We're now just a few weeks out from the release of our new album, The Phosphorescent Blues, and we have a new track to share with you all, "My Oh My," which Pickles would like to point out is not a palindrome. You can now get this track along with "Julep" and “I Blew It Off” as an instant download with your pre-order.
Speaking of which, we've been holding weekly contest drawings for those who have pre-ordered though our shop and we're down to the final prize: two tickets to an upcoming show of your choice and an after-show coffee or cocktail with Chris Thile. You have until next Tuesday to place your pre-order to be entered in the drawing. Apologies in advance, but we will not be able to accommodate requests to exchange the after-show drink to instead be with Paul Kowert. If you previously pre-ordered through us, you're already entered and if you pre-ordered the album from a third-party, there's a mail-in option or you can grab a Julep tee to put your name in the running.
Our tour kicks off in just one week with a short Ireland/UK run followed by a lengthy Stateside run next month. We'll have some great people out on the road with us including Sarah Jarosz in London and Michael Daves taking on some of the US dates along with previously-announced Gaby Moreno and Gabriel Kahane support. We've also just added a third night at 9:30 Club, tickets for which will go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am ET.
Looking ahead to the summer, we'll be returning to the farm in Manchester, TN for Bonnaroo, which runs June 11-14. The following weekend, we'll take our annual pilgrimage to Telluride Bluegrass Festival. This time around, the lineup also includes duo sets from Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer and Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan.
For more on the new record, check out our cover feature in this month's issue of Relix (they're offering a discount code if you'd like a subscription: PUNCHBROTHERS). In the meantime, here's an excerpt.
We can't wait to see you all in the coming months and look forward to sharing more of the album with you soon!
Greg at Punch Brothers HQ
Howdy Folks!Thile here. The boys and I are very, very happy to announce that our fourth record, The Phosphorescent Blues, is DONE and will be released this coming January 27th by Nonesuch Records. We began the writing process at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June of 2012, and finished it—lemme think about this—well, right before Gabe, T Bone, and Mikey went to master it with the good folks at Lurssen (which I was surprised to learn is NOT Swedish for “listen”), I guess…hell, we were putting finishing touches on the finishing touches right up until they cut the vinyl!
3. Passepied (Debussy)
4. I Blew It Off
6. My Oh My
7. Boll Weevil
8. Prélude (Scriabin)
10. Between 1st and A
11. Little Lights
12. Sleek White Baby
14. The Hops of Guldenberg
15. The Wireless
We love it when the actual “meaning” of a given piece of music ends up being a collaboration between the musician(s) responsible for it and his/her/their listeners, so I won’t say much about what this record is about to us other than the fact that the five of us have been thinking a lot about the importance of connection, particularly in a world where it’s pretty easy to take being connected for granted.I’ll say a little more about our producer, T Bone Burnett, however. We were overjoyed when he agreed to produce The Phosphorescent Blues, and have benefited MIGHTILY from his steady guidance and support throughout. There were times when it was only he who didn’t despair over what seemed to us the inevitability of some beloved tune or other just not making it onto [2 inch, 24 track] tape the way we hoped, and he invariably pulled us (and whichever tune) through, deftly and patiently, with a sage word of advice, a hilarious anecdote, and/or some Palo Santo. THANK YOU, T BONE!!! The incomparable Mike Piersante and his magical pair of ears engineered and mixed the project. He exhibited an uncanny ability to get inside of our heads, hear through our incoherent stream of “it should sound like [insert completely unhelpful babbling here]” and create soundscapes that either realized or transcended our lofty goals.
Drums, drums, in the deep! Enter Jay Bellerose (what a musician), on five of the record's 11 tracks. From the first thump to the last, he was a sixth Punch Brother, not adding percussion so much as rescuing songs that were CRYING out for him.
So there’s my pitch. If you’re interested, you can pre-order the album now, on iTunes, CD, or preferably (because it’s so much radder, and because there was an empty side that we decided to fill with four extra songs) on 180g double vinyl. We’ll even provide refreshments in the form of delicious looking clothing. Heaven’s a julep on a shirt, after all.
Speaking of which, "Julep" is now hearable below, along with “I Blew It Off.” Similar tonalities, drastically different personalities! Frankly though, I can’t wait for y’all to hear the whole kit and caboodle in sequence…we feel like that’s how this batch of music works best. Patience, Thile, patience!
One last bit of loosely-related information while I’ve got you: I’ll be guest-hosting A Prairie Home Companion on February 7th and 14th (I can’t even begin to express to you how psyched I am to do this, so I’m not gonna try), with Punch Brothers as a musical guest on the 7th. For those in St. Paul, tickets are on sale now to attend the shows in person.
On the touring front, we're excited to announce that Gaby Moreno will be opening for us on the first leg of the North American tour (minus Nashville, Chicago, and Minneapolis - still hammering out the details on those). That leg also now includes a second night at 9:30 Club in DC on February 21st. Second leg (minus Tahoe) opening duties will be performed by our good pal, Gabriel Kahane. We have all the dates and appropriate support listed on the tour page for easier reading.
OK, off to the first full rehearsal for the aforementioned tour!
Pickles, here, with some news that will surely change your life.
Without further ado - it gives me great joy to finally announce that we will very soon be announcing a new album, to be released early next year. Unfortunately, at this time, none of us can tell you anything more about it. We do have vague memories of writing music with each other over the past two years and more recently recording with a very tall man, quite possibly T-Bone Burnett. Currently, we have nothing more concrete to share other than this BRAND NEW SONG, “I BLEW IT OFF.” We sincerely hope you like the music, and are super impressed by our collective ability to stand super still for this high concept music video:
We'll be in touch soon with more details, including how to pre-order, and also hopefully other info like the album title, track listing, etc. Be sure to keep an eye out for our next email (and on Facebook and Twitter), which Chris Thile has promised to write personally.
OK, enough with the name dropping, we have a massive North American (yes, you, too, Canada) tour to announce! There are so many details on this tour that you're just going to have to visit the tour page to see the full list. There’s just no other way. Public tickets go on sale Friday but a limited pre-sale will start tomorrow at 10am local time. It’s against my best judgement to put sensitive password information in an email, but you’re going to need this for the pre-sale:
username: punchbrothers (if they ask)
Every ticket purchased for this North American tour includes a digital download of the album on its release date early next year.
You may have missed this if you don't live and breathe our Facebook and Twitter (shame on you), but we'll be heading to the UK and Ireland in late January for a quick three-city run in Dublin, London, and Glasgow. We've just added a second night at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on January 25. Tickets for the new date will go on sale this Friday.
Punch Brothers will be kicking back into high gear in January, so you must act fast if you’re still needing a 2014 fix for Chris “Critter” Eldridge & Paul Kowert unfettered by Gabe Witcher, Chris Thile, or me. Critter will be performing music from his brand new album, Avalon, with Julian Lage at Symphony Center in Chicago on December 5th. Haas Kowert Tice, Paul’s new trio, a band that is so indie that they can’t afford punctuation, will be doing a midwest run in November and a West Coast tour in December!
We honestly can’t wait to share this new music with you all and we're hoping we’ll be seeing a lot of each other in 2015. Stay tuned for more on the new album!
Noam, Chris, Critter, Gabe & Paul
Thank you all so much for your "Little Lights" vocal submissions! We were overwhelmed by the response and look forward to working them into the final recording.
Critter and Julian Lage are releasing their first full-length record together, Avalon, on October 7th. The album, produced and recorded by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids, is comprised of 11 tracks - a mix of originals and covers - recorded live this past April at the Avalon in Easton, MD. You can preview "Steady Proof" via The Bluegrass Situation here. Pre-orders start September 23rd at LageEldridge.com but we'd suggest heading there now for more details on the album and all of their upcoming tour dates in the coming months.
Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer's new album, Bass & Mandolin, was released this week. For a preview, here's a live video of the duo performing "Why Only One?" in Telluride (courtesy of The Bluegrass Situation and Mason Jar Music). Their tour starts next week and will take them across the US well into October. You can find all the tour dates and pick up the album (and a handsome tee) at ThileMeyer.com. Following the tour with Edgar, Thile will head to Europe for a duo tour with Brad Mehldau. Those dates are all listed on the tour page.
Noam and Aoife O'Donovan are teaming up for a tour this November with Barry Bales and Shad Cobb rounding out their band. They'll be making the rounds of the Southwest and Midwest but for those of you on the East Coast, don't forget Noam's tour with Stuart Duncan coming up in October. Visit Noam.net/tour for all the details.
Paul's trio, Haas Kowert Tice, has a pair of headlining shows next week in Easton, MD and Arlington, VA followed by a set at FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, MA. They also have a date in Wilmington, DE in October with some more dates to be announced soon. If you haven't gotten around to it, check out their album, You Got This. Info at HassKowertTice.com.
As you can see, while we're still a ways out from the new Punch Brothers album and touring, there are plenty of chances to see the boys this fall (and a growing number of albums to tide you over as well).
Punch Brothers HQ
We Punch Brothers would love to have you sing* a few lines on our new record as kind of a meta reference to its theme.
The lines are from a song called "Little Lights," the studio recording of which we're hoping to grace with a mighty assembly of your individual Voice Memos and GarageBand sessions.
If you're up for it, you’ll find further instructions below along with a scratch track that I recorded as a guide. Have fun, and infinite thanks in advance for participating!
* no musical ability needed (or even preferred)
Plug headphones into your computer (or whatever device you're listening on).
Please turn off any noisy air conditioners or fans. Unfortunately, dogs and cats are not eligible to participate due to a last minute breakdown in negotiations with the ASPCA.
Record a voice memo on your iPhone/Android/Smartphone/GarageBand/etc. (If you're using your phone, you may have to email the file to yourself and then upload it from a computer).
Say "1 - 2, 1 - 2 - 3" along with Chris (skip 4 - 5 - 6), rejoin him on "Shine" and sing all remaining lyrics along with the track. Sing the melody in whatever octave is most comfortable.
Please submit your tracks by Thursday, September 4th at noon ET.
Shine little lights of ours
Like Orion's Belt of stars
Connected only from afar
Shine little lights of ours
Like Orion's Belt of stars
Guide us back to where we are
Permissions and Upload
By uploading the audio of my vocal performance of the song “Little Lights” by clicking the “Upload” button below, I hereby: (i) affirm, represent and warrant that I have reached the age of majority in my state of domicile; (ii) grant Nonesuch Records ("Nonesuch"), Punch Brothers ("Artist") and their assigns and designees, a worldwide, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable license to prepare derivative works, display, perform, copy, exhibit, reproduce, distribute, edit, modify, alter and otherwise use or exploit the Audio, in whole or in part (but without obligation), including as part of the song entitled "Little Lights," in perpetuity worldwide in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter devised, including in connection with the advertising, promotion and publicity of Artist; (iii) grant Nonesuch, Artist and their designees express permission to use my name in any manner or media now existing or hereafter devised in connection with the use or exploitation of the Audio or the advertising, marketing or promotion of Artist (but without obligation); (iv) affirm, represent and warrant that I am not a member of AFTRA and no other union has jurisdiction over my services; I own the master recording embodying the Audio or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to grant the foregoing license and that Nonesuch and its designees' use of the Audio will not violate any privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademark rights, contract rights or any other intellectual property rights of any person or entity; and (v) I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH HEREIN.
The upload deadline has passed, thank you all so much for your submissions!
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