This week’s musical interlude is outsourced to youthful colleague…a number of people have told me about these here Punch Bros, and I can hear why–very much the hybrid described below, and it works. So thanks, BH!
Fans of bluegrass have watched the mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile for some time — Nickel Creek, the group that put him on the map, was formed when he was just eight years old. The music he is making with his current group, the Punch Brothers, is both more innovative and, in my opinion, exciting than anything he’s previously done, or that he continues to do through various side projects.
As the Punch Brothers, Chris Thile and his equally talented and creative musicians are occupying the lonely space between jazz, bluegrass, classical, and (increasingly) indie rock. This Friday’s song is the title track of their recently released album, “Who’s Feeling Young Now?”
From the opening chords, this song will have you sitting alert in your chair, tapping your foot, and maybe — after a few listens — howling along with Thile and crew about the brash foolishness of youth.