There’s nothing like a crowd to
drive ambitious souls in new directions. So while the Brooklyn quintet Punch
Brothers is a string band with a long collective pedigree in roots music,
they’re also notable for their skill
Singing with the easy-going alternative band Toad The Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips wrote his share of moderate ’90s hits, including “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean,” but since that band’s break-up—and during its occasional reunions—he’s continued down a more rootsy, folkier path, collaborating with modern bluegrass . . .