Punch Brothers is a band
formed by Chris Thile in 2006 .
Originally the band was known as The How to Grow a Band.
In 2007, the band officially changed its name first to The Tensions Mountain Boys and then settled
on Punch Brothers.
Progressive bluegrass, classical music, acoustic music
The band's name comes from a jingle in Mark Twain's short story "A Literary Nightmare".
The chorus was
"Punch, brother, punch with care, punch in the presence of the passenjare",
which was said to be the mantra of railroad conductors.
Chris Thile mandolin, vocals
Gabe Witcher fiddle, vocals
Noam Pikelny banjo, vocals
Chris Eldridge guitar, vocals
Paul Kowert bass, vocals
Bryan Sutton guitar, vocals (20062007)
Greg Garrison bass, vocals (20062008)
Punch Brothers Quotes
"We got together one night just to drop a ton of money, drink too much wine, eat steaks, and commiserate
about our failed relationships. We had gotten to play together a few days before and we had said that
we needed to do something musical together. With our hearts smashed to pieces, it became more urgent - our
lives had gone the same way for so long. I knew I wanted to have a band with Gabe [Witcher], but
I didnt know if it would be a rock ensemble, an ambitious acoustic classical thing or a bluegrass group.
We played, and there was a serious, instantaneous connection. Then I knew I wanted to put together
a bluegrass band - one with a lot of range, but aesthetically a bluegrass band"