Thile's Punch Brothers Debut


Punch Brothers
Nonesuch Records releases Punch, the debut album from Punch Brothers, on February 26, 2008. The band—composer-singer-mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile's new venture—includes Chris Eldridge (guitar), Greg Garrison (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo), and Gabe Witcher (fiddle). In conjunction with the release of the album, the ensemble's first for Nonesuch, Punch Brothers will perform February 20 at Lincoln Center's Allen Room as part of the cultural center's 2008 American Songbook season. More tour dates will be announced shortly.

The lineup of Punch Brothers — whose name is taken from the Mark Twain short story, "Punch, Brothers, Punch!" — is formidable. Thile released the first of five solo albums when he was just thirteen and, by the time he was 20, he was attracting a following among pop, country, and alternative-rock audiences as a member of the Grammy Award–winning Nickel Creek. NPR's Bob Boilen recently said "I've seen many musicians in my day, but my jaw dropped listening to and watching Thile play... The command he had of his instrument, from frenetically fast strumming to tasty quiet fills, it was just first-rate."

His band-mates are among the most in-demand performers in the worlds of bluegrass, folk, and traditional music. Guitarist Chris Eldridge was a founding member of the Nashville-based Infamous Stringdusters and occasionally sits in with his dad Ben's band, The Seldom Scene; bassist Greg Garrison has played with trumpeter Ron Miles and Leftover Salmon — along with banjo player Noam Pikelny. Pikelny he has performed and recorded as a solo artist and has collaborated with acoustic music heavyweights John Cowan and Tony Trischka. Violinist Gabe Witcher, a life-long friend of Thile's, is a sought-after session man whose fiddle-playing has been featured on the soundtrack of films ranging from "Toy Story" to "Brokeback Mountain." Witcher also has recorded with a range of artists from Willie Nelson to Beck to Randy Newman and played in dobro master Jerry Douglas' band for six years. Thile says, "I can't imagine being more excited about a project than I am about Punch Brothers. The possibilities are endless with these guys!"

Punch Brothers Tour Dates
02/13/08 Wed Higher Ground Burlington, VT
02/14/08 Thu Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH
02/15/08 Fri The Strand Theatre Rockland, ME
02/16/08 Sat Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield, ME
02/17/08 Sun The Egg Albany, NY
02/20/08 Wed The Allen Room New York, NY
02/22/08 Fri Wintergrass Tacoma, WA
02/23/08 Sat The Independent San Francisco, CA
02/25/08 Mon Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, CA
02/27/08 Wed Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
02/28/08 Thu The Troubadour West Hollywood, CA
03/01/08 Sat SOhO Restaurant and Music Club Santa Barbara, CA
03/06/08 Thu Buskirk-Chumley Theater Bloomington, IN
03/07/08 Fri Southern Theater Columbus, OH
03/09/08 Sun Clemons Fine Arts Center Paducah, KY
03/27/08 Thu Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
03/28/08 Fri Carolina Theatre Greensboro, NC
03/29/08 Sat Clayton Center Clayton, NC
03/30/08 Sun NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Charlotte, NC
04/02/08 Wed The Kent Stage Kent, OH
04/03/08 Thu Seton Performance Hall Cincinnati, OH
04/05/08 Sat Arden Gild Hall Arden, DE
04/06/08 Sun Shubert Theater New Haven, CT
04/09/08 Wed Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD

[Published on: 2/5/08]

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MaseBase starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 12:32PM
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SICK! Chris Thile does not disappoint...

Robusto Tue 2/5/2008 12:54PM
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Lenox Tue 2/5/2008 02:03PM
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sounds good, love nickel creek, so ill give it a listen

sweetjames Tue 2/5/2008 02:27PM
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Saw them on NYE & can't wait to hear this

carphishhead starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 07:35PM
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WOW. Greensboro theatre??? I cannot WAIT!

Trevor starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 07:59PM
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For those interested, Twain's "Punch Brothers, Punch" is worth the read. Takes about 5 minutes, and you'll soon see why Punch Bros. is such a sweet name for a band.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 08:48PM
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Damn! Talk about a supergroup...

RothburyWithCheese star Tue 2/5/2008 08:48PM
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Why does austin always get passed up?

seckybu starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/13/2008 11:02AM
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xlenoxx - You will NOT be disappointed!