Punch Brothers

Airs Thursday, February 26, at 8 p.m. Finish the gig around midnight, meet and greet folks after the show, give a quick lesson to some young fans, then hop on the bus and drive to the next city, in search of a few hours of shuteye on the road. Check into the hotel at 4 a.m., grab a bit more sleep before heading to a sound check for the early afternoon set, the first of two long performances that Saturday. Such is a day in the life of Chris Thile, master mandolinist and co-founder of the Punch Brothers. In this episode, we listen to selections from a Chris Thile & Mike Marshall concert followed by a Punch Brothers concert, recorded on the same day at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Friday, May 16 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we have a distinctive country flavor, both traditional and a touch old school plus some Creole country music called Zydeco. We feature tracks from Guy Clark, a new cut from Chris Thile with Michael Daves, some Alison Krauss, and an unusual track from the Punch Brothers. On Blues at the Bottom, country blues from Marie Nofsinger and Brad Paisley, a traditional and soulful track from Dorothy Moore and we'll have some happy feet music from Geno Delafose and Beau Jocque. On our concert hour, Part 2 of a solo show by Steve Earl at the Fur Peace Ranch, and in our final hour we'll search for Sunken Treasure.

Airs Friday, January 31 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we'll walk about a bit, going to New Orleans from some new tracks from Maggie Koerner's latest CD as well as new music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops. We'll also hear from Red Bird, the Eric Underwood Band, and First Aid Kit with Blues by Charlie Musselwhite, AJ & the Two Tone Blues Band, and J. Edwards. We'll travel to India with Chitravina N. Ravikiran and to Mali with Ali Farke Toure. On the concert hour, the Punch Brothers live and on Be Quite and Play the Music we continue our travels on Wooden Ships. 

Airs Friday, June 7 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll walk about a bit, going to New Orleans from some new tracks from Maggie Koerner's latest CD as well as new music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops. We'll also hear from Red Bird, the Eric Underwood Band, and First Aid Kit with Blues by Charlie Musselwhite, AJ & the Two Tone Blues Band, and J. Edwards. We'll travel to India with Chitravina N. Ravikiran and to Mali with Ali Farke Toure. On the concert hour, the Punch Brothers live and on Be Quite and Play the Music we continue our travels on Wooden Ships. 

The Caravan Playlist for Friday, June 7, 2013

Airs Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m. The forward movement of contemporary American stringband music has always been fueled by a tradition that existed outside the classroom setting. When a young person attempts to pursue an American style such as bluegrass, Cajun, country or blues, the earliest method of learning often begins with imitating music from recordings. Later on, participation in jam sessions, lessons with a mentor, and getting connected with better players is the easiest route toward figuring out how to play your instrument. In this episode we listen to a group of mostly non-formally trained string players that has developed a wholly original sound based on their collective approach to music making.

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