If Robert Fripp had discovered mandolin and bluegrass instead of guitar and classical symphonies, he might have formed a band like The Punch Brothers instead of King Crimson. The honor of actually founding the Punch Brothers goes to former Nickel Creek mandolin player Chris Thile. The MacArthur Fellow kick-started the progressive bluegrass quintet in 2006, after his old band's dissolution, and immediately put the "prog" to work. In 2007, Thile performed a four-movement, 40-minute suite at Carnegie Hall titled "The Blind Leading the Blind," reportedly inspired by his 2003 divorce. It would comprise the majority of the Punch Brother's self-titled 2008 debut. Their... More >>>