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- Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Although Punch Brothers' three-night New Year's Eve run at NYC's Bowery Ballroom is sold out, the band has now added several tour dates in March, including stops along the East Coast, a few in the Midwest, and a pair of festivals: Savannah Music Festival and Suwannee Springfest. Pre-sale begins tomorrow, November 20; general on-sale begins Friday. Chris Thile will be keeping himself warm before then with solo shows in Australia, the Southwest US, and more, plus duo shows with Mike Marshall and Brad Mehldau.
- Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The Savannah Music Festival has announced the line-up for its 25th anniversary season, to be held March 20–April 5, 2014, and among the artists scheduled to perform are several familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Punch Brothers; Chris Thile, in a duo concert with fellow mandolinist Mike Marshall; and Fatoumata Diawara and Bombino sharing a double bill for two shows.
About this Album
Punch Brothers release their new album, Who’s Feeling Young Now?, digitally and on CD on February 14, 2012, with vinyl to follow on March 20. Completed over three weeks at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, the record was produced by Grammy Award winner Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse). Who’s Feeling Young Now? is the follow-up to 2010’s Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic, about which the New York Times said: “Punch Brothers have the unplugged lineup of an old-fashioned string band … But their music is as radical as … new acoustic music can be.”
Ten songs from Who’s Feeling Young Now? were written by Punch Brothers, with the band’s friend Josh Ritter co-writing lyrics on two tunes (“Hundred Dollars” and “New York City”). Additionally, the album contains the band’s interpretations of Radiohead’s “Kid A” and the Swedish group Väsen’s “Flippen.”
Punch Brothers was formed in 2006 by mandolinist/singer Chris Thile with four other virtuosic musicians: fiddler Gabe Witcher, banjo player Noam Pikelny, bassist Paul Kowert, and guitarist Chris “Critter” Eldridge. Their first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the band’s many musical interests, including indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and classical music. In 2009 they all moved to New York City and began a regular, standing-room-only, residency at the Living Room, trying out new songs as well as inspired covers; these shows ultimately spawned Antifogmatic.
“Who’s Feeling Young Now? is less evasive than Antifogmatic and Punch,” said Thile. “And I feel like part of that is us becoming more comfortable with who we are as a band, and me becoming more comfortable with who I am as a singer.”
Chris Eldridge, guitar, vocals
Paul Kowert, bass, vocals
Noam Pikelny, banjo, vocals
Chris Thile, mandolin, lead vocals
Gabe Witcher, fiddle, vocals, lead vocals on "Hundred Dollars"
Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Jacquire King
Additional Recording by Brad Bivens
Assisted by Nathan Yarborough
Recorded October 2011 at Blackbird Studio, Nashville, TN
Mixed at The LBT
Mastered by Richard Dodd
All songs written by Punch Brothers except “New York City” and “Hundred Dollars,” music by Punch Brothers, lyrics written by Josh Ritter and Chris Thile; “Flippen (The Flip),” written by Mikael Marin; and “Kid A,” written by Radiohead. All music arranged by Punch Brothers.
Design by Jeri Heiden
Photography by Danny Clinch
Noam Pikelny appears courtesy of Compass Records.
Chris Thile uses Elixir strings and Blue Chip picks; Chris Eldridge uses John Pearse Strings, Blue Chip Picks, and Karura Cases; Gabe Witcher uses Evah Pirazzi Pirastro Strings; Noam Pikelny endorses GHS Strings.
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz