As we told you, Dierks Bentley is recording a new bluegrass record. Included on each of his previous albums along with the likes of the Del McCoury Band, and The Grascals, was a blugrass cut, and now an entire body of work for 2010 will apparently add at least one song recorded with The Punchbrothers!
Dierks posted the photo and caption below on Facebook/Twitter:
"recording w the @punchbrothers in Brooklyn. can see the statue of liberty from my microphone...insane. as is this band..in good way." #fb
I have long loved the bluegrass sound, and especially love Dierks' voice on the vocals, but frankly I have never followed any BG band enough to know them and their music like I have studied Dierks. So curiousity got the better of me and I had to check out The Punchbrothers.
You may remember composer-singer-mandolin player Chris Thile as a member of the Grammy Award–winning Nickel Creek. The Punchbrothers band name comes from a Mark Twain short story, Punch, Brothers, Punch! A Washington Post critic recently said Thile “may well be the most virtuosic American ever to play the mandolin.” Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, and Gabe Witcher round out the group and are among some of the most in-demand musicians/performers in the world of bluegrass.
Thanks, Dierks, for exposing us to even more bluegrass artists, and for giving us a little hint of your work on this new album! We anxiously await the final product!