Listen: Chris Thile and Michael Daves' Hard-Rocking Bluegrass Tune 'Man in the Middle'

Stream a non-album single from Jack White's Third Man Records label

May 16, 2011 4:40 PM ET
Listen: Chris Thile and Michael Daves' Hard-Rocking Bluegrass Tune 'Man in the Middle'

Chris Thile, the mandolin virtuoso best known as a member of Nickel Creek, has teamed up with guitarist Michael Daves for a new album titled Sleep With One Eye Open, which came out on Nonesuch last week. Though that record includes a generous 16 tracks, the duo are also releasing a double A-side single produced by Jack White and released on his Third Man Records label – "Man in the Middle"/"Blue Night" – on May 24th. You can listen to "Man in the Middle," a manic bluegrass number with a heavy rock & roll bottom end, here today.

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