WHAT THE PUNCH?!?

This is where I post transcriptions and analytical musings on some of my favorite Punch Brothers songs. A list of transcriptions can be found here.

October 27, 2017

It's nice when something that starts out as a hobby ends up becoming a line on your CV.

In the process of transcribing and analyzing the music of Punch Brothers, I began to find a common thread running through a number of their songs. The common thread was the regular u...

June 26, 2017

This post takes a look at "Movement and Location", the opening track from the album "Who's Feeling Young Now?". You can find the transcription (all 13 pages!) at the bottom of the post.

More than most Punch Brothers songs, "Movement and Location" clearly establishes spe...

June 9, 2017

This post takes a look at "Julep", a song from the album "The Phosphorescent Blues" and nominated for a 2016 Grammy for Best American Roots Song. The lead-sheet transcription can be found at the bottom of the page.

This song was one of the simpler ones to tran...

May 22, 2017

Here is the third and final installment on "Familiarity" from "The Phosphorescent Blues." This post will look at Part III and also include some observations on the entire work. A link to the transcription can be found at the bottom of the page.

The form is primaril...