Punch Brothers Pay Respects To Tony Rice

Punch Brothers and Tony Rice

The Punch Brothers – Photo: Listening Through The Lens

Punch Brothers To Release ‘Hell on Church Street’

Homage to Tony Rice’s Landmark Solo Album Church Street Blues

Out January 14, 2022

Hell on Church StreetPunch Brothers’ newest album is due January 14, 2022 on Nonesuch Records.

The album 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, Norman Blake, Bill Monroe and others (complete track list below).

An in-the-studio video of the band playing the delicately complex “Church Street Blues” has been released:

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.

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.

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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.

Punch Brothers are one of the most absorbing and skilled outfits you will ever see live. The band is guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny, mandolinist/singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher. The group formed in 2006 and released Punch in 2008. The following year 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.

 Hell on Church Street Tracklist

1. Church Street Blues (Norman Blake)

2. Cattle in the Cane (Traditional)

3. Streets of London (Ralph McTell)

4. One More Night (Bob Dylan)

5. The Gold Rush (Bill Monroe)

6. Any Old Time (Jimmie Rodgers)

7. Orphan Annie (Norman Blake)

8. House Carpenter (Traditional)/Jerusalem Ridge (Monroe)

9. Last Thing on My Mind (Tom Paxton)

10. Pride of Man (Hamilton Camp)

11. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Gordon Lightfoot)



More Music Adventures Await!


Punch Brothers and Tony Rice

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