Punch Brothers Move To Terra Firma

New Punch Brothers’ outing


Punch Brothers

All Ashore

Out July 20 on Nonesuch Records


Punch Brothers are to be discovered in rarefied air.

A ‘super group’ if ever there was one, membership of multiple maestros, pushing musical boundaries – embracing ‘new grass’, chamber, classical, Americana, exploratory pop.

Now about to issue forth its first self-produced album, All Ashore on July 20, 2018 (via Nonesuch Records).  The record includes nine original songs written by the band.

All Ashore is available to pre-order now by clicking on the adjacent new album cover.

The video for one of the new tracks “It’s All Part of the Plan,” filmed by Alex Chaloff at Nashville’s Layman Drug Company, can be seen below, as is the complete track list.

All Ashore follows Punch Brothers’ critically acclaimed T Bone Burnett–produced 2015 release, The Phosphorescent Blues, of which we said:

It is a body of work that is incredible in every distinct element – thematically, songwriting, vocals, arrangements, production and, above all, the musical dexterity of this imperious quintet.  Every moment devoted to the album will unveil something new and enchanting.

You can read our full review HERE.

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 and issued Punch in 2008, combining 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.  Their other release was 2012’s Who’s Feeling Young Now?

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.  Eldridge partnered with Julian Lage for Mount Royal and Pikelny has released his fourth solo album, Universal Favorite.  Both Mount Royal and Universal Favorite earned Grammy nominations and were produced by 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, Paul’s band with Jordan Tice, Brittney Haas, and Dominick Leslie.

A prolific, hard working and talented troupe!

All Ashore Track List

1 All Ashore

2 The Angel of Doubt

3 Three Dots and a Dash

4 Just Look at This Mess

5 Jumbo

6 The Gardener

7 Jungle Bird

8 It’s All Part of the Plan

9 Like It’s Going Out of Style






New Punch Brothers’ outing

New Punch Brothers’ outing

New Punch Brothers’ outing


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Author: Rob Dickens

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