Adding to the spirit of adventuresome risk taking in roots based music that was prevalent on 2004's Deceiver recording, Chris Thile chips away fervently to break down musical barriers on his latest release, How to Grow a Woman From the Ground.
Mixing classical pieces with genre stretching, picking interpretations of modern rock compositions, Thile collects the broad based talents of Gabe Witcher on fiddle, Greg Garrison on bass, Chris Eldridge on guitar, and Noam Pikelny on banjo.
Thile's mandolin playing talents are formidable, and he brings fire and passion to the traditional arrangement, “If the Sea Was Whiskey” and a cover of Jimmie Rodgers' “Brakeman's Blues.”
But the more challenging material for Thile is in the alternative and improvised country influenced takes of The Strokes' “Heart in a Cage” and a bluesy, confessional version of Jack White's “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground.”
Chris Thile continues to reinvent and re-imagine the parameters of the mandolin accented bluegrass form