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.
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: http://www.nonesuch.com/inside-llewyn-davis

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.

Best,
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.

Best,
Punch Brothers HQ
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Pick up a copy today at your local record store or online here: http://bit.ly/ahoyvinyl
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