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  • Punch Brothers return with All Ashore, their first album since 2015's The Phosphorescent Blues, out this Friday, July 20. Here, the band members talk with writer Michael Hill about their first self-produced album and how it came to be.

  • Punch Brothers, whose new album, All Ashore, is out next Friday, July 20, kick off an extensive US summer tour at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina. There are some forty shows to follow across the country through September, from Charlotte to Chicago, New Orleans to New York City, Buffalo to Boise to Boston to Baton Rouge. Watch the band perform "Three Dots and a Dash" from Live From Here here.

  • About This Album

    Nonesuch releases Punch Brothers’ T Bone Burnett–produced The Phosphorescent Blues on January 27, 2015.

    After working with Burnett numerous times—most recently on the soundtrack for the Joel and Ethan Coen film Inside Llewyn Davis and the related Town Hall/Showtime concert Another Day, Another Time—Punch Brothers decided to join forces with the multiple Grammy Award–winning producer for their new record. Last summer, the band and Burnett spent a month at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Recording laying down the songs that guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher had written during several writing “retreats” last winter and spring.

    Thile explains one of the ways the music on The Phosphorescent Blues reflects the band’s view of modern life: “We often go to bars after shows or writing sessions, to be around other people for a little while. And I’d see people just like me on their phones, telling people they wish they were there, texting people who really are there. Then a song would come on that somebody likes and then they see that someone else does too and maybe they both sing it together and that moment is spiritual, some shared experience, and they are interacting in the flesh, with their fellow man. And that’s communion. Many of the songs on this record dive into that: how do we cultivate beautiful, three-dimensional experiences with our fellow man in this day and age?”

    Shortly before the sessions began, Thile and Witcher met with Burnett and discovered the producer had the very same things on his mind. In fact, he’d just given a commencement address at the University of Southern California on the subject of technology and human interaction. Witcher remembers, “Thile and I looked at each and said, ‘This is unbelievable. It’s exactly what we are writing about.’ So this was a perfect, serendipitous union.”

    Punch Brothers was formed in 2006 by Chris Thile. Its first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the band’s many musical interests: indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, etc. In 2009 they began a residency at NYC’s Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning the Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic. In 2012 the band released Who’s Feeling Young Now? of which Rolling Stone said, “The acoustic framework dazzles—wild virtuosity used for more than just virtuosity.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Chris Thile, lead vocals, mandolin, mandola
    Noam Pikelny, harmony vocals, banjo, 4-string national tenor guitar
    Chris Eldridge, harmony vocals, acoustic guitars
    Paul Kowert, harmony vocals, bass
    Gabe Witche, harmony vocals, fiddle

    Jay Bellerose, drums
    T Bone Burnett, electric guitars on "I Blew It Off," "Magnet," and "Little Lights"

    The Punch Brothers Little Lights Singers, choir

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced By T Bone Burnett
    Engineered and Mixed by Mike Piersante at Oceanway Recorders, Hollywood CA & The Village Recorders, Santa Monica CA
    Assistant Engineers: Rouble Kapoor, Vanessa Parr
    Additional Engineering: Tucker Martine at Flora; Dave Sinko at Lalaland Studios; Alejandro Venguer at Ootermind Studios; Jason Wormer
    Mastered by Gavin Lurssen and Ruben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA

    All songs written and arranged by Punch Brothers except Suite bergamasque: 4. Passepied by Claude Debussy; Prélude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 22: No. 2 by Alexander Scriabin; drum arrangement on "Familiarity" by Gabe Witcher and Jay Bellerose

    Design by Evan Gaffney
    Cover art: René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928 © 2014 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Photography by Brantley Gutierrez

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on November 26, 2014 - 10:46am
Artist Name: 
Punch Brothers
Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 14:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Punch Brothers join forces with producer T Bone Burnett for The Phosphorescent Blues. On the album, the band examines modern life, or, as Chris Thile puts it, asks: "How do we cultivate beautiful, three-dimensional experiences with our fellow man in this day and age?” The CBC calls it "triumphant." The Herald Scotland says it's "a quite masterly collection from a quintet of virtuosi [that] deserves to be filed next to the best work of The Beach Boys, Big Star and Richard Thompson. It's that good."

Description: 

Nonesuch releases Punch Brothers’ T Bone Burnett–produced The Phosphorescent Blues on January 27, 2015.

After working with Burnett numerous times—most recently on the soundtrack for the Joel and Ethan Coen film Inside Llewyn Davis and the related Town Hall/Showtime concert Another Day, Another Time—Punch Brothers decided to join forces with the multiple Grammy Award–winning producer for their new record. Last summer, the band and Burnett spent a month at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Recording laying down the songs that guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher had written during several writing “retreats” last winter and spring.

Thile explains one of the ways the music on The Phosphorescent Blues reflects the band’s view of modern life: “We often go to bars after shows or writing sessions, to be around other people for a little while. And I’d see people just like me on their phones, telling people they wish they were there, texting people who really are there. Then a song would come on that somebody likes and then they see that someone else does too and maybe they both sing it together and that moment is spiritual, some shared experience, and they are interacting in the flesh, with their fellow man. And that’s communion. Many of the songs on this record dive into that: how do we cultivate beautiful, three-dimensional experiences with our fellow man in this day and age?”

Shortly before the sessions began, Thile and Witcher met with Burnett and discovered the producer had the very same things on his mind. In fact, he’d just given a commencement address at the University of Southern California on the subject of technology and human interaction. Witcher remembers, “Thile and I looked at each and said, ‘This is unbelievable. It’s exactly what we are writing about.’ So this was a perfect, serendipitous union.”

Punch Brothers was formed in 2006 by Chris Thile. Its first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the band’s many musical interests: indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, etc. In 2009 they began a residency at NYC’s Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning the Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic. In 2012 the band released Who’s Feeling Young Now? of which Rolling Stone said, “The acoustic framework dazzles—wild virtuosity used for more than just virtuosity.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced By T Bone Burnett
Engineered and Mixed by Mike Piersante at Oceanway Recorders, Hollywood CA & The Village Recorders, Santa Monica CA
Assistant Engineers: Rouble Kapoor, Vanessa Parr
Additional Engineering: Tucker Martine at Flora; Dave Sinko at Lalaland Studios; Alejandro Venguer at Ootermind Studios; Jason Wormer
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen and Ruben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA

All songs written and arranged by Punch Brothers except Suite bergamasque: 4. Passepied by Claude Debussy; Prélude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 22: No. 2 by Alexander Scriabin; drum arrangement on "Familiarity" by Gabe Witcher and Jay Bellerose

Design by Evan Gaffney
Cover art: René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928 © 2014 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photography by Brantley Gutierrez

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

546377

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MUSICIANS
Chris Thile, lead vocals, mandolin, mandola
Noam Pikelny, harmony vocals, banjo, 4-string national tenor guitar
Chris Eldridge, harmony vocals, acoustic guitars
Paul Kowert, harmony vocals, bass
Gabe Witche, harmony vocals, fiddle

Jay Bellerose, drums
T Bone Burnett, electric guitars on "I Blew It Off," "Magnet," and "Little Lights"

The Punch Brothers Little Lights Singers, choir

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