What long strange trip it's been for Chris Thile (pronounced THEE-lee.) When we first made his acquaintance, he was with the teenage sensations, Nickel Creek. Along the way there have been stints with the best and the brightest string players in the world, and then the formation of The Punch Brothers, who just played at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage. Their most recent album is called Antifogmatic. We like that!
But today we celebrate the release of the new CD from Chris Thile and Michael Daves, "Sleep With One Eye Open," a collection of 16 traditional tunes by bluegrass legends like The Monroe Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, Jimmy Martin, and Flatt & Scruggs. They have tour dates which are not to miss, as they keep the old songs fresh and new, with style and substance. Here they are doing the Lester Flatt composition, the title track from the album that streets today.
-- Jessie Scott