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  • September 5, 2018

    Chris Thile joined Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards to perform "Sidewalks of New York," a 19th-century vaudeville song, for Spire Studios. Watch the result here. Thile and his fellow Punch Brothers begin the last leg of their big US summer tour in Washington, DC, on Thursday; their new album, All Ashore, is out on vinyl this Friday. Tune-Yards open for David Byrne on the next leg of his American Utopia tour, starting this Friday.

  • July 25, 2018

    Congratulations to Punch Brothers and the band's own Chris Thile and Noam Pikelny, all of whom have been nominated for 2018 International Bluegrass Music Awards. Punch Brothers are among the finalists for Instrumental Group of the Year, Thile is up for Distinguished Achievement Award, and Pikelny for Banjo Player of the Year. The Distinguished Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the IBMA outside of induction into the Hall of Fame. Winners will be announced in Raleigh, NC, on September 27. Punch Brothers' new album, All Ashore, will be eligible for the 2019 awards.

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  • Nonesuch Records releases mandolinist, singer, songwriter, and radio host Chris Thile's Thanks for Listening on December 8, 2017, with the vinyl to follow on December 15. The album is a collection of songs that were originally written for performance on A Prairie Home Companion. Since becoming the American Public Media program's host, Thile has, each week, written one new (often topical) "Song of the Week" that gets its debut performance on that Saturday's live broadcast—with Thile, the house band, and some of his guest musicians. For Thanks for Listening, Thile and producer Thomas Bartlett chose ten songs from nineteen possibilities and created new studio recordings of them, rather than merely documenting them as originally performed. Pre-orders of Thanks for Listening are available with an instant download of the album track "Thank You, New York" and a limited-edition, signed print. 

    As Thile says, "The album pivoted away from the show and toward the listeners—and not just to the listeners of Prairie Home but to anyone who listens to things. They are my heroes—people who listen. I find myself all too often on the other side of the conversation, talking about what I'm doing. It's hard to maintain focus or give something enough attention to appreciate it. We're in a place where listening is a precious commodity. That's the theme that I noticed rising up, greater than 'here is what was happening last week' or 'here is the place we were.' It's a celebration of people who haven't switched off, despite being given every reason to do so."

    Thile manned all the stringed instruments during the album sessions, save for bass (Alan Hampton) and viola (Nadia Sirota, on the title track). Ted Poor—like Hampton, a member of Andrew Bird's touring band—played drums on five tracks. Bartlett provided, in Thile's words, "whatever sounds weren't accounted for." Three guest singers also perform on the album, all of whom had been on A Prairie Home Companion multiple times: Sarah Jarosz, Gaby Moreno, and Aoife O'Donovan. Thile says, "All three had made really meaningful contributions to how the songs ended up expressing themselves. I would bounce lyrics off them at rehearsals—melodic moves, harmonic parts. That goes for all the musicians who played on this last APHC season. They all made such meaningful contributions to these songs. I'm really grateful."

    MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile is the founding member of Punch Brothers, which a Boston Globe reviewer has called "the tightest, most impressive live band I have ever seen." The group's four Nonesuch albums are Punch, Antifogmatic, Who's Feeling Young Now?, and The Phosphorescent Blues. Thile's other Nonesuch releases include a duo album with guitarist Michael Daves, two records with bassist Edgar Meyer (one of which won a Grammy), a Bach album with Yo-Yo Ma and Meyer, a duet album with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, and the T Bone Burnett–produced soundtrack to the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis. As a soloist, Thile has released five albums—most recently the highly praised Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1—and performed extensively as a duo with fellow eminent mandolinist Mike Marshall. He spent his formative years as a member of the Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum selling band Nickel Creek, which reunited in 2014 for its highest-charting album to date, A Dotted Line, and an extensive tour.

    Thile has been host of public radio favorite A Prairie Home Companion since last season, when he took over for longtime host Garrison Keillor. He had been a regular guest on the program since the age of fifteen. "I grew up with the show, says Chris. "I take this opportunity, this job, immensely seriously and with great awe." Musical guests on the show so far have included Jack White, Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma, Regina Spektor, and Esperanza Spalding, as well as spoken word guests like Trevor Noah and Maria Bamford. Thile's second season begins October 7 with guests Chris Stapleton and Julien Baker.

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Tour

Wed, Nov 28
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Wed, Nov 28
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Wed, Nov 28
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Wed, Nov 28
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Sat, Dec 1
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 1
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 8
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 8
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 15
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 15
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 22
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 22
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Jan 12
Kansas City, MO
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Sat, Jan 12
Kansas City, MO
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Sat, Jan 19
Durham, NC
Durham Performing Arts Center
Sat, Jan 19
Durham, NC
Durham Performing Arts Center
Sat, Jan 26
Chicago, IL
Symphony Center
Sat, Jan 26
Chicago, IL
Symphony Center
Sat, Feb 23
Detroit, MI
Detroit Opera House
Sat, Feb 23
Detroit, MI
Detroit Opera House
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Chris Thile's Thanks for Listening is a collection of new studio recordings, produced by Thomas Bartlett, of ten songs originally written as Songs of the Week on A Prairie Home Companion. Thile manned almost all of the stringed instruments on the album and is joined by guest singers Sarah Jarosz, Gaby Moreno, and Aoife O'Donovan.

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Nonesuch Records releases mandolinist, singer, songwriter, and radio host Chris Thile's Thanks for Listening on December 8, 2017, with the vinyl to follow on December 15. The album is a collection of songs that were originally written for performance on A Prairie Home Companion. Since becoming the American Public Media program's host, Thile has, each week, written one new (often topical) "Song of the Week" that gets its debut performance on that Saturday's live broadcast—with Thile, the house band, and some of his guest musicians. For Thanks for Listening, Thile and producer Thomas Bartlett chose ten songs from nineteen possibilities and created new studio recordings of them, rather than merely documenting them as originally performed. Pre-orders of Thanks for Listening are available with an instant download of the album track "Thank You, New York" and a limited-edition, signed print. 

As Thile says, "The album pivoted away from the show and toward the listeners—and not just to the listeners of Prairie Home but to anyone who listens to things. They are my heroes—people who listen. I find myself all too often on the other side of the conversation, talking about what I'm doing. It's hard to maintain focus or give something enough attention to appreciate it. We're in a place where listening is a precious commodity. That's the theme that I noticed rising up, greater than 'here is what was happening last week' or 'here is the place we were.' It's a celebration of people who haven't switched off, despite being given every reason to do so."

Thile manned all the stringed instruments during the album sessions, save for bass (Alan Hampton) and viola (Nadia Sirota, on the title track). Ted Poor—like Hampton, a member of Andrew Bird's touring band—played drums on five tracks. Bartlett provided, in Thile's words, "whatever sounds weren't accounted for." Three guest singers also perform on the album, all of whom had been on A Prairie Home Companion multiple times: Sarah Jarosz, Gaby Moreno, and Aoife O'Donovan. Thile says, "All three had made really meaningful contributions to how the songs ended up expressing themselves. I would bounce lyrics off them at rehearsals—melodic moves, harmonic parts. That goes for all the musicians who played on this last APHC season. They all made such meaningful contributions to these songs. I'm really grateful."

MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile is the founding member of Punch Brothers, which a Boston Globe reviewer has called "the tightest, most impressive live band I have ever seen." The group's four Nonesuch albums are Punch, Antifogmatic, Who's Feeling Young Now?, and The Phosphorescent Blues. Thile's other Nonesuch releases include a duo album with guitarist Michael Daves, two records with bassist Edgar Meyer (one of which won a Grammy), a Bach album with Yo-Yo Ma and Meyer, a duet album with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, and the T Bone Burnett–produced soundtrack to the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis. As a soloist, Thile has released five albums—most recently the highly praised Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1—and performed extensively as a duo with fellow eminent mandolinist Mike Marshall. He spent his formative years as a member of the Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum selling band Nickel Creek, which reunited in 2014 for its highest-charting album to date, A Dotted Line, and an extensive tour.

Thile has been host of public radio favorite A Prairie Home Companion since last season, when he took over for longtime host Garrison Keillor. He had been a regular guest on the program since the age of fifteen. "I grew up with the show, says Chris. "I take this opportunity, this job, immensely seriously and with great awe." Musical guests on the show so far have included Jack White, Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma, Regina Spektor, and Esperanza Spalding, as well as spoken word guests like Trevor Noah and Maria Bamford. Thile's second season begins October 7 with guests Chris Stapleton and Julien Baker.

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Tour

Wed, Nov 28
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Wed, Nov 28
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Wed, Nov 28
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Wed, Nov 28
New York, NY
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Sat, Dec 1
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 1
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 8
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 8
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 15
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 15
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 22
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Dec 22
New York, NY
The Town Hall
Sat, Jan 12
Kansas City, MO
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Sat, Jan 12
Kansas City, MO
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Sat, Jan 19
Durham, NC
Durham Performing Arts Center
Sat, Jan 19
Durham, NC
Durham Performing Arts Center
Sat, Jan 26
Chicago, IL
Symphony Center
Sat, Jan 26
Chicago, IL
Symphony Center
Sat, Feb 23
Detroit, MI
Detroit Opera House
Sat, Feb 23
Detroit, MI
Detroit Opera House
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