All Ashore (album)

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All Ashore
Album artwork for Punch Brothers' 2018 album All Ashore.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 20, 2018
GenreProgressive bluegrass
Length43:16
LabelNonesuch Records
ProducerSelf-produced
Punch Brothers chronology
The Wireless
(2015)
All Ashore
(2018)

All Ashore is the fifth studio album by the American group Punch Brothers, released on July 20, 2018. The band announced the release of the album's first singles "It's All Part of the Plan" and the instrumental "Three Dots and a Dash" on June 14, 2018.[1] The album was self-produced by the band and was released on the Nonesuch Rescords label.[2] The nine songs were written and recorded in the sequence of the tracklist at the United Sound studio in Los Angeles, California.[3] The album received generally favorable reviews from critics [4].

Support from Grammy voting members led to a Grammy Award nomination, and All Ashore won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album at the 61st Grammy Awards on February 10th, 2019 [5].

Production history[edit]

After the release of their 2015 album The Phosphorescent Blues the band toured 23 U.S. cities before taking a scheduled hiatus.[6] In October 2016 Punch Brothers frontman Chris Thile became the host of the weekly radio program Live from Here (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) which featured a recurring "song of the week" segment.[7] Thile released ten of these songs in the December 2017 solo album Thanks For Listening.[8]

Punch Brothers fiddler Gabe Witcher produced several albums during the hiatus including Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny's March 2017 solo album Universal Favorite[9] Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge's 2017 duo album with Julian Lage Mount Royal[10] Sara Watkins' 2016 album Young in All the Wrong Ways[11] and Punch Brothers bassist Paul Kowert's newly formed band Hawktail's May 2018 album Unless.[12]

Writing and recording the songs for All Ashore occurred sequentially, with band member Gabe Witcher describing the process as "In doing so we were really able to construct the narrative, musically and lyrically, throughout the whole process." Recording took place at the United Sound studio in Los Angeles, California.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."All Ashore"7:05
2."The Angel of Doubt"5:14
3."Three Dots and a Dash"4:27
4."Just Look at This Mess"5:10
5."Jumbo"3:35
6."The Gardener"4:59
7."Jungle Bird"3:56
8."It's All Part of the Plan"3:37
9."Like It's Going Out of Style"5:13

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'All Ashore' Out July 20". Punch Brothers. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  2. ^ "Chris Thile Talks Strumming Through the Apocalypse With Punch Brothers". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  3. ^ a b "The Story Behind Punch Brothers' New Album, "All Ashore" - Nonesuch Records". Nonesuch Records Official Website. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  4. ^ https://www.metacritic.com/music/all-ashore/punch-brothers
  5. ^ https://www.grammy.com/grammys/awards/winners-nominees/279
  6. ^ "Punch Brothers Announce U.S. Tour in Support of Upcoming LP". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  7. ^ "Chris Thile seems right at home as new 'Prairie Home Companion' host". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  8. ^ "Thanks for Listening by Chris Thile reviews | Any Decent Music". www.anydecentmusic.com. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  9. ^ "Noam Pikelny: Universal Favorite « American Songwriter". American Songwriter. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  10. ^ "Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge and Their New Record, "Mount Royal"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  11. ^ "On Her Own For Once, Sara Watkins Finds New Footing". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  12. ^ "Hawktail: Unless « American Songwriter". American Songwriter. 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-07-22.