Chris Eldridge

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Chris Eldridge
Origin Fredericksburg, Virginia Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Genres Progressive bluegrass
Instruments Guitar
Years active2000-present
Labels Nonesuch Records
Associated acts Punch Brothers
The Infamous Stringdusters
Seldom Scene

Chris Eldridge is an American guitarist and singer. He is a member of Punch Brothers and frequently performs in a duo with fellow guitarist Julian Lage. He is also the guitarist in the house band on Live From Here. He was a founding member of the bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters. His father is noted banjoist Ben Eldridge of the Seldom Scene.



Although initially drawn to electric guitar, Eldridge began developing an acoustic career by his mid-teens, largely due to his father, a founding member of the seminal bluegrass group The Seldom Scene. Eldridge later studied at Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with legendary guitarist Tony Rice. After graduating, he joined the Seldom Scene with whom he received a Grammy nomination in 2007.[ citation needed ] In 2005 he founded a critically acclaimed bluegrass group, The Infamous Stringdusters. At the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association awards Eldridge and his Stringdusters bandmates won Emerging artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year for their debut album, Fork in the Road. Meanwhile, in 2005 he had caught the attention of mandolinist Chris Thile, who enlisted him, along with banjoist Noam Pikelny, violinist Gabe Witcher, and bassist Greg Garrison to start working on an ambitious side project. Soon after they decided to focus all of their collective energies into a band and Punch Brothers was formed.

In 2019, he won the Instrumentalist of the Year award at the Americana Music Honors & Awards.[ citation needed ]


Punch Brothers

2008 Punch Nonesuch
2010 Antifogmatic Nonesuch
2012 Who's Feeling Young Now? Nonesuch
2012Ahoy! (EP) Nonesuch
2015 The Phosphorescent Blues Nonesuch
2015The Wireless (EP) Nonesuch
2018 All Ashore Nonesuch

Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge

2013Close to Picture (EP)Modern Lore
2014 Avalon Modern Lore
2017 Mount Royal Free Dirt Records

The Infamous Stringdusters

2006The Infamous Stringdusters (EP)Sugar Hill
2007Fork In The RoadSugar Hill

Seldom Scene

2007 Scenechronized Sugar Hill
2014 Long Time... Seldom Scene Smithsonian Folkways

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