New York Chapter had the opportunity at Newport Folk Festival 2017 in Rhode Island to speak with all five members of the Punch Brothers present lineup about their music. As shown standing, L–R, they are guitarist Chris Eldridge, banjo player Noam Pikelny, acoustic bass player Paul Kowert, bandleader and mandolinist Chris Thile, and violinist Gabe Witcher. They spoke about their familial intuition, communicating with each other while playing or songwriting, having been together 12 years. Their 2015 album The Phosphorescent Blues was produced by T Bone Burnett and praised by Rolling Stone for "the artistry with which they mix bluegrass, roots, rock, pop, jazz and classical to create a unique, contemporary sound." While not strictly bluegrass, Pikelny said they are like the bluegrass tradition of "a shared experience" with the audience. "Some of the true transcendent moments of bluegrass … are live recordings," he observed, and that's why Pikelny believes bootleg recordings best capture the essence of that audience connection. That's why "The festival experience is so crucial to the art form itself," in his opinion.