Punch Brothers reinterpret an album by one of their heroes : World Cafe Words and Music Podcast Mandolinist Chris Thile and guitarist Chris Eldgridge share their love of Tony Rice's music, their longtime friendship with Tony himself.

Punch Brothers reinterpret an album by one of their heroes

Punch Brothers on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Cattle in the Cane"
  • "Orphan Annie"
  • "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

The word "Legend" gets thrown around a lot when people talk about music, but I really mean it when I say Tony Rice is a legend in the bluegrass world. Fans describe his music and its influence with a reverence bordering on religious. And the members of Punch Brothers are fans — but they were also Tony's friends.

Punch Brothers recently released a new album called Hell on Church Street — a re-imagined version of Tony Rice's 1983 album, Church Street Blues. In this session, I'm speaking to Punch Brothers mandolinist Chris Thile and guitarist Chris Eldridge about their love of Tony Rice's music, their longtime friendship with Tony himself and what it was like to reinterpret an album by one of their heroes. You'll also hear live performances they chose from recent shows.

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