Chris Thile & Michael Daves to Perform at WNYC "Soundcheck" Live Event; New Album a "Ridiculously Blazing Set" (Rolling Stone)
Chris Thile and Michael Daves will be the guests on New York NPR member station WNYC's Soundcheck on Wednesday, July 20, talking with host John Schaefer and performing songs from their recently released debut duo album, Sleep With One Eye Open, before a live audience in WNYC's Greene Space in downtown Manhattan. Later that night, the duo head out to Brooklyn to perform in concert at the Bell House. For tickets to both shows, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
"Mandolin god Chris Thile," writes Rolling Stone's Will Hermes, "is generally known for kicking bluegrass forward," as with his band Punch Brothers. In the Rolling Stone review of Sleep With One Eye Open, Hermes writes: "This ridiculously blazing set with hot-shit Brooklyn guitarist Michael Daves ... focuses instead on old timey material by Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and others. Dusty museum pieces they're not: The uptempo jams are wild-picking shred fests, and the ballads cut deep. On a soulful reading of the traditional 'Rain and Snow' (a Grateful Dead staple), the pair's high lonesome harmonies are hollered up like pleas from the depths of a coal mine."
Read the complete review at rollingstone.com.
To pick up a copy of Sleep With One Eye Open, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.
Following last weekend's Telluride Bluegrass Festival, at which Thile performed sets with both Daves and Punch Brothers, has two festival dates with Punch Brothers this weekend—the ROMP bluegrass and roots music festival in Owensboro, Kentucky, on Friday, and the Dave Matthew Band Caravan in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Saturday—followed by a free outdoor set in Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell next Thursday as part of Celebrate Brooklyn! also featuring Justin Townes Earle. For more information on these and other upcoming Punch Brothers shows, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.