It's been about 6 months since I posted about Chris Thile (tee-lee), but the longer this guy is around, the more I am impressed with him. Is it possible to become a legend before you die? If it is, then this guy is well on his way.
For your listening enjoyment and amazement, here are some samples of his virtuosity and versatility:
Nickel Creek - Sweet Afton (Thile's melody set to Robert Burns' poem) with his original hit-it-big trio:
Punch Brothers - Thile and a conglomerate of other talented young fellows use their traditional bluegrass instruments to play multiple genres of music. Here they are covering a Strokes tune:
And here they "cover" Bach's Brandenburg concerto #3: (forward to 1:30 to hear the music)
In an entirely mind-blowing performance, Thile performs Bach's E Major Prelude solo on the mandolin. Crazy good.
W/ Michael Daves - in 2011 Thile and Michael Daves recorded a classic, old-timey-sounding bluegrass album titled, Sleep With One Eye Open:
Goat Rodeo Sessions - A recent, unlikely collaboration of between Thile, YoYo Ma (cello), Stuart Duncan (banjo and violin), and Edgar Meyer (bass), with special guest, Aoife O'Donovan (vocalist), recording a song whose lyrics she and Thile co-wrote across texts.
This sampling only showcases a very small portion of Thile's work. If you liked it, check him out further. Have a great day, y'all.