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Punch Brothers go "Wireless," "Nashville" sisters are out

Friday, November 20, 2015 – As the end of the year draws closer, the release schedule is thinner with only an EP from Punch Brothers out today. The bluegrass-based group is out with "The Wireless," a five-song EP. The songs were cut during the T Bone Burnett-produced sessions for "The Phosphorescent Blues," the group's last release. The EP includes four originals, plus a song with words courtesy of Gabriel Kahane, "Sleek White Baby." Punch Brothers also give a reading of Elliott Smith's "Clementine." Four of the songs were on the vinyl edition of "The Phosphorescent Blues."

Big Machine Records is out with a surprise disc, "The Nashville Cast Featuring Lennon & Maisy Stella As Maddie & Daphne Conrad." The digital release features the sister duo, wh play Connie Britton's daughters on this season's "Nashville" TV show.

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The Wireless EP CD review - The Wireless EP
Over the course of the past decade or so, Punch Brothers - Chris Thile, Gabe Witcher, Paul Kowert, Chris Eldridge and Noam Pikelny - emerged as one of the most innovative acoustic outfits of the modern era, thanks in no small part to its members' ability to improvise and interact with such remarkable finesse. Ostensibly a bluegrass band, their sound and style generally defies any attempt at typecasting, making them a crowd favorite in concert and a reliable commodity on record as well. »»»
The Phosphorescent Blues CD review - The Phosphorescent Blues
The Punch Brothers don't feint; they want to stun and amaze you on this deeply rich and textured work. "Phosphorescent Blues" is a master class in instrumentalization, structure and melody. It's not bluegrass, but it is. It's not jazz, but then again... To categorize this music is to diminish it. The Punch Brothers are at once laid back, but frenetic, and world class players. Their vision and adventurousness, exemplified by "Phosphorescent Blues" more »»»
Who's Feeling Young Now? CD review - Who's Feeling Young Now?
By now, Chris Thile's post-Nickel Creek group, The Punch Brothers, has garnered their own well deserved audience and moved out from the shadow of their predecessors. Where Nickel Creek blended bluegrass sounds with pop sensibilities, Thile's group (and it is undeniably his) tones down the pop and incorporates a variety of more complex sounds, from classical to jazz to ragtime. This genre hopping experimentation results in an album that is less likely to appeal to the mainstream fan »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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