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  • Punch Brothers and Watchhouse join forces this summer for the second American Acoustic US tour, with dates in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and New Haven, among others; Sarah Jarosz also joins them for most of the dates. Thile says: “It took five years, but I’m elated to announce the second traveling edition of American Acoustic for this summer. Joining my fellow Punch Brothers and me in front of a pair of large condenser microphones will be our dear friends, Watchhouse and Sarah Jarosz, for a collaborative evening of music that traverses our respective catalogues and celebrates being together.”

  • Punch Brothers are on the latest episode of NPR’s World Cafe. Chris Thile and “Critter” Eldridge talk with host Raina Douris about Punch Brothers’ new album, Hell on Church Street, a reimagining of, and homage to, the landmark solo album Church Street Blues by the late bluegrass great Tony Rice, whom Thile calls “a beacon of creative energy in the roots community.” The band also shares live performances of four album tracks: Norman Blake’s “Church Street Blues” and “Orphan Annie,” the traditional tune “Cattle in the Cane," and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” You can hear it all here.

  • About This Album

    Hell on Church Street, Punch Brothers’ newest album, released January 14, 2022, on Nonesuch Records, is the band’s reimagining of, and homage to, the late bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark solo album Church Street Blues. The record features a collection of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Monroe, and others. 

    Recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio in November 2020, during a time of great uncertainty, Hell on Church Street was intended as both its own work of art and a gift to Rice, who died that Christmas. Punch Brothers said of Tony Rice and Church Street Blues: “No record (or musician) has had a greater impact on us, and we felt compelled to cover it in its entirety, with the objective of interacting with it in the same spirit of respect-fueled adventure that Tony brought to each of its pre-existing songs.”

    Hell on Church Street follows Punch Brothers’ critically acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning 2018 album All Ashore, which featured nine original songs written by the band. The Boston Globe said of All Ashore, “Punch Brothers have crafted a deeply meaningful and downright gorgeous record that takes the world for what it is, but doesn’t use that as an excuse to give up.”

    Punch Brothers—guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny, mandolinist/singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher—formed in 2006 and released its first Nonesuch record, Punch, in 2008. In 2009, the band began a residency at NYC’s intimate Lower East Side club The Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning  Antifogmatic (2010). Those albums were followed by the critically praised Who’s Feeling Young Now? (also recorded at Blackbird Studio) in 2012 and 2015’s T Bone Burnett-produced The Phosphorescent Blues.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Chris Thile, mandolin, vocals
    Noam Pikelny, banjo
    Chris Eldridge, guitar, vocals
    Paul Kowert, bass
    Gabe Witcher, fiddle, vocals

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Punch Brothers
    Recorded by David Sinko with Sean Badum at Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN
    Mixed by David Boucher at Chateau Boucher
    Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, Los Angeles, CA

    Design by Jeri Heiden at SMOG Design, Inc.
    Cover Artwork by Philip Singer
    Photography by David McClister

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on September 10, 2021 - 3:44pm
Release Date: 
Friday, January 14, 2022 (All day)
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Punch Brothers' album Hell on Church Street is the band's reimagining of, and homage to, the late bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark solo album Church Street Blues, featuring an inspired collection of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Monroe, and others. Recorded in November 2020, Hell on Church Street had been intended as both its own work of art and a gift to Rice, who died later that year. "After we got over the shock of losing our hero and friend," Noam Pikelny says, "we realized what Tony had left with us was his music, his spirit, and his legacy." "We spent a lot of time contemplating what happened when Church Street Blues hit our ears as a band," Chris Thile says: "we held it out, we conversed with it, and now we’re handing it to you." 

Description: 

Hell on Church Street, Punch Brothers’ newest album, released January 14, 2022, on Nonesuch Records, is the band’s reimagining of, and homage to, the late bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark solo album Church Street Blues. The record features a collection of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Monroe, and others. 

Recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio in November 2020, during a time of great uncertainty, Hell on Church Street was intended as both its own work of art and a gift to Rice, who died that Christmas. Punch Brothers said of Tony Rice and Church Street Blues: “No record (or musician) has had a greater impact on us, and we felt compelled to cover it in its entirety, with the objective of interacting with it in the same spirit of respect-fueled adventure that Tony brought to each of its pre-existing songs.”

Hell on Church Street follows Punch Brothers’ critically acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning 2018 album All Ashore, which featured nine original songs written by the band. The Boston Globe said of All Ashore, “Punch Brothers have crafted a deeply meaningful and downright gorgeous record that takes the world for what it is, but doesn’t use that as an excuse to give up.”

Punch Brothers—guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny, mandolinist/singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher—formed in 2006 and released its first Nonesuch record, Punch, in 2008. In 2009, the band began a residency at NYC’s intimate Lower East Side club The Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning  Antifogmatic (2010). Those albums were followed by the critically praised Who’s Feeling Young Now? (also recorded at Blackbird Studio) in 2012 and 2015’s T Bone Burnett-produced The Phosphorescent Blues.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Punch Brothers
Recorded by David Sinko with Sean Badum at Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN
Mixed by David Boucher at Chateau Boucher
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, Los Angeles, CA

Design by Jeri Heiden at SMOG Design, Inc.
Cover Artwork by Philip Singer
Photography by David McClister

Cover Art: 
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Friday, September 10, 2021 - 15:45
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Translucent Orange LP+MP3
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075597911701
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075597912579
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19.00
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075597912586
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96/24 HD FLAC
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075597912562
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MP3
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Punch Brothers
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MUSICIANS
Chris Thile, mandolin, vocals
Noam Pikelny, banjo
Chris Eldridge, guitar, vocals
Paul Kowert, bass
Gabe Witcher, fiddle, vocals

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