This weekend, Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile hosted the second of three tapings of The Show with Chris Thile (which recently changed its name from A Prairie Home Companion) at New York’s Town Hall, and the mandolinist welcomed Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and banjo power couple Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, who performed “Over the Divide,” and “Blooming Rose,” “My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains.” Thile and Fleck shared a duet on “A Conflation of Bluegrass and Boogers.” (A number they played on their recent joint outing.) Happy Apple saxophonist Michael Lewis, who has toured with Bon Iver, also joined Vernon for a few of his selections.
Thile also led another round of Musician Birthdays, a medley of several tunes from musicians that celebrated their birthdays in the past week. Along with a band featuring Aoife O’Donovan, Rich Dworsky, Mike Elizondo, Alex Hargreaves, Julian Lage and Ted Poor, Thile offered a diverse selection of cuts from Sinéad O’Connor, Little Richard, Jim Hall, Kate Rusby’s “High on a High,” which featured Washburn and Olivier Messiaen, along with a finale of “Midnight Rider” for Gregg Allman, for which Fleck joined with his banjo.
Watch a video of the collaboration below, and listen to the full show here.