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Michael Daves has released two versions of the Ralph Stanley–penned tune "Pretty Polly," off his forthcoming album, Orchids and Violence, due February 26. As with the whole double album's repertoire, Daves offers both a more straightforward bluegrass interpretation, featuring a band of roots-music innovators, and a second, more raw, experimental rock take on those tunes mostly played by Daves. You can hear both versions here and download them, along with the album tracks "The Dirt That You Throw," when you pre-order the album.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsmichael daveshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/michael-daves-celebrate-release-album-orchids-and-violence-nyc-concerts-2016-01-21January 21, 2016|0 comments
Guitarist and singer Michael Daves celebrates the February 26 release of his double album Orchids and Violence with a series of live performances in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, Knitting Factory Brooklyn, and The Bell House, March 3–5. The album comprises bluegrass and electric versions of mostly old-time material. In the first set each show, Daves will present the bluegrass material with Noam Pikelny on banjo, Brittany Haas on fiddle, Jake Jolliff on mandolin, Larry Cook on bass, and Jen Larson on harmony vocals. The second set will feature the electric material with Daves joined by experimental rock drummer Kid Millions and electric bassist Jessi Carter.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist News On Tourmichael daveshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/nonesuch-releases-bluegrass-guitarist-michael-daves-orchids-violence-2015-12-18December 18, 2015|0 commentsNonesuch Records Releases Acclaimed Bluegrass Guitarist Michael Daves's Two-Album Set, "Orchids and Violence," February 26
Nonesuch Records releases Michael Daves's two-album set, Orchids and Violence, on February 26, 2016. Orchids and Violence comprises two discs with identical track listings of mostly traditional bluegrass tunes, including songs by bluegrass pioneers Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. The first disc features straightforward interpretations recorded in a 19th-century church with a band of roots-music innovators: bassist Mike Bub, violinist Brittany Haas, mandolinist Sarah Jarosz, and Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny. The second disc was recorded in Daves's home studio and includes bass, drums, and electric guitar, mostly played by Daves, and takes a raw, experimental rock approach to the same old-time material. Pre-orders include an instant download of both the bluegrass and electric versions of the song "The Dirt That You Throw."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist Newsmichael daveshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/sam-amidon-carolina-chocolate-drops-chris-thile-michael-daves-divided-united-songs-civil-war-2013-10-30October 29, 2013|0 commentsSam Amidon, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Chris Thile & Michael Daves Perform on "Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War"
Sam Amidon, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Chris Thile & Michael Daves have all contributed songs to Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War, a new collection of Civil War–era tunes recorded by contemporary artists, to be released on ATO Records on November 5. The album, which is streaming in full via Garden and Gun in advance of the release, features Amidon on "Wildwood Flower," the Chocolate Drops on "Day of Liberty," and Thile and Daves on "Richmond Is a Hard Road to Travel," as well as performances from Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Dolly Parton, Steve Earle, T Bone Burnett, and Thile's Punch Brothers band mate Noam Pikelny. Nonesuch Records released the soundtrack to Ken Burns' acclaimed documentary The Civil War in 1990.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsmichael daveshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/chris-thile-michael-daves-launch-west-coast-duo-tour-2013-05-09May 09, 2013|0 comments
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and guitar maven Michael Daves launch a week-long duo tour of the US West Coast, featuring music from their 2011 album Sleep with One Eye Open, with a performance at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco tonight, followed by shows in LA, Portland, and Seattle; they reunite in July for the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in upstate New York. The duo makes for "a rip-roaring partnership," says the New York Times. "Bluegrass, in their hands, gets roughed up in the best possible way, with skill and fervor, and a touch of abandon." Thile and his fellow Punch Brothers perform at a number of bluegrass festivals starting later this month.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsmichael daveshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/newport-folk-fest-doc-emmylou-harris-carolina-chocolate-drops-low-anthem-thile-daves-wanda-jackson-2012-05-01May 01, 2012|0 commentsNewport Folk Fest Doc Features Emmylou Harris, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Low Anthem, Chris Thile, Michael Daves, Wanda Jackson
This year's Newport Folk Festival in July includes sets from Punch Brothers and Sara Watkins. A new short documentary from sö pa productions and Ryan Mastro revisits last year's festival and looks into what makes Newport so special. The video features interviews and performances from artists at last year's festival, including Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Low Anthem, Chris Thile, Michael Daves, Wanda Jackson, and Emmylou Harris. "In the story of my life, folk music brought me to music," says Harris. Newport "was where these people that I just kind of worshiped gathered." Watch the documentary here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Videomichael daveshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/chris-thile-michael-daves-display-dazzling-virtuosity-ny-times-lincoln-centers-american-songbook-2012-01-17January 17, 2012|0 commentsChris Thile & Michael Daves Display "Dazzling Virtuosity" (NY Times) in Lincoln Center's American Songbook Concert
Chris Thile and Michael Daves brought the music of their debut duo album, Sleep with One Eye Open, to the picturesque Allen Room overlooking New York's Central Park as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. "They’ve been playing small club shows downtown, and they brought that informality to the Allen Room," says the New York Times, "punctuating dazzling virtuosity with bluegrass-aficionado banter and 'Fiddle Tune Request Time.'” Thile and Daves "sing and play the daylights" out of the tunes, says the Times, playing both with "breakneck" speed and "with restraint and delicacy."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News Reviewsmichael daveshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/grammy-nominations-ry-cooder-emmylou-harris-pat-metheny-chris-thile-michael-daves-afrocubism-2011-12-01December 01, 2011|0 commentsGrammy Nominations Go to Ry Cooder, Emmylou Harris, Pat Metheny, Chris Thile, Michael Daves, AfroCubism
Congratulations to all the Nonesuch artists who were nominated for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards: Ry Cooder and Emmylou Harris for Best Americana Album, Pat Metheny for Best New Age Album, Chris Thile & Michael Daves for Best Bluegrass Album, and World Circuit / Nonesuch Records artists AfroCubism for Best World Music Album. You can hear music from all the nominated albums on the new Nonesuch Radio channel "2011 Grammy Nominees."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist Newsmichael daveshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/chris-thile-michael-daves-perform-lincoln-center-american-songbook-series-january-2012-2011-10-31October 31, 2011|0 commentsChris Thile & Michael Daves to Perform on Lincoln Center's "American Songbook" Series in January 2012
The line-up for the 2012 American Songbook series from Lincoln Center has been announced, and among the artists performing are mandolinist Chris Thile and guitarist Michael Daves. The duo will perform songs from their debut album, Sleep with One Eye Open, at The Allen Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall, overlooking New York's Central Park, on Thursday, January 12. Tickets are go on sale to the general public on November 14. Friends of Lincoln Center will be given early access on November 3.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsmichael daveshttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/chris-thile-michael-daves-featured-acoustic-cafe-2011-10-03October 03, 2011|0 comments
Chris Thile and Michael Daves are featured on the latest episode of the weekly radio show Acoustic Café. On the show, Thile and Daves talks with host Rob Reinhart about their album, Sleep with One Eye Open, and play songs from the album live in studio. Thile and his fellow Punch Brothers performed at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this past weekend; the band will support Paul Simon on tour this November.