Punch Brother's "Instant Mind Meld"

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Monday July 30, 2018

From CBS News

Punch Brothers on bluegrass, collaboration and the band’s “instant mind meld”

The five members of Punch Brothers all grew up in string bands. The quintet includes Chris Thile on mandolin, Gabe Witcher on the fiddle and violin, Noam Pikelny on banjo, Chris Eldridge on guitar and Paul Kowert, the standup bass. “Within the first 15 seconds of playing music with each other, it was just ‘” it was an instant just like mind meld,” Witcher said.

It all started when Thile met Witcher at a bluegrass festival in Southern California when he was just seven years old and Witcher, who was playing in his dad’s bluegrass band, was nine. “They had this gag where he would basically play on top of a chair, so he was the same height as everyone else,” Thile recalled. “I was like this is the coolest kid in the whole world!”

Thile and Witcher stayed friends, but it wasn’t until 2006 that they began to collaborate.

“It became apparent that while we had jammed informally quite a lot over the years and stayed in contact, that it was probably time for us to actually get serious and do a project,” Witcher said.

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