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Punch Brothers, 'Familiarity'

When I asked Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals) and Gabe Witcher (fiddle/percussion/vocals) about the song "Familiarity" before Punch Brothers took the stage at Boston's House of Blues March 6, both of their faces lit up. It's clear this particular song — among a number of notable ones on the band's most recent album, The Phosphorescent Blues — is something special.

"'Familiarity' was an adventure and is an adventure every night," Thile said. "It's this big old lumbering beast of a song with three heads." Witcher added: "It takes you on a little journey and hopefully drops you off in a nice place."

Judging by the reaction of the ecstatic crowd that Friday evening, it's clear we were all transported somewhere wonderful.


  • "Familiarity"
  • Watch Punch Brothers' full set (including an interview with Thile and Witcher) at House of Blues Boston at WGBH Music's YouTube Channel.

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    Greg Shea