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  • Friday, January 6, 2017

    Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau will release their self-titled debut duo album on January 27. At the end of 2015, they played a two-night stand at Bowery Ballroom in NYC before going into the studio to record the album, a mix of original songs and covers, like Elliott Smith's "Independence Day." You can now watch a video of their Bowery Ballroom performance of the song here. The album track may be downloaded now with pre-orders of Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, along with their take on "Scarlet Town," written by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch.

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  • Monday, December 12, 2016

    Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau were guests on CBS This Morning Saturday. They stopped gave a Saturday Sessions performance of three songs from their forthcoming debut duo album, Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau: Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright," Elliott Smith's "Independence Day," and Thile and Mehldau's own "The Old Shade Tree." The selection reflects the mix of covers and original songs on the new double album, which is due January 27. You can watch the performances here.

     

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television Video
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016

    Nonesuch labelmates mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau played a two-night stand at NYC's Bowery Ballroom at the end of 2015 before going into the studio to record Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs due January 27, 2017, on two CDs / LPs. The vinyl edition includes a bonus performance of Fiona Apple's "Fast As You Can." Pre-orders include an instant download of the album track "Scarlet Town," written by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch. You can watch a live performance of the song here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016

    Chris Thile, the new host of the public radio show A Prairie Home Companion and duo partner of label mate Brad Mehldau on a just-announced forthcoming album, was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. He sat in with Jon Batiste & Stay Human throughout the show and was accompanied by them in a performance of "My Oh My," a song from the 2015 Punch Brothers album The Phosphorescent Blues. You can watch that performance here. Also on the show were Eddie Redmayne, Alton Brown, and Bernie Sanders.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television Video
  • Monday, October 24, 2016

    Chris Thile spoke with PBS NewsHour about his new role as host of A Prairie Home Companion. "I’m obsessed with the good things that people make to give to one another," Thile says. "This show is a place, has been one of America’s most consistent sources of good things for 40 years. And I feel like it’s imperative that it continue." Mike Olson of Lake Street Dive, which was a musical guest on Thile's first show as host, tells PBS: "The desire to have a vinyl record and the desire to listen to a variety show and these kinds of things goes beyond nostalgia. And that’s a very visceral experience. And there’s something I think directly transferable to a show like this." Watch the piece here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    Chris Thile was on NPR's quiz show Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! last weekend. He discussed his new role as host of A Prairie Home Companion, which begins October 15 with special guests Lake Street Dive and Jack White. Thile, a co-founder of the band Nickel Creek, also answers questions about the similarly named band Nickelback in the segment "Not My Job," which host Peter Sagal describes as "the game where people who are geniuses at what they do prove how good they can be doing something else entirely." You can hear how well Thile did here. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Chris Thile, who will take over for Garrison Keillor as the new host of the beloved public radio program A Prairie Home Companion this fall, has announced a few of the musicians who will join him as the show's house band, along with pianist Rich Dworsky. Among them are two of Thile's fellow Punch Brothers: Chris Eldridge on guitar and Paul Kowert on bass. You can watch Thile give a snapshot of the house band in the video from the show here. Thile will host the new season of A Prairie Home Companion beginning on October 15.

     

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Monday, July 11, 2016

    Chris Thile launches a week-long US tour with banjoist Béla Fleck at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha Tuesday. The tour continues with a stop at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan; two in upstate New York, at Smith Opera House in Geneva and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival; and two concerts in California, at the Fox Theater in Oakland and the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    American Acoustic, a Chris Thile–curated festival at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, gets under way this evening and runs through Saturday. The performances feature collaborations between Thile and performers including Punch Brothers, Michael Daves, Edgar Meyer, and others. "One of the thesis statements of the week is going to be to look beyond genre and examine and celebrate the similarities between great instances of music making, rather than the differences," Thile tells the Washington Post.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Chris Thile will take over for Garrison Keillor as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion beginning on October 15, 2016. The show will continue to be broadcast live on Saturday nights from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, as well as from venues across the country, including The Town Hall in NYC, where he and Keillor will co-host this Saturday. Each of the new live shows will feature a mix of well-known and up-and-coming musicians, humor with sketch comedy and spoken word, plus an original "Song of the Week" composed by Thile. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, March 31, 2016

    The line-up for American Acoustic with Chris Thile, a four-day festival curated by Thile at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, June 22–25, 2016, has been announced. The event features collaborations between Thile and performers including Punch Brothers, Michael Daves, Edgar Meyer, Gabriel Kahane, Béla Fleck, Julian Lage, Merrill Garbus, and I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Jarosz). Tickets go on sale to Kennedy Center Members on Monday, April 4, and to the general public on Thursday, April 7.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016

    The line-up for the 2016 MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati has been announced, and among the performers are Kronos Quartet, Punch Brothers, Chris Thile, and Sam Amidon. The three-day festival, founded by artistic director Bryce Dessner, will take place March 18–20. Kronos Quartet will join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for performances at Cincinnati's Music Hall the first two nights of the festival, performing works by Julia Wolfe and Terry Riley. Chris Thile closes out Friday night's program with a solo set and joins his fellow Punch Brothers to close out the weekend at the Cincinnati Masonic Center Auditorium on Sunday with Sam Amidon.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour

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