Punch Brothers • “Chris Thile, Noam Pikelny, Chris Eldridge, Gabe Witcherand Paul Kowert are back it again, releasing a new EP on November 13consisting of 5 previously unreleased songs from the Who’s Feeling Young Now?sessions, produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse).”
The EP includes songs by Josh Ritter (“Another New World”), Gillian Welchand David Rawlings (“Down Along the Dixie Line”), Punch Brothers (“Squirrel of Possibility”), and Mclusky (“Icarus Smicarus”), along with one traditional tune, arranged by Punch Brothers (“Moonshiner”). Pre-orders, which include an instant download of the track “Another New World,” are available at punchbrothers.com and in the Nonesuch Store.
Ahoy! was recorded during the Nashville sessions for their critically acclaimed 2012 album Who’s Feeling Young Now?
Punch Brothers close out the fall leg of their US tour this week, after which they head to Germany for three shows with Nonesuch label mates Carolina Chocolate Drops, followed by shows in France, the UK, the Netherlands, and Belgium. The band returns to North America at the end of November for the next leg of its tour, which wraps up with a three-night New Year’s Eve run at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom, December 29–31.
The band made their New Yorker Festival debut earlier this month and their recent TV and radio appearances include the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, and A Prairie Home Companion; the band also taped its first Austin City Limits session, which will premiere on PBS stations across the US on Saturday, November 3.
Chris Thile was also recently awarded the prestigious MacArthur “Genius Grant”. Initially ignoring the phone calls that were coming from a number he didn’t recognize, his manager eventually looked the number up on Google and realized it was associated with the MacArthur Foundation.
“I think I must have turned white,” said Thile. “I’ve never felt so internally warm. My heart was racing. All of a sudden, I felt very askew physically. I was trying to catch my breath. I thought, ‘Oh my God, did I win a MacArthur?’”