NPR Music

Support Public RadioLogin

Mountain Stage

Listen To Punch Brothers On Mountain Stage

Punch Brothers.
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Punch Brothers.

Punch Brothers On Mountain Stage

February 12, 2013 Chris Thile's quintet continues to push the boundaries of bluegrass into experimental rock territory on Who's Feeling Young Now?

Punch Brothers makes its third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Initially categorized as a group that inserted bluegrass instruments and sensibilities into the structure of modern classical music, Punch Brothers' third album (Who's Feeling Young Now?) finds the quintet reaching out to territories whose nearest sonic neighbors might be experimental rock bands like Radiohead.

The new album indeed includes a cover of "Kid A," but Punch Brothers' gift for melodic experimentation and boundary-pushing might be best demonstrated in "Movement and Location." That song kicks off the band's Mountain Stage set, as well as the album. Led by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, Punch Brothers' lineup includes Noam Pikelny on banjo, Gabe Witcher on fiddle, Paul Kowert on bass and guitarist Chris Eldridge.

The band is followed by Mountain Stage pianist Bob Thompson, with the Louis Jordan song "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying."

This Mountain Stage performance originally aired on June 12, 2012.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

More Mountain Stage

More Mountain Stage
 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

About Mountain Stage

For more than 25 years West Virginia's Mountain Stage has been giving radio audiences the best seat in the house for some of the world's most reknowned performers. Learn more.

Podcast + RSS Feeds

Podcast RSS

  • Concerts
     
  • Mountain Stage