Friday, 28 June 2013
We recently contributed to the soundtrack for the forthcoming Coen Brothers’ movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Produced by T Bone Burnett, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, the soundtrack also features performances by Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, and Carey Mulligan. The album will be released September 17 on Nonesuch.

Details & pre-order:

Friday, 28 June 2013
Hi again folks,

Summer is under way, and we wanted to give you the quick and dirty tour date round-up. Let's get to it.

Punch Brothers will continue to pop up at festivals, including this Friday at the World's Largest Block Party in Chicago and ROMP in Owensboro, KY on Saturday. Virginia and North Carolina are also on the docket in September with sets at Interlocken Festival and Wide Open Bluegrass, respectively.

Starting August 10th, Critter will be hitting the road with fellow guitarist Julian Lage for a series of dates across the eastern seaboard and the Midwest, including the Wilson Center Guitar Festival in Brookfield, WI on August 16th. The tour also features stops in NYC, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, and Atlanta to name a few but we'll trust you to check out the list below for the full itinerary.

Noam will also be keeping himself quite busy with summer festival performances with Tim O’Brien and a pair of tours in October. He'll first take to the Northeast with Béla Fleck, Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Richie Stearns, and Tony Trischka for another round of the NY Banjo Summit followed by some quality "evenings with" Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales, and Jesse Cobb in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast. You can visit Noam's tour page for the most up-to-date listings with a few more to be added soon.

And a reminder that Thile has his fair share of dates including a pair with Michael Daves and a run with the Goat Rodeo Sessions gang in August before his solo tour this fall. For these solo shows, expect to hear selections from his forthcoming album Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, due out August 6th and currently available for pre-order.

Punch Brothers HQ
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Greetings folks,

You may have caught wind of this if you follow Chris Thile on Twitter or Facebook, but we're excited to now officially announce Chris's first recording of one of his favorite composers of all time, Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1. will be released August 6th on Nonesuch and is currently available for pre-order!

Produced by Edgar Meyer and recorded/mixed by Richard King, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 comprises three works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, Partita No. 1 in B minor, and Sonata No. 2 in A minor.

Here's a bit about the record in Thile's own words: “Bach was my first meaningful experience with—for lack of a better word—classical music. It was the second recording of Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations. Gould plays with the kind of rhythmic integrity that I had previously only associated with non-classical music: music with a groove, with a pocket, that made you move. Gould was playing that music like my heroes play fiddle tunes. It humanized the whole thing for me and the heavens opened up and Bach came down. I started devouring all the Bach I could get my hands on.”

“This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin—like, ‘Oh boy, what fun, he’s playing a weird instrument!’ It's about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light."

Pre-order Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 today and you'll receive an instant download of Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga: Allegro (which you can listen to below). 

We're also offering a special pre-order bundle featuring an exclusive print of the album art by Oliver Jeffers and the first 500 people to order the bundle will have their print signed by Chris.

And a quick reminder that Punch Brothers will be out on the road in various arrangements this summer and fall (including this weekend in Telluride); you can check out the latest dates on the tour page and stayed tuned next week for some new additions.

Punch Brothers HQ
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Pick up a copy today at your local record store or online here:
Thursday, 28 March 2013
Hi folks,

Before launching into all the different locations and formations you can see the boys this spring and summer, there is some exciting Punch Brothers news afoot! We'll be releasing Ahoy! on vinyl on April 16th in (early) celebration of Record Store Day. You'll be able to pick it up at your local independent record store and online in our Shop.

Now, starting with the most pressing touring engagements: Paul will be hitting the road with Brittany Haas and Jordan Tice starting TONIGHT for a series of trio shows on the west coast (and then another run of east coast dates in June). You can find all the pertinent details on the newly-minted

Critter will be teaming up with fellow guitarist Julian Lage in the recording studio next month and on the road this August. If you live in NYC and would like a preview, they'll be test driving some of the new material tonight at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn at 9pm (it will fill up very quickly so we would suggest arriving early).

Noam has plenty on his plate as well, starting with his Midwest shows with Bryan Sutton, Ronnie McCoury, Luke Bulla, and Barry Bales next month.  He'll also be performing alongside Tim O'Brien at Telluride, Grey Fox, and RockyGrass this summer. More Noam-specific musings and touring details can be found at

Chris Thile and Michael Daves have a set of West Coast shows coming up this May in San Francisco, LA, Portland, and Seattle.  And as a reminder, you'll also be able to see the duo at Grey Fox in Oak Hill, NY in July.

Tickets for Thile's tour next month with Brad Mehldau have been moving fast so you may not want to wait too long to grab yours. Looking further ahead into 2013, Chris has some live shows under The Goat Rodeo Sessions banner with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Aoife O'Donovan in August followed by some solo dates later in the year. These will continue to sporadically announce throughout the spring, but you can find the currently disclosed itinerary here.

So between all these different ventures, we'd like to think we have something for a wide swath of you but there is even more to come, so don't get too discouraged just yet if we haven't recommended a show in your general vicinity.

Punch Brothers HQ
Monday, 11 February 2013
Hi folks,

We're only one week away from wrapping up the Winter Tour and sending the trusty old tour bus to a nice little farm upstate. We're in Columbus tomorrow night, followed by Buffalo, Northampton, Boston, and the Maine-variety of Portland.

As we mentioned last time around, this tour will mark the end of Punch Brothers' collective nomadic phase for the year so the boys can focus on writing the next record and explore some side-ventures. There will however be a few scattershot PB summer festival dates (one of which will be announced later this week so keep an eye out... foreshadowing!). As always, details on the tour page.

If you were worrying this would mean a devastating Pickles drought, we have plenty of news on that front to keep you nourished. Firstly, Noam will be a special guest on the live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion next Saturday, February 23rd. If you live in St. Paul and would like to attend in person, tickets are available here.

We're also thrilled to announce the launch of a new Noam Pikelny project. This April, Noam will be joined by Bryan Sutton, Ronnie McCoury, Luke Bulla, and Barry Bales for a special evening of bluegrass in select Midwest cities. They'll be playing small and intimate venues, so get your tickets quickly when they go on sale this Friday. Until now, there has never been a gathering of members from Punch Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Hot Rize, & The Lyle Lovett Band outside of a sauna.  Noam will also be performing alongside Tim O'Brien at Telluride, Grey Fox, and RockyGrass this summer. You can find details on all these assorted ventures (and a few more to come) at

Now we'd be remiss if we didn't give a hearty congratulatory "ahoy!" to Thile along with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer for their Best Folk Album win at the Grammys last night for The Goat Rodeo Sessions. We announced Chris's upcoming tour with Brad Mehldau in the last blast, but since then they have added a NYC date at Bowery Ballroom on April 9th. Tickets are available here, and you can see the rest of Chris and Brad's tour here.

The summer festival circuit will also bring about the return of the Chris Thile and Michael Daves duo, which so far has only been confirmed at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, NY on July 20th but be prepared for more news on that front in the coming weeks.

Until next time!
Punch Brothers HQ
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