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Nickel Creek

Distinguished by their youth and eclectic taste, Nickel Creek became a word-of-mouth sensation on the progressive bluegrass scene and soon found their appeal spreading beyond the genre's core audience. Guitarist Sean Watkins, fiddler Sara Watkins (his younger sister), and mandolin/banjo/bouzouki player Chris Thile first started performing together in 1989, when all three were preteens and taking music lessons in their native San Diego. They met while watching the local band Bluegrass Etc., which put on weekly performances in a pizza parlor. A bluegrass promoter liked the idea of such a young band, and thus Nickel Creek were formed, with Thile's father Scott joining them on bass.

Nickel Creek were regulars on the festival circuit through most of the '90s, and during that time, Thile recorded two solo albums, 1994's Leading Off... and 1997's Stealing Second. In 1998, with help from Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek landed a record deal with the roots music label Sugar Hill. Krauss produced their self-titled debut album, which was released in 2000; with the kids apparently all right, Scott subsequently retired from the band. Though it was decidedly a bluegrass record, Nickel Creek boasted elements of classical, jazz, and rock & roll both classic and alternative; naturally, the influence of progressive bluegrass figures like Krauss, Edgar Meyer, and Béla Fleck was also apparent. Perhaps aided by the success of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which brought traditional roots music to a whole new collegiate audience, Nickel Creek became a slow-building hit; by early 2002, it had gone gold, climbed into the country Top 20, and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Meanwhile, Sean released his solo debut, Let It Fall, in 2001, and Thile followed suit with Not All Who Wander Are Lost.

Nickel Creek released their sophomore set, This Side, in 2002; it debuted in the Top 20 of the pop charts and went all the way to number two on the country listings. Even more eclectic than its predecessor, the Krauss-produced album turned indie rock fans' heads with a cover of Pavement's "Spit on a Stranger." This Side won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album in early 2003, after which Sean issued his second solo album, 26 Miles. In 2005, the group worked with producers Tony Berg and Eric Valentine (the latter had worked with Smash Mouth and Queens of the Stone Age) to produce Why Should the Fire Die?, a dark and introspective collection of new material that found the trio steering even further away from their bluegrass beginnings.

In mid-2006, Nickel Creek announced they would be taking an indefinite hiatus following a scheduled tour the next year so the bandmembers could concentrate on solo work. Thile eventually formed Punch Brothers, releasing a debut album, Punch, on Nonesuch in 2009. Sara Watkins also released an album on Nonesuch in 2009, the self-titled Sara Watkins, which was produced by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame. Sean Watkins, who had formed Fiction Family with Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot), also released an album in 2009, the duo's self-titled Fiction Family from the ATO label. Meanwhile, siblings Sara and Sean continued to host a monthly revue called The Watkins Family Hour at Hollywood's Largo club, playing free-form and impromptu sets with a wide array of musicians who might be in town for the evening, including at different times Gabe Witcher, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Jon Brion, Michael Witcher, Jackson Browne, Glen Phillips, Mark O'Connor, Ethan Johns, Matt Chamberlain, Tim O'Brien, and Tom Brosseau, among others.

Over the next few years, the members of the trio continued to record, with Thile particularly prolific. His work in this period included two further Punch Brothers albums, Antifogmatic and Who's Feeling Young Now?; The Goat Rodeo Sessions, a collaboration with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma; and even a classical album of his own, of Bach Sonatas & Partitas transcribed for mandolin. Sara Watkins released a sophomore effort, Sun Midnight Sun, in 2012, and Sean Watkins released a second album with Fiction Family, Fiction Family Reunion, in 2013.

Early in 2014, Nickel Creek announced they were launching a reunion to celebrate their 25th anniversary. A new album called A Dotted Line appeared on Nonesuch on April 1, 2014, and the group supported the record with an extensive tour. ~ Steve Huey & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Dotted Line

1. Rest Of My Life

2. Destination

3. Elsie

4. Christmas Eve

5. Hayloft

6. 21st Of May

7. Love Of Mine

8. Elephant In The Corn

9. You Don't Know What's Going On

10. Where Is Love Now

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Track List: Why Should The Fire Die?

1. When In Rome

2. Somebody More Like You

3. Jealous Of The Moon

4. Scotch & Chocolate

5. Can't Complain

6. Tomorrow Is A Long Time

7. Eveline

8. Stumptown

9. Anthony

10. Best Of Luck

11. Doubting Thomas

12. First And Last Waltz

13. Helena

14. Why Should The Fire Die?

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Track List: This Side

1. Smoothie Song

2. Spit On A Stranger

3. Speak

4. Hanging By A Thread

5. Should've Known Better

6. This Side

7. Green and Gray

8. Seven Wonders

9. House Carpenter

10. Beauty And The Mess

11. Sabra Girl

12. Young

13. Brand New Sidewalk

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Track List: Nickel Creek

1. Ode To A Butterfly

2. The Lighthouse's Tale

3. Out Of The Woods

4. In The House Of Tom Bombadil

5. Reasons Why

6. When You Come Back Down

7. Sweet Afton

8. Cuckoo's Nest

9. The Hand Song

10. Robin And Marian

11. The Fox

12. Pastures New

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Track List: 21st Of May (Single)

1. 21st Of May

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Track List: Destination (Single)

2. Destination

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Track List: Love Of Mine (Single)

7. Love Of Mine

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Leave a comment... Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started don't stop this is so freaky.But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When your done push the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Oh... but I prefer ice cream on my pie instead of whipped cream. Hope you can handle it!?!?!
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I was finally able to see the forest again! I'm enchanted by Crazy Faith, Sweetie Pie. Oh gee, I just objectified you with a microaggress i o n . It's my desire to gobble you up. Grr!
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Very nice...
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All songs are awesome but some are sad (but still really good)If you like these guys you will like Mark Erelli.
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Wow a beautifully woven tapestry of sound, impressed, different... m e like!
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AWSOME..THE LIGHTHOUSE.. w h a t a bomb song
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"When I come back down," needed this I've been reckless.
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I Iove this, thanks. I expect the worst, they have it to bring. All or nothin, I'm all in. My death may sooner than later, shot gun bang. More of a threat everyday, should of took me in sorrow, but greed got the best of you, sorry no anger. I speak because I'm tired, on the floor lays all I have. Take it, before I take you, on my side. Gods maybe but apart of you walks among us. To take ultimate power, our magic and blood you needed. Our love, our fall, was not deceived. Your intelligence , is no
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Saw the Creek @ The Gray Eagle in Asheville back in 99' and have been hooked since. Keep doing whatcha doing!
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Nickle Creeeeeeek!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! so happy this song popped up in here; I saw them at the Hollywood bowl; I was bowled over, completely astounded, absolutely love this music :D
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I was their make up artist in nashville for this video... they are beautiful people inside and out! God's Blessings to them! love them!!
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They will forever be one of my all time favorite bands. Truly amazing
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So nice...
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yedidaadvanc e d
Talented!
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Beautiful music
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tim2994
All great stuff, but that first one is just the best bluegrass album ever.
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Great music and Chris thille has a great voice and boy can he play mandolin!
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I really did wish to include in my above comment how I became introduced to Bluegrass music. My Uncle Larry Baker, who took over as a parental figure after my Daddy passed away in August of 1994, when I was only 23 years old. Well, Uncle Larry took me to watch the Old-time Fiddlers on the third or fourth Thursday of each month. What delightful performances . I hope he is watching my Guitar playing PROGRESS scales and chords, etc... May he RIP, as he passed away Mar 2, 2015. I love him and miss hi
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You all are just part of the GREATS of Bluegrass and I myself am teaching myself to play Bluegrass Gospel!!! I feel like I'm worshipping my Lord, Jesus, every time I really get warmed up and am finally able to play even a slower Bluegrass Gospel piece, like Amazing Grace! It just soothes the soul. This is the genre of music I want played at my M err memorial and Graveside Service. Great job, guys and gals, keep it coming, I LOVE it all day and all night. I must again say THANK YOU to my Uncle La
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I'll be there to catch you if you fall....I say that to my niece...Love these kids. Pure bluegrass and just lovely
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good voices
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I love nickel creek love song about the lighthouse
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GREAT MUSIC, I Love it, !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Best band ever!
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melonieb
What an awesome song, I love them!
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Saw them Live in a special Radio show in Boston in 2005 'why should the fire die' It was a great time and great music
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Caught them at Wolftrap last summer. So glad they are back!.
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Great sounding like said before sounds a bit like Alison Krauss. I meant that as a compliment too. Reasons why sounds great. I love instrumental s and they are excellent sounding.
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Favorite band ever!!!
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Caught the show last weekend at Majestic Theatre in Dallas. AMAZING as usual! Their true giftedness shone through their unplugged rendition of Where is love now.
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Awesome to see these 3 together again at Moody Theater in Austin this weekend. Absolutely beautiful and confident. They just keep getting better!
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angelatollen
Great concert in Cary NC last night. Weather was beautiful. Love this band. Heard Chris doing a solo a couple of years ago at DPAC. Amazing artist.
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fred78874
Fabulous concert in Cary NC last night! gorgeous night, gorgeous venue and gorgeous music! Who could ask for more?!
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This group makes me feel goose bumps excellent. :o)))
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Gorgeous harmonies... stopped me in my tracks. They do have the feel of Alison Krauss and Union Station, which is a huge compliment.
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Saw them in concert (7-25-2014) at the Shelburne Museum, Vermont. They are awesome in concert you need to see them. Sure hope they contuine to make great music together.
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Howdy!
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Talented instrumentat i o n and arranging.
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hollyjollyma y
This song brings back so many memories. Nickel Creek is as country as I get.
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Does anyone know where the closest concert to south west Kentucky or north west Tennessee is?
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Great concert last night in Oakland!
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awesome that they r back together for a bit! Chris Thile was awesome in inside llewyn davis!
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Yes God Given Talent he is a real artist id that a Dobro he's playing? Great sounds.
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ohbrowneyes5 0
Love Nickel Creek!
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I discovered this when my dad played it! It's pretty awesome!
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This is pure God given raw talent!
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mojo_fitz
LOVE NC musical charm and brings me serenity every time I listen
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NC is touring this spring and summer. Forecastle Festival 2014 in Louisville looks to be one of the city's best festivals ever.
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