Live Review: Punch Brothers w/ Haley Henderickx @ Lincoln Theatre — 2/26/22

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The Punch Brothers perform at the Lincoln Theatre on Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The Punch Brothers have one foot firmly in history and tradition and one foot firmly stepping forward into the future. Their most recent album, Hell on Church Street, is a track-for-track reimagining of Tony Rice’s classic 1983 record Church Street Blues. Rice was a master bluegrass guitarist and pioneer of the newgrass movement whose range extended into jazz. He played with notable artists like David Grisman, J.D. Crowe & The New South, and Ricky Skaggs, and he influenced a lot of artists in acoustic music and related genres.

Following a lengthy illness — he last played publicly in 2013 — Rice passed away in 2020, making Hell on Church Street a timely tribute to his memory at the Lincoln Theatre recently with the Punch Brothers.

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Preview: Punch Brothers @ Lincoln Theatre, 2/27/22

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Punch Brothers (Photo courtesy Nonesuch Records)

The Punch Brothers’ album Hell on Church Street is the band’s reimagining of, and homage to, the late bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark solo album Church Street Blues, featuring an inspired collection of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Monroe, and others. The band released the album via Nonesuch Records on Jan. 14!

In support of the new release, the Punch Brothers sold out a first night at the Lincoln Theatre in DC on Feb. 26, but they have added a second night on Sunday, Feb. 27.

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