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    Punch Brothers' First Self-Produced Album, "All Ashore," Due July 20 on Nonesuch

    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. In celebration of its release, Punch Brothers play at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 24 before embarking on a thirty-six-city US tour, kicking off on July 12 in Charleston, SC and continuing through September 17 at Red Rocks; additional stops include Nashville, Boston, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Orleans (details below). All Ashore is available to pre-order now at iTunes, the Punch Brothers Store, and the Nonesuch Store, where the album tracks "It's All Part of the Plan" and "Three Dots and a Dash" may be downloaded instantly; pre-orders from the Nonesuch Store also include 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 will be available at Spotify and Apple Music.

    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 ON TOUR

    Jun 24 Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Sold Out Telluride, CO
    Jun 30 Live From Here @ Tanglewood Lenox, MA
    Jul 12 Gaillard Center Charleston, SC
    Jul 13 Pisgah Brewing Co. Black Mountain, NC
    Jul 14 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
    Jul 15 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY
    Jul 17 Knight Theater Charlotte, NC
    Jul 18 Maymount Richmond, VA
    Jul 20 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
    Jul 21 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
    Jul 22 Durham Performing Arts Center Durham, NC
    Jul 23 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
    Jul 25 House of Blues Boston, MA
    Jul 26 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, VT
    Jul 27 State Theatre Portland, ME
    Jul 28 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
         
    Aug 8 Center for the Arts Buffalo, NY
    Aug 9 Cain Park Cleveland Heights, OH
    Aug 10 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
    Aug 11 Palace Theatre St. Paul, MN
    Aug 13 The Commonwealth Room Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug 14 Egyptian Theatre Boise, ID
    Aug 15 Bing Crosby Theater Spokane, WA
    Aug 17 Kettlehouse Amphitheater^ Bonner, MT
    Aug 18 Oregon Zoo Amphitheater^ Portland, OR
    Aug 19 Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre^ Seattle, WA
    Aug 21 Jackson Hall Davis, CA
    Aug 22 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
    Aug 23 Weill Hall Rohnert Park, CA
    Aug 24 Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles, CA
    Aug 25 Observatory at North Park San Diego, CA
         
    Sep 6 The Anthem Washington, DC
    Sep 7 Symphony Center Chicago, IL
    Sep 8 Touhill Performing Arts Center St. Louis, MO
    Sep 9 Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Kansas City, MO
    Sep 11 Manship Theatre Baton Rouge, LA
    Sep 12 Civic Theatre New Orleans, LA
    Sep 13 Bass Concert Hall Austin, TX
    Sep 14 Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX
    Sep 15 Tower Theatre Oklahoma City, OK
    Sep 17 Red Rocks Amphitheatre* Morrison, CO
         
    Nov 5 Pumpehuset Copenhagen, DENMARK
    Nov 7 Konzerthaus Mozart Saal Vienna, AUSTRIA
    Nov 8 Alhambra Geneva, SWITZERLAND
    Nov 9 Neumünster Kirche Zürich, SWITZERLAND
    Nov 11 Dashaus Ludwigshafen, GERMANY
    Nov 12 THT / Paradiso Noord Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
    Nov 14 Philharmonie Luxembourg Luxembourg City, LUXEMBOURG
    Nov 16 Barbican Centre London, UNITED KINGDOM
    Nov 17 Le Trianon Paris, FRANCE
    Nov 18 Elbphilharmonie (Großer Saal) Hamburg, GERMANY
         

    ^ w/Andrew Bird
    * w/Gillian Welch

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Punch Brothers' First Self-Produced Album, "All Ashore," Due July 20 on Nonesuch

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Punch Brothers' first self-produced album, All Ashore, is due July 20, 2018, from Nonesuch, with the vinyl on September 7. The record includes nine original songs written by the band. "It's a meditation on committed relationships in the present day, particularly in the present political climate," says Chris Thile. Pre-order in the Nonesuch Store to download two songs now and get an exclusive print signed by the band. Watch a video for "It's All Part of the Plan," filmed in Nashville, here. Punch Brothers play the Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 24 before embarking on a US tour.

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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. In celebration of its release, Punch Brothers play at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 24 before embarking on a thirty-six-city US tour, kicking off on July 12 in Charleston, SC and continuing through September 17 at Red Rocks; additional stops include Nashville, Boston, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Orleans (details below). All Ashore is available to pre-order now at iTunes, the Punch Brothers Store, and the Nonesuch Store, where the album tracks "It's All Part of the Plan" and "Three Dots and a Dash" may be downloaded instantly; pre-orders from the Nonesuch Store also include 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 will be available at Spotify and Apple Music.

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 ON TOUR

Jun 24 Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Sold Out Telluride, CO
Jun 30 Live From Here @ Tanglewood Lenox, MA
Jul 12 Gaillard Center Charleston, SC
Jul 13 Pisgah Brewing Co. Black Mountain, NC
Jul 14 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Jul 15 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY
Jul 17 Knight Theater Charlotte, NC
Jul 18 Maymount Richmond, VA
Jul 20 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Jul 21 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Jul 22 Durham Performing Arts Center Durham, NC
Jul 23 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
Jul 25 House of Blues Boston, MA
Jul 26 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, VT
Jul 27 State Theatre Portland, ME
Jul 28 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
     
Aug 8 Center for the Arts Buffalo, NY
Aug 9 Cain Park Cleveland Heights, OH
Aug 10 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
Aug 11 Palace Theatre St. Paul, MN
Aug 13 The Commonwealth Room Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 14 Egyptian Theatre Boise, ID
Aug 15 Bing Crosby Theater Spokane, WA
Aug 17 Kettlehouse Amphitheater^ Bonner, MT
Aug 18 Oregon Zoo Amphitheater^ Portland, OR
Aug 19 Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre^ Seattle, WA
Aug 21 Jackson Hall Davis, CA
Aug 22 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
Aug 23 Weill Hall Rohnert Park, CA
Aug 24 Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles, CA
Aug 25 Observatory at North Park San Diego, CA
     
Sep 6 The Anthem Washington, DC
Sep 7 Symphony Center Chicago, IL
Sep 8 Touhill Performing Arts Center St. Louis, MO
Sep 9 Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Kansas City, MO
Sep 11 Manship Theatre Baton Rouge, LA
Sep 12 Civic Theatre New Orleans, LA
Sep 13 Bass Concert Hall Austin, TX
Sep 14 Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX
Sep 15 Tower Theatre Oklahoma City, OK
Sep 17 Red Rocks Amphitheatre* Morrison, CO
     
Nov 5 Pumpehuset Copenhagen, DENMARK
Nov 7 Konzerthaus Mozart Saal Vienna, AUSTRIA
Nov 8 Alhambra Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Nov 9 Neumünster Kirche Zürich, SWITZERLAND
Nov 11 Dashaus Ludwigshafen, GERMANY
Nov 12 THT / Paradiso Noord Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Nov 14 Philharmonie Luxembourg Luxembourg City, LUXEMBOURG
Nov 16 Barbican Centre London, UNITED KINGDOM
Nov 17 Le Trianon Paris, FRANCE
Nov 18 Elbphilharmonie (Großer Saal) Hamburg, GERMANY
     

^ w/Andrew Bird
* w/Gillian Welch

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