Punch Brothers sing into a can

When Punch Brothers played The Ryman Auditorium on February 27, they also spent a few minutes backstage with Martin Fisher of The Center For Popular Music, and recorded Rye Whiskey on an Edison-style wax cylinder for their archives.

This video includes both the live recording session, and playback of the cylinder.


The Center For Popular Music is a repository for all things related to American vernacular music, located at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. Among the more than one million artifacts stored on site are 200,000 sound recordings in every imaginable medium.

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