We, Hawktail, are finishing up our album.  For those of you who are in the loop, you know it's been a long time coming.  Well, I'm very happy with it, and I can't wait to release it.  I'm itching to play more shows with the band, which will happen again starting in April.  

The story of Hawktail has had many chapters, starting with Haas Kowert Tice in 2013, releasing "You Got This" in '14, moving to Nashville at the end of that year, working on our new music and recording it in several different places, doing a residency at the Station Inn in Nashville every month for awhile with a different guest each night (Nat Smith, Sam Bush, Adam Hurt, Roy Wooten, Rachel and Matt Combs... what a blast that was!  I'd like to continue that residency), and eventually being lucky enough to bring mandolinist Dominick Leslie into the band to create Hawktail.  

I'm writing from Los Angeles where Punch Brothers are about to record our next album.  It's going well. 

I've also been working on some other instrumental music. 

Till next time,


Haas Kowert Tice: the new record "you got this" is done!

It's been a long haul of writing, planning, recording, mixing, mastering, and design approvals, and it's all done.  Now all that remains is getting a car and picking up our first copies.  Not sure yet when they'll be available.

We couldn't think of a band name that didn't make us all squirm, and we weren't utterly convinced we needed one, so we're now known as "Haas Kowert Tice."  "you got this" is a phrase that Jordan has been known to offer up during many a time of trial, which the period of finding an album name qualifies as. 

Dave Sinko recorded the album, which rules.  Check out his damn allmusic.com credits page, even though it's definitely not complete.  The guy is working all the time.  Also, anyone who comes to a Punch Brothers show can hear him giving his all to make the music sound incredible, every night.  He's an inspiration.

We recorded at Rotary Records in West Springfield, MA.  It was the perfect place for us.  We were able to get the microphones a little further from the bowed instruments by recording in the large room they have there, and stayed in the apartment below the studio, which afforded us more time to work on the record.  We went out one night during the 7 days of tracking, all the rest of which were 15 hour days.  Civil, but intense.

Tomek Miernowski mixed it.  We worked with him at his home studio in Greenpoint.  I sort of grew up with Tomek in Madison, WI, and it was great to work with him on this 10 years after we played local gigs together at Madison bars and restaurants.  He has a great spirit and knowledge about sound.

I wrote a little bit about Michael George already.  Jacob Hernandez did the design and did a marvelous job.  We're very happy that our album looks good.

HaasKowertTice.com is expected to be up and running before too long, and I'll reserve most future writing about the group for that site. 

January 21st, 2014

Life has been a little hectic...in a good way.

It's just a few days until Brittany, Jordan and I go into the studio with the legendary Dave Sinko to make our record.  Yesterday we got some beautiful pictures taken by Michael George (he posted this little video to his Instagram) for the album cover, which we find very exciting.  Here's a youtube video of Jordan's tune, "Grandpa's Cheesebarn."  See my concert page for upcoming trio shows, including a live webcast from the studio on January 27th on ConcertWindow.com.

Since I last wrote, Punch Brothers have done some teaching at Oberlin College and Conservatory, played the last three nights of the year at Bowery Ballroom in NYC, and we've had some writing sessions--we're very excited about the next Punch Brothers album. We played a concert of music from the film "Inside Llewyn Davis" (we're featured on the soundtrack).  The concert was made into a documentary entitled "Another Day, Another Time" and has been playing on Showtime.

Jeremy Kittel and I co-wrote a duo for violin and bass that we premiered at GardenMusic a couple weeks ago in Miami, FL.  Turns out Miami's a pretty great place to escape to in January.  For those of you in Miami, check out GardenMusic 2015.  I'm sure Jeremy and I will be playing the piece again.

More to come...

New music

"So, what have you been doing with yourself since Punch Brothers eased up on touring?"  Jordan and I have been writing music together and independently.  We've spent many days in my apartment critiquing each others' music and writing collaboratively.  Next weekend, at the end of our first week together with the new tunes, Brittany, Jordan and I will be debuting some of it at a House of Love concert in Brooklyn, and we'll also be at the Bluegrass Bash at the Bell House in a couple different ensembles. See my concert page for details.  I'll continue to add trio dates to the calendar for the rest of the year.

Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert and Jordan Tice

In a couple of days I'm heading to Seattle to begin a west coast tour with Brittany and Jordan March 27-April 11.  See my "Concerts" page or the band Facebook page for info on this tour as well as the upcoming east coast tour.  The three of us used to play a little bit around our universities (Princeton, Philly, and Towson were close enough together) while we were in school.  We'll do a variety of new and old tunes by each of us, some tunes by other people, and some real oldies as well.  Say "yeah" if you love the fiddle...

Photo by: Justin Camerer

Photo by: Justin Camerer