Chris Thile and band sign with Nonesuch
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
– Chris Thile, mandolin player for Nickel Creek, has a new band and inked a record deal. The Punch Brothers will have their debut coming out on Nonesuch Records, home to Wilco, in February 2008.
The Punch Brothers consist of Chris Eldridge on guitar, Gate Witcher on violin, Greg Garrison on bass and Noam Pikelny on banjo.
Thile and Sara and Sean Watkins Nickel Creek are taking an indefinite break from the band.
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Like those annual warnings predicting it's not a matter of if, but rather when a hurricane will strike some part of the U.S., the possibility of a Nickel Creek reunion was never in doubt. After all, when two of the players (Sara and Sean Watkins) are siblings and the third (the ever nimble Chris Thile) maintains an amiable relationship with the pair, a regrouping would seem somewhat inevitable. Happily though, the prospects are far more pleasant than the dire notice served up by the weather forecasters. ...