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  • September 12, 2019

    Kudos to Rhiannon Giddens, Yola, and Punch Brothers guitarist Chris "Critter" Eldridge on a wonderful night of music and words at the Americana Honors & Awards ceremony at the Ryman in Nashville last night. Giddens received the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award, made a beautiful speech honoring posthumous recipient Frank Johnson, and gave a haunting performance of "Wayfaring Stranger" with Francesco Turrisi. Yola, introduced by Dan Auerbach, brought the house down singing "Faraway Look." And Eldridge took home the award for Instrumentalist of the Year. Tune in to a special episode of Austin City Limits on November 23 with performance highlights from the evening.

  • September 3, 2019

    The line-up for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has been announced, and among the performers are several artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Emmylou Harris, Kronos Quartet, Robert Plant, Punch Brothers, Chris Thile, and Yola. The free, annual outdoor music festival returns for the nineteenth year to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, October 4–6, 2019. You can hear songs from all these artists in a playlist here.

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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. Pre-order All Ashore in the Nonesuch Store to download the album tracks "It's All Part of the Plan" and "Three Dots and a Dash" now and and 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 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.

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Sun, Oct 6
San Francisco, CA
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
Sun, Oct 6
San Francisco, CA
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
Mon, Oct 7
Berkeley, CA
Freight & Salvage
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Berkeley, CA
Freight & Salvage
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Punch Brothers return with All Ashore, their first self-produced album. "It's a meditation on committed relationships in the present day," says Chris Thile, "particularly in the present climate." The Independent calls it "an album of rich instrumentation and understated beauty that reveals deeper nuances on each and every listen." The Boston Globe says it's "a deeply meaningful and downright gorgeous record."

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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. Pre-order All Ashore in the Nonesuch Store to download the album tracks "It's All Part of the Plan" and "Three Dots and a Dash" now and and 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 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.

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Tour

Sun, Oct 6
San Francisco, CA
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
Sun, Oct 6
San Francisco, CA
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
Mon, Oct 7
Berkeley, CA
Freight & Salvage
Mon, Oct 7
Berkeley, CA
Freight & Salvage
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