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Watch: Punch Brothers Perform "This Girl" on "Late Show with David Letterman"

  • Thursday, April 5, 2012
    Watch: Punch Brothers Perform "This Girl" on "Late Show with David Letterman"

    Punch Brothers were the musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. The band performed "This Girl," off their latest new album, Who's Feeling Young Now?, released on Nonesuch Records earlier this year. Also on the show were Kiefer Sutherland and Eugene Levy. You can watch the complete episode at cbs.com and watch the band's performance of "This Girl" below.

    As noted earlier this week in the Nonesuch Journal, Punch Brothers will soon be hitting the road again with the next leg of their US tour. Following solo performances from mandolinist Chris Thile at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre on Sunday, the band kicks things off with a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor on Saturday, April 14. Tune in to public radio stations across the US and online then at prairiehome.org to hear the band live with Keillor and crew at New York's Town Hall. Punch Brothers return to Town Hall later this month as part of their headlining tour, with Jesca Hoop opening.

    The tour also makes a stop in Austin, where the band will tape an episode of Austin City Limits at Moody Theater on May 1 for future broadcast on PBS—raffle for free tickets will be announced on ACL's site shortly—and play a sold-out show at Antone's on May 2. The tour wraps up with a sold out LA Bluegrass Situation show at Largo in Los Angeles on May 4. Several summer festival dates follow.

    For more tour information and ticket links, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    Also this month, How to Grow a Band, an independent documentary by filmmaker Mark Meatto that chronicles the debut of "The Blind Leaving the Blind," featured on the Punch Brothers' 2008 Nonesuch debut album, Punch, is opening theatrically at New York's Village East Cinema on April 13; tickets are on sale now. Band members Gabe Witcher, Chris Eldridge, and Paul Kowert will join the filmmakers for a special Q&A following the 8 PM Opening Night screening.

    Watch Punch Brothers perform "This Girl" on The Late Show with David Letterman via The Audio Perv:

on April 5, 2012 - 10:39am
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Punch Brothers were the musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. The band performed "This Girl," off their new album, Who's Feeling Young Now?. Watch the performance here. Punch Brothers launch the latest leg of their US tour a week from Saturday with a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. The tour includes a stop in Austin for a taping of Austin City Limits and a sold-out show at Antone's and wraps up with a sold-out LA Bluegrass Situation show at Largo. Several summer festival dates follow.

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Punch Brothers were the musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. The band performed "This Girl," off their latest new album, Who's Feeling Young Now?, released on Nonesuch Records earlier this year. Also on the show were Kiefer Sutherland and Eugene Levy. You can watch the complete episode at cbs.com and watch the band's performance of "This Girl" below.

As noted earlier this week in the Nonesuch Journal, Punch Brothers will soon be hitting the road again with the next leg of their US tour. Following solo performances from mandolinist Chris Thile at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre on Sunday, the band kicks things off with a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor on Saturday, April 14. Tune in to public radio stations across the US and online then at prairiehome.org to hear the band live with Keillor and crew at New York's Town Hall. Punch Brothers return to Town Hall later this month as part of their headlining tour, with Jesca Hoop opening.

The tour also makes a stop in Austin, where the band will tape an episode of Austin City Limits at Moody Theater on May 1 for future broadcast on PBS—raffle for free tickets will be announced on ACL's site shortly—and play a sold-out show at Antone's on May 2. The tour wraps up with a sold out LA Bluegrass Situation show at Largo in Los Angeles on May 4. Several summer festival dates follow.

For more tour information and ticket links, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

Also this month, How to Grow a Band, an independent documentary by filmmaker Mark Meatto that chronicles the debut of "The Blind Leaving the Blind," featured on the Punch Brothers' 2008 Nonesuch debut album, Punch, is opening theatrically at New York's Village East Cinema on April 13; tickets are on sale now. Band members Gabe Witcher, Chris Eldridge, and Paul Kowert will join the filmmakers for a special Q&A following the 8 PM Opening Night screening.

Watch Punch Brothers perform "This Girl" on The Late Show with David Letterman via The Audio Perv:

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Thant ain't even close to Bluegrass as Letterman states...

Awesome sounding "Newgrass"! :) <3

The instrumentation makes it bluegrass. If there was a piano or a sax it isn't. Bluegrass is allowed and encouraged to evolve. I'm not hearing any chords Bill Monroe wouldn't recognize. Beautiful tune.

Eloquently observed Mr. Dokes; eloquently observed indeed!

While "This Girl" and indeed several other songs in their repertoire are not what one would call traditional bluegrass, the majority of their songs do fit the bluegrass bill. These guys are virtuosos on their instruments, and do some amazing things as a result. Call it 'newgrass' if you must, but know that, much like any other genre, it either evolves or it falls to the wayside and eventually dies. In either case, I am enjoying what they are doing, if you don't... well... to each his own.

Instrumentation has nothing to do with genre. Dictionary.com defines "genre" as: a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like. You can have music with any instrumentation you like it still be classified as bluegrass as long as it is played within the stylistic parameters. Bela Fleck has a solo classical album "Perpetual Motion" and in no way is the banjo a classical instrument. They are a progressive bluegrass band, also dubbed "newgrass," which is a sub-genre of bluegrass. Bluegrass is a sub-genre of country but you will never hear anyone call Bluegrass bands Country bands. And, the Punch Brothers play all kinds of chords that you will never hear on a Bill Monroe album.

Fergawdsakes, Punch Brothers have incredible bluegrass skills but their music is sort of a next-generation "newgrass" with a lot of indie rock, jazz, and classical influences. If you want more tranditional bluegrass, folks like Del McCoury and Ricky Skaggs will be happy to oblige -- Punch Brothers have taken a different route without losing sight of what they owe to Monroe, Scruggs, and the other early innovators. Good for them -- I wouldn't even mind if they added percussion, and it would probably be good for their commercial success, especially given that they're already using effects pedals, e.g. Chris Eldridge's distorted guitar sound on "This Girl." I recommend Debra Dobkin from LA -- she's especially good at fortifying the sound of acoustic string instruments without overwhelming them!

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