Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) and bluegrass guitarist Michael Daves released the impassioned collaboration/conversation Sleep with One Eye Open in 2011. The album was feverishly recorded over four days in Jack White’s Third Man studio in Nashville, featuring sixteen traditional tunes by legends like the Monroe Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, Jimmy Martin, and Flatt & Scruggs.
Thile explains “Mandolin and guitar and two male voices, it’s such a good sound. It was important for us was to get that brother duet thing, but with this Lower East Side punk energy. One of the most enjoyable things about this experience was to underline the slightly delinquent side of bluegrass.”