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Nickel Creek coming to the Blue Note Jun 4th!

by on May.25, 2006, under General

I thought I’d toss this one out there real quick. I’m about to buy tickets, and wanted to see if anyone else wants to go smile Nickel Creek, to quote the blue note page, is

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 was 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 Bela 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.

Click here to visit their home page. I won’t say too much more about this band, other than their really good smile For all you St. Louis readers who want to come visit, you’re welcome to come, crash on my couch if needed! Anyways, if you want to order tickets separately (feel free to IM/email me if you want me to pick ya up tickets), you can visit ticket master to order tickets. I plan on ordering tickets today, so get to me quick!

2 Comments for this entry

  • Stephen

    That should be a great show – they are a pretty cool band. Chris Thile is a great musician (as are the two siblings), and plays some amazing radiohead covers on his banjo on occasion. If I was in town I’d definitely go with you.

  • Jason McIntosh

    I’m definitely looking forward to hearing them live I’ve been listening to them the last few days and only discovered they were playing here a few days ago, when I heard on the local country station that they’d be playing at the Blue Note Shame ya’re not here – would be a good concert to catch!  You’ll have to come in sometime for another one.

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