Calling the Punch Brothers a bluegrass band is like calling David Bowie a rock singer. Yes, their music features mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass, and fiddle, but the sum of those parts sounds more like the work of a classical composer than a back-porch picker. Following the Punch Brothers’ Spoleto performance, violinist Gabe Witcher says the band plans to stick around Charleston for a few days to begin writing the next album. He’s not sure what direction the material will take this time, but if the progression of the band’s first three albums is any indication, fans can expect to hear high-brow musical concepts made even more palatable than before. “It’s like hiding your vegetables inside the meal,” Witcher says.
Approx. 1 hour, 30 minutes. Part of Spoleto Festival USA.