Chris Thile and Michael Daves's debut album, Sleep with One Eye Open, is now available everywhere. The album is a collection of 16 traditional tunes by bluegrass legends like The Monroe Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, Jimmy Martin, and Flatt & Scruggs. Purchase the album , the , and at
is an impassioned collaboration/conversation between mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and guitarist Michael Daves in which the subject is bluegrass, specifically how this upstart duo can acknowledge history and tradition while exuberantly defying convention. Though it was recorded in four feverish days of sessions at Jack White’s Third Man Studio in Nashville, the album has deep roots in a serendipitous side of New York City that reveals itself at certain times of the night, when strangers become kindred spirits as clubs empty out, and only the hardiest souls stick around to keep the music playing. It’s a story that begins, like so many, with a guy walking into a bar.
"Mandolin player and singer Chris Thile is best-known for leading engaging bluegrass fiddle band the Punch Brothers. Here he foregoes artiness and goes back to bluegrass roots with guitarist and singer Michael Daves. The two make a fine vocal duo, but even more astonishing is their instrumental virtuosity. " Read Ivan Hewett's four-star review .
The New York Times previews Chris and Michael's three-night stint at Rockwood Music Hall to open up their tour: "Folk traditionalism also illuminates a rip-roaring partnership between the mandolin virtuoso CHRIS THILE and the flat-picking guitarist MICHAEL DAVES. This week, to usher in the release of “Sleep With One Eye Open,” their Nonesuch debut, they’ll spend three nights at the Rockwood Music Hall. Bluegrass, in their hands, gets roughed up in the best possible way, with skill and fervor, and a touch of abandon." Check out the rest of the preview .