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Orchids and Violence
Nonesuch Records, 2016

Both discs in Orchids and Violence are produced by Daves and have identical track listing of mostly traditional bluegrass songs. The first features straightforward interpretations of them and was recorded live to tape in a 19th-century church by Daves and a band of roots-music innovators: bassist Mike Bub, violinist Brittany Haas, mandolinist Sarah Jarosz, and Punch Brothers banjo player Noam Pikelny. The second disc was recorded in Daves's home studio and includes bass, drums, and electric guitar, mostly played by Daves, and takes a raw, experimental rock approach to the same old-time material. Both discs were mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, Kings of Leon, Danger Mouse) and have a special guest appearance from Tony Trischka on cello banjo, and Daves's wife Jessi Carter played bass on the electric disc.

"The identical track listing makes for a good comparison study," says the New York Times music critic Nate Chinen in his review, "and to his credit, it can be hard to pick which version of a tune is best." Read more at nytimes.com.


DISC 1: BLUEGRASS
1. June Apple
2. The Dirt That You Throw
3. Darling Corey
4. Elzic's Farewell
5. A Good Year for the Roses
6. Drunken Hiccups
7. Stargazer
8. Dark Angel
9. The 28th of January
10. I Only Exist
11. Pretty Polly
12. Train on the Island

DISC 2: ELECTRIC
1. June Apple
2. The Dirt That You Throw
3. Darling Corey
4. Elzic's Farewell
5. A Good Year for the Roses
6. Drunken Hiccups
7. Stargazer
8. Dark Angel
9. The 28th of January
10. I Only Exist
11. Pretty Polly
12. Train on the Island

Blue Night album
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Man In The Middle/Blue Night 7" vinyl single
Chris Thile & Michael Daves
Third Man Records, 2011
Produced by Jack White

1. Man In The Middle (H. Campbell)
2. Blue Night (B. Monroe)

"Third Man tips its toe in the bluegrass waters and does more than make waves...it blows your expectations to smithereens. Chris Thile is widely acknowledged as the preeminent mandolin player in the world and here on his pairing with guitarist Michael Daves (along with Jack White on drums and Carl Broemel on pedal steel) these bluegrass standards SHRED. They truly need to be heard to be believed." -TMR
Sleep With One Eye
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Sleep With One Eye Open
Chris Thile & Michael Daves
Nonesuch Records, 2011

Sleep With One Eye Open, the debut album from Thile and Daves, which was recorded live to tape over four days at Jack White's Third Man studio in Nashville. The duo makes for "a rip-roaring partnership," says the New York Times. "Bluegrass, in their hands, gets roughed up in the best possible way, with skill and fervor, and a touch of abandon. Sleep With One Eye Open received a 2011 Grammy Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.

1. Rabbit In The Log (trad.)
2. Cry, Cry Darling (J. Newman)
3. Loneliness and Desperation (M. Garris)
4. Tennessee Blues (B. Monroe)
5. 20/20 Vision (J. Alison & M. Estes)
6. You're Running Wild (R. Edenton & D. Winters)
7. Ookpik Waltz (F. Rodgers)
8. My Little Girl In Tennessee (L. Flatt)
9. Sleep With One Eye Open (L. Flatt)
10. Rain and Snow (trad.)
11. Mississippi Waltz (B. Monroe)
12. Bury Me Beneath The Willow (trad.)
13. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms (trad.)
14. Billy In The Lowground (trad.)
15. It Takes One To Know One (H. Howard & F. Hart)
16. If I Should Wander Back Tonight (L. Flatt & E. Scruggs)



Live at the Rockwood, 2007

Based on a true qoute.

"I released live, solo album as my recorded debut because I wanted to document the shows of my every-single-Tuesday Residency at the Rockwood Music Hall. So I made an album all by myself, just singing & playing the good bluegrass music. You can't fake a live show, or a live album. It is what it it. Sometimes I was heckled by Kiefer Sutherland and his gin. Really. It's okay, though. We're real good friends now. Everybody loves the Rockwood!" - Michael Daves

1. I've Endured (O. Reed)
2. I Only Exist (J. Stanley, J. Morris)
3. Close By (B. Monroe, R. Van Winkle)
4. Rain and Snow (trad.)
5. I Live in the Past (V. Stauffer)
6. Old Dangerfield (B. Monroe)
7. Sophronie (A. Delmore, D. Mullins)
8. Look What Thoughts Will Do (L. Frizzell, J. Dickerson)
9. I'm Gonna Sleep with One Eye Open (L. Flatt)
10. Evening Prayer Blues (B. Monroe)
11. You Never Miss the Water (trad, arr W. Connah)
12. Shackles and Chains (F. Holmes)

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