Biography

Punch Brothers are mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny, and violinist Gabe Witcher. Their accolades include a Grammy for Best Folk Album for All Ashore (2018). Punch Brothers formed in 2006. Their 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 New York City’s intimate Lower East Side club The Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning Antifogmatic (2010). In 2012, the band released Who’s Feeling Young Now? Their 2015 album, the T Bone Burnett–produced The Phosphorescent Blues, addresses with straight-up poignancy and subversive humor the power and the pitfalls of our super-connected world. In November 2020, when the world felt so full of uncertainty, Punch Brothers did the one thing that they could rely on: they stood in a circle, facing one another, and made music. A weeklong recording session, after quarantining and minimal rehearsal aside from a few Zoom calls, culminated in Hell on Church Street, a reimagining of Bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark album Church Street Blues (Nonesuch, 2022). Hell on Church Street is a potent work by a band realizing their own powers and returning to the foundations of their music. This band of virtuosi had spent more than a decade changing the face of acoustic music, stretching the limitations of instruments, and influencing a generation of young musicians — but life has a way of keeping a band from getting in the same room. Thile elaborates: “these sessions were a reminder for me of what’s really important. I felt silly having this band take up so little of my creative year; it reminded me that us five together is critical to my happiness.”

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2022
<em>The 65th Street Session:</em> Punch Brothers and Watchhouse featuring Sarah Jarosz
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  • Chris Thile, Curator / Performer
  • Punch Brothers, Band
  • Watchhouse, Band
  • Sarah Jarosz, Singer
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