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  • July 16, 2018

    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.

  • July 12, 2018

    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.

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  • Punch Brothers' first self-produced album, All Ashore, is due on CD and digitally July 20, 2018, from Nonesuch Records, with the vinyl to come September 7. The record includes nine original songs written by the band. Pre-order All Ashore in the Nonesuch Store to download the album tracks "It's All Part of the Plan" and "Three Dots and a Dash" now and and an exclusive, limited-edition print signed by the band. A video for "It's All Part of the Plan," filmed by Alex Chaloff at Nashville's Layman Drug Company, may be seen here:

    All Ashore follows Punch Brothers' critically acclaimed T Bone Burnett–produced 2015 release, The Phosphorescent Blues, of which NPR said, "Punch Brothers sing of distraction and isolation in the digital age … the sound is all their own." For All Ashore, the quintet—guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher—again attempt to make sense of the world around them.

    As Thile says, the album is "a meditation on committed relationships in the present day, particularly in the present political climate." He continues, "We were hoping to create something that would be convincing as a complete thought, in this case as a nine-movement, or nine-piece, thought. Though it's rangy in what it's talking about, and in the characters who are doing the talking…"

    Punch Brothers returned to the same room at United Recording Studios in Hollywood (formerly Ocean Way) where they had recorded both The Phosphorescent Blues and their 2010 Jon Brion–produced Antifogmatic. Thile says they felt they had "established a rapport" with the space; the same "level of trust and love that breeds confidence" also led them to produce the album themselves, for the first time.

    "After four previous experiences we felt like we knew what we wanted. Going in we knew what we needed it to sound like and I think we had a specific enough vision to make the reality match up with that—as opposed to having someone navigate us toward something," Thile explains. "Also, T Bone last time around, with engineer Mike Piersante, led us to a sonic place where we knew we wanted to be again."

    Punch Brothers formed in 2006. Its first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the band's many musical interests. In 2009, they began a residency at NYC's intimate club The Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning Antifogmatic. In 2012, the band released Who's Feeling Young Now?, which Q praised for its "astonishing, envelope-pushing vision," while Rolling Stone said, "The acoustic framework dazzles—wild virtuosity used for more than just virtuosity." Its follow-up, The Phosphorescent Blues, was called "a typical genre-busting melange of avant-roots music that fuses jazz instrumental chops and acoustic earthiness, Beach Boys harmonies and Debussy string dances, slinky acoustic rock songs and blues laments" by the Chicago Tribune and a mixture of "chamber-music intricacy, improvisational flash, lump-in-throat balladry, and a puckish Debussy cover; T Bone Burnett's canny production simultaneously captures the band's woodsy caress and enhances its emotional impact," by the Boston Globe.

    Recently, Chris Thile took over hosting duties of Live from Here (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) in 2016 and released Thanks for Listening in late 2017—a collection of songs written for his popular radio show. Chris Eldridge partnered with Julian Lage for Mount Royal and Noam Pikelny released his fourth solo album, Universal Favorite. Both Mount Royal and Universal Favorite earned Grammy nominations and were produced by Gabe Witcher, who was also behind Sara Watkins' latest album, Young in All the Wrong Ways. Paul Kowert has been recording and touring with the Dave Rawlings Machine and recently released Unless, the debut album from Hawktail, Kowert's band with Jordan Tice, Brittney Haas, and Dominick Leslie.

Punch Brothers

Tour

Sun, Jul 15
Louisville, KY
Waterfront Park
Sun, Jul 15
Louisville, KY
Waterfront Park
Tue, Jul 17
Charlotte, NC
Knight Theater
Tue, Jul 17
Charlotte, NC
Knight Theater
Wed, Jul 18
Richmond, VA
Maymont
Wed, Jul 18
Richmond, VA
Maymont
Fri, Jul 20
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Fri, Jul 20
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Sat, Jul 21
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Sat, Jul 21
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Sun, Jul 22
Durham, NC
Durham Performing Arts Center
Sun, Jul 22
Durham, NC
Durham Performing Arts Center
Mon, Jul 23
Philadelphia, PA
Union Transfer
Mon, Jul 23
Philadelphia, PA
Union Transfer
Wed, Jul 25
Boston, MA
House of Blues
Wed, Jul 25
Boston, MA
House of Blues
Thu, Jul 26
Burlington, VT
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Thu, Jul 26
Burlington, VT
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Fri, Jul 27
Portland, ME
State Theatre
Fri, Jul 27
Portland, ME
State Theatre
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Punch Brothers—whose name is taken from the Mark Twain short story, Punch, Brothers, Punch!—features a formidable lineup of musicians from the worlds of bluegrass, folk, and traditional music: composer-singer-mandolin player Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, banjo player Noam Pikelny, violinist Gabe Witcher, and bassist Paul Kowert. The band's self-titled fifth album, All Ashore, out July 2018, follows Punch (2008), Antifogmatic (2010), Who's Feeling Young Now? (2012), and The Phosphorescent Blues (2015).

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Punch Brothers' first self-produced album, All Ashore, is due on CD and digitally July 20, 2018, from Nonesuch Records, with the vinyl to come September 7. The record includes nine original songs written by the band. Pre-order All Ashore in the Nonesuch Store to download the album tracks "It's All Part of the Plan" and "Three Dots and a Dash" now and and an exclusive, limited-edition print signed by the band. A video for "It's All Part of the Plan," filmed by Alex Chaloff at Nashville's Layman Drug Company, may be seen here:

All Ashore follows Punch Brothers' critically acclaimed T Bone Burnett–produced 2015 release, The Phosphorescent Blues, of which NPR said, "Punch Brothers sing of distraction and isolation in the digital age … the sound is all their own." For All Ashore, the quintet—guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher—again attempt to make sense of the world around them.

As Thile says, the album is "a meditation on committed relationships in the present day, particularly in the present political climate." He continues, "We were hoping to create something that would be convincing as a complete thought, in this case as a nine-movement, or nine-piece, thought. Though it's rangy in what it's talking about, and in the characters who are doing the talking…"

Punch Brothers returned to the same room at United Recording Studios in Hollywood (formerly Ocean Way) where they had recorded both The Phosphorescent Blues and their 2010 Jon Brion–produced Antifogmatic. Thile says they felt they had "established a rapport" with the space; the same "level of trust and love that breeds confidence" also led them to produce the album themselves, for the first time.

"After four previous experiences we felt like we knew what we wanted. Going in we knew what we needed it to sound like and I think we had a specific enough vision to make the reality match up with that—as opposed to having someone navigate us toward something," Thile explains. "Also, T Bone last time around, with engineer Mike Piersante, led us to a sonic place where we knew we wanted to be again."

Punch Brothers formed in 2006. Its first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the band's many musical interests. In 2009, they began a residency at NYC's intimate club The Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning Antifogmatic. In 2012, the band released Who's Feeling Young Now?, which Q praised for its "astonishing, envelope-pushing vision," while Rolling Stone said, "The acoustic framework dazzles—wild virtuosity used for more than just virtuosity." Its follow-up, The Phosphorescent Blues, was called "a typical genre-busting melange of avant-roots music that fuses jazz instrumental chops and acoustic earthiness, Beach Boys harmonies and Debussy string dances, slinky acoustic rock songs and blues laments" by the Chicago Tribune and a mixture of "chamber-music intricacy, improvisational flash, lump-in-throat balladry, and a puckish Debussy cover; T Bone Burnett's canny production simultaneously captures the band's woodsy caress and enhances its emotional impact," by the Boston Globe.

Recently, Chris Thile took over hosting duties of Live from Here (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) in 2016 and released Thanks for Listening in late 2017—a collection of songs written for his popular radio show. Chris Eldridge partnered with Julian Lage for Mount Royal and Noam Pikelny released his fourth solo album, Universal Favorite. Both Mount Royal and Universal Favorite earned Grammy nominations and were produced by Gabe Witcher, who was also behind Sara Watkins' latest album, Young in All the Wrong Ways. Paul Kowert has been recording and touring with the Dave Rawlings Machine and recently released Unless, the debut album from Hawktail, Kowert's band with Jordan Tice, Brittney Haas, and Dominick Leslie.

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Tour

Sun, Jul 15
Louisville, KY
Waterfront Park
Sun, Jul 15
Louisville, KY
Waterfront Park
Tue, Jul 17
Charlotte, NC
Knight Theater
Tue, Jul 17
Charlotte, NC
Knight Theater
Wed, Jul 18
Richmond, VA
Maymont
Wed, Jul 18
Richmond, VA
Maymont
Fri, Jul 20
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Fri, Jul 20
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Sat, Jul 21
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Sat, Jul 21
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Sun, Jul 22
Durham, NC
Durham Performing Arts Center
Sun, Jul 22
Durham, NC
Durham Performing Arts Center
Mon, Jul 23
Philadelphia, PA
Union Transfer
Mon, Jul 23
Philadelphia, PA
Union Transfer
Wed, Jul 25
Boston, MA
House of Blues
Wed, Jul 25
Boston, MA
House of Blues
Thu, Jul 26
Burlington, VT
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Thu, Jul 26
Burlington, VT
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Fri, Jul 27
Portland, ME
State Theatre
Fri, Jul 27
Portland, ME
State Theatre
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