http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/npr-poll-names-four-nonesuch-albums-among-years-best-2008-11-24November 24, 2008|0 comments
Randy Newman, The Black Keys, The Magnetic Fields, and Punch Brothers. It's quite an eclectic list of artists, but they all share one thing, in addition to being Nonesuch label mates: they've all made the list of the Top 100 of the Year's Best CDs from NPR's All Songs Considered. The show is now looking for your input to narrow down the list to the Top 10. And speaking of year-end bests, Blender's annual Top 33 lists Randy's Harps and Angels at No. 8.Read more|Journal Topics:Radiopunch brothershttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/buffalo-news-punch-brothers-give-revelatory-high-flying-masterful-performances-2008-11-18November 18, 2008|1 comments
Punch Brothers are on the road again, touring the States, following Chris Thile's duo tour with bassist Edgar Meyer. Last night, the quintet performed at the University of Buffalo Center for the Arts. The Buffalo News says that as "Bach eventually begat Beethoven," so too has Punch Brothers taken "Bill Monroe’s speeded-up version of old-time country music and accelerating it into another century." The review calls Chris "ferociously gifted," Noam Pikelny's banjo playing "revelatory and a perfect counter for Thile’s high flying skills," and their bandmates' playing "masterful."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewspunch brothershttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/punch-brothers-tour-introduces-bands-new-bass-player-2008-11-10November 10, 2008|0 comments
Punch Brothers kicked off a string of November tour dates this past weekend. These latest dates marked the debut of Punch Brothers' new bassist, Paul Kowert, who, fittingly, studied with Chris Thile's recent duo partner, Edgar Meyer. The Bluegrass Blog says Kowert is "more than up to the task. Not only has he memorized the demanding Punch Brothers repertoire, but he is a brilliant soloist in his own right." The band, the review concludes is "the most technically gifted string ensemble yet assembled, and the discipline they exhibit individually and as a unit is a wonder to behold."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News Reviewspunch brothershttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/chris-thile-edgar-meyer-preview-new-album-at-aspenAugust 13, 2008|0 comments
Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer will preview their forthcoming, self-titled debut duo album tonight in a special concert at the Aspen Music Festival. On the record, due out September 23 and available now for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store, are 12 original songs by the two musicians. There's also a deluxe version that includes a 50-minute DVD with performances, rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes footage with Edgar and Chris. The Aspen Times says Chris's first Nonesuch record, Punch, with the Punch Brothers, takes "acoustic music to an appreciably higher level."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release On Tour Reviewspunch brothershttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/punch-brothers-noam-pikleny-featured-on-wttws-chicago-tonightJuly 30, 2008|0 comments
When Punch Brothers played the Ravinia Festival outside Chicago last week, it was something of a coming home for the band's banjo player, Noam Pikelny, a native son of the city. Chicago Tonight, from public television station WTTW, profiles Noam and the band whose Nonesuch debut, Punch, "takes bluegrass where it has never gone before."Read more|Journal Topics:Televisionpunch brothershttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/watch-punch-brothers-performance-and-interview-online-from-daily-telegraphJuly 29, 2008|0 comments
During their UK tour earlier this month, Punch Brothers recorded a few performances for The Daily Telegraph's online Telegraph TV during a sound check for their London show. You can now watch the group perform the first movement (part 2) of The Blind Leaving the Blind and "It'll Happen" from their Nonesuch debut, Punch, as well as an interview with the Telegraph's Iain Gray.Read more|Journal Topics:Videopunch brothershttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/punch-brothers-play-free-nyc-showJuly 23, 2008|1 comments
Punch Brothers, fresh off a successful tour of Ireland and the UK, are back in the States and set to play tonight in downtown New York City as part of the River to River Festival of free summer concerts. After last week's London show, the Financial Times called the group among the "foremost practitioners" of "progressive bluegrass," and their music "Americana played with adventure and accomplishment." Please note: due to tonight's inclement weather forecast, the concert has been moved inside, to Stuyvesant High School, across the street from Rockefeller Park.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewspunch brothershttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/punch-brothers-finalists-in-espns-battle-of-the-bands-chris-thile-answers-fans-questions-on-July 07, 2008|0 commentsPunch Brothers Finalists in ESPN's Battle of the Bands; Chris Thile Answers Fans' Questions on "Baseball Tonight"
Congratulations to Punch Brothers: the band's take on "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" has been selected as one of three finalists in ESPN's Battle of the Bands, part of Baseball's Tonight's celebration of the 100th anniversary of that classic baseball tune. Chris Thile be stopping by the show Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 PM ET to answer fans' questions about the tune, the contest, the band, and anything else that might cross fans' minds. You can submit your own question now ...Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Televisionpunch brothershttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/punch-brothers-perform-take-me-out-to-the-ballgame-on-espns-baseball-tonightJune 18, 2008|0 comments
Tune in to tonight's episode of ESPN's Baseball Tonight at 7 PM ET to catch the Punch Brothers' take on the classic baseball tune "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." ESPN celebrates the 100th anniversary of the iconic song by with a "battle of the bands."Read more|Journal Topics:Televisionpunch brothershttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/chris-thile-nominated-for-2008-americana-award-instrumentalist-of-the-yearJune 12, 2008|0 comments
Congratulations to Punch Brothers' Chris Thile has been nominated for a 2008 Americana Award by the Americana Music Association. Chris joins an esteemed group of nominees in the Instrumentalist of the Year category, which also includes Sam Bush, Gurf Morlix, and Buddy Miller, who appears on Emmylou Harris's new album, All I Intended to Be.