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feat. Madison Cunningham
Jul 17 , 2018 • KNIGHT THEATER at Levine Center for the Arts
Says the Washington Post of The Punch Brothers, "With enthusiasm and experimentation, The Punch Brothers take bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart."
An eclectic acoustic quintet comprised of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher, The Punch Brothers come to the Queen City with special guest Madison Cunningham. They will perform iconic hits from the group’s history, including pieces from their latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues (released by Nonesuch Records), which addresses the power and the pitfalls of our super-connected world with straight-up poignancy and subversive humor.
After the 2008 release of the group’s first record, Punch, The Punch Brothers began a residency at NYC’s intimate club, The Living Room, where they ultimately spawned the Grammy- nominated Antifogmatic (2010). In 2012, the band released “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” praised by Q Magazine for its “astonishing, envelope-pushing vision”, while Rolling Stone said “…the acoustic framework dazzles – wild virtuosity used for more than just virtuosity.”
The dynamic group brings their “Big Time Summer Tour”, featuring Maddison Cunningham, to Charlotte fresh from finishing recording sessions earlier in the year.
California native Madison Cunningham possesses a keen understanding of songcraft that is perplexing for someone who’s just twenty years old. With an ear for melody that is reminiscent of early Joni Mitchell and an approach to guitar and vocals that isn’t far off from long past heroes of Jeff Buckley or Nick Drake, Madison exhibits a unique ability to keep the listener on the edge.
Madison’s 2017 EP, Love, Lose, Remember (2017) exhibits a unique ability to keep the listener on the edge as they explore Madison’s artistry and ability as a songwriter and arranger with the lyrical content of someone who has lived twice the life of this young artist.
The oldest of five daughters, Madison picked up the guitar at the age of seven and was singing with her sisters and family in church by the age of 12.
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