After several weeks in the studio working on the new album and a trip to Telluride to test out a few of the new tracks, it seemed like an appropriate time to fill you in on all things PB and PB-adjacent!
If you're itching to hear the aforementioned new songs and you also need some last-minute 4th of July weekend plans, Punch Brothers will be performing at High Sierra Music Festival on the 4th followed by shows at the Lincoln Theater in Napa Valley and St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights in Park City, UT supported by Willie Watson.
Noam and Stuart Duncan continue their duo venture tonight with shows this week in Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. They also have a few festivals on the docket, including ROMP, RockyGrass, and The Festy Experience and will have a larger tour to announce in the coming weeks. Until then, here's video of Noam and Stuart discussing the tour and rehearsing "Tallahassee" and "Sad and Lonesome Day."
Critter has additional dates with Julian Lage coming up later this year including RockyGrass and NY shows in Earlville and Marlboro in August. Earlier that month, he and Michael Daves will bring their love of The Stanley Brothers back to the stage for two nights at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on August 9-10. And in just a few weeks, Critter will join Matt Munisteri to teach at Ashokan Guitar Camp in Olivebridge, NY (July 13-17); registration is open here.
Thile will be heading back out for a second leg of shows with Nickel Creek throughout July and August. Following that, Chris and Brad Mehldau will be perform together at BAM on September 10th as part of Nonesuch Records' 50th anniversary series.
It'll be a busy summer and fall for the boys, so we'll be in touch shortly with more updates on their respective projects and tour dates!
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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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