Nickel Creek disbanded in 2007, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile assembled
an all-star quintet called Punch Brothers (the name comes from the Mark
Twain short story Punch, Brothers, Punch!) with guitarist Chris
Eldridge, formerly of the Infamous Stringdusters; bassist Greg
Garrison, who has played with Ron Miles and Leftover Salmon; banjo
player Noam Pikelny, who has worked with John Cowan and Tony Trischka;
and violinist Gabe Witcher, a sought-after session musician and a
member of Jerry Douglas' band for a half dozen years. The new group
quickly signed with Nonesuch Records and issued a debut album, Punch,
in 2008, which was anchored by Thile's ambitious 40-minute, four-part
suite "The Blind Leaving the Blind." The double-disc (plus a third DVD
concert disc) Antifogmatic, produced by Jon Brion, arrived from
Nonesuch in 2010, and was followed in 2012 by Who's Feeling Young Now?,
produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse).
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