day / Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis," which features all the great artists listed below, many of whom performed with PB accompaniment. Seriously, Punch Brothers are all over this, so don't miss it. The concert, inspired by the Coen Brothers' film, was recorded at Town Hall in NYC in September. Here's a trailer and don't forget about the film's soundtrack if you haven't given it a listen.
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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 Records. Produced 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.
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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.
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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!
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