Though fans of "new-grass" mourned the split of Grammy-winning trio Nickel Creek when they announced their indefinite split in 2006, the silver lining came with the side projects of virtuosic mandolin player Chris Thile. Thile's first post-Nickel Creek band came with the How to Grow a Band, which Thile assembled for his fifth studio album and included the membership of fiddler Gabe Witcher, guitarist Chris Eldridge, banjo picker Noam Pikelny and bassist Greg Garrison. According to Thile he wanted an outfit that was "aesthetically a bluegrass band," but one with enough range to pull of the bafflingly intricate, multimovement song suites that he was writing. After a couple name changes, the How to Grow a Band were rechristened the Punch Brothers, and they debuted at Carnegie Hall in March 2007. Their first album, Punch, was released on Nonesuch in February 2008 and was followed by wide touring.
Punch Brothers Concert Films
How To Grow A Band
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minThis intimate documentary follows mandolin virtuoso (and MacArthur Foundation “Genius”) Chris Thile through a turning point in his life and musical career. By age 26, Thile had already reached some significant career highs, winning a couple of Grammys for both his solo records and his work with the platinum-selling, pop-bluegrass trio Nickel Creek. But, in a move that stunned fans, Thile and Nickel Creek went on “indefinite hiatus” while Thile paused to re-asses and, in many ways, start over. HOW TO GROW A BAND is about what happened next.
Punch Brothers Top Tracks
We Wrote This Yesterday
Mumford & Sons
Runtime: 1 hr 5 minMumford & Sons are a band that have never stayed still. An innate desire to travel, to meet people and to do the unexpected has become a calling card of sorts as fans the world over join their community and fall in love with their consistently evolving music. This film follows the band and their latest set of collaborators as they travel across uncharted territory playing the major cities of South Africa with an eclectic mix of musician friends. They explore the craft of song writing and the people, events and influences that dictate that. WE WROTE THIS YESTERDAY showcases the band at their most open and collaborative as they relish the excitement of playing to crowds in new cities who’ve never seen them before. Along the way they set a fresh challenge for themselves; taking their collaborative culture one step further as they attempt to write and record a mini album in just 2 days, with the other musicians on tour. The filming of this process not only lifts the lid on the art of song writing in an unforced and natural way but captures the journey and story as a group of artists collide, bringing references, ideas and musical styles from Senegal, Sweden, Malawi, Cape Town and London. By exploring South Africa its influence seeps into their musical collaboration.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minRounder recording artists Alison Krauss + Union Station are a remarkable collaboration of five stellar musicians, who together have been instrumental in bringing bluegrass music to its now widely accepted and popular commercial status. They come together on Soundstage to perform a selection of songs outlining their storied careers. Included are songs from the multi-platinum soundtrack, "Oh Brother Where Art Thou." Other highlights during the hour include "Baby Now That I Found You," "The Lucky One," "Maybe," and the Grammy Award-winning "Man Of Constant Sorrow."
Live at Hangout Music Fest 2014
The Avett Brothers
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minThe Avett Brothers are an American folk rock band from North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers, Scott Avett and Seth Avett, as well as Bob Crawford (double bass) and Joe Kwon (cello). Mike Marsh (drums), Tania Elizabeth (violin) and Paul Defiglia (keyboard) are touring members of the band, with Kwon featured on recordings from 2007's Emotionalism and later. In this full-length music feature the band takes up the stage at the Hangout Music Fest in 2014 to perform their most beloved hits such as “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise,” “Down with the Shine, ”Pretty Girl from Chile,” “I and Love and You,” and many more.
Live At First Avenue
Trampled By Turtles
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minWith six albums to their credit and a word-of-mouth reputation that draws legions of die-hard fans to their must-see-to-believe live shows, Minnesota roots music hybrid Trampled by Turtles finally release their first ever, highly anticipated live concert recording – Live at First Avenue. Captured over 3 sold-out nights at the legendary Minneapolis rock venue, First Avenue, celebrating TBT's 10th Anniversary in 2013, this video features songs from all six of Trampled by Turtles' albums, including fan favorites like “Codeine”, "Wait So Long" "Midnight on the Interstate" and TBT's version of the Pixies’ classic, “Where is My Mind?”. While they never set out to be a “bluegrass” band, the band employs the same time-honored tools of the trade – guitar, acoustic bass, banjo, mandolin and fiddle – as their ‘grass-fed country cousins'. But their soul-deep differences in influences, attitude and attack, from their quicksilver, deadly accurate picking to their lonesome, hauntingly spare ballads, make for a very different musical beast indeed.
Live at The Orange Peel and Tennessee Theatre
Old Crow Medicine Show
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minDirected by Lee Tucker (who also directed the band's videos for "Wagon Wheel" and "Tell It To Me"), Live at the Orange Peel and Tennessee Theatre was recorded over two nights in December 2008 and features performances of 20 songs-15 of which are from the band's three studio albums (OCMS, Big Iron World, Tennessee Pusher) - including "Tell It To Me," "Down Home Girl," "Alabama High-Test," and "Wagon Wheel." The video also includes five tracks from their live repertoire not found on their three studio albums: "Wheeling Breakdown," "Raise A Ruckus," "Reuben's Train," "Sally Anne" and "Shack #9."
Live At The Quick
Béla Fleck and The Flecktones
Runtime: 2 hr 5 minRecorded in the summer of 2000, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones’ Live At The Quick features an expanded version of the bluegrass-fusion band’s lineup, featuring guest artists from the band’s eighth album, Outbound.
Live At Boulder Theater
Runtime: 1 hr 52 minThis indie acoustic quintet from Nederland Colorado, reveals hidden treasures deep within a vast repertoire of original material. In one show, the quintet can be seen delving into original folk pieces in the realm of traditional ballads, Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, psychedelic old-time, indie rock, rustic Americana, world beat, 40s/50s jazz and an occasional hip-hop feel, amongst other styles. Elephant Revival carries a fresh sense of creativity and inspiration that is felt by people of every generation. Musically and collaboratively the quintet is inspired to spread a message of sustainability while nurturing an awareness of positive change through the pure light intention of their music.