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Nonesuch Releases First Nickel Creek Album in Nine Years, "A Dotted Line," April 1

Nickel Creek: "A Dotted Line"

The Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek—Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals), and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals)—officially reunites for the first time since its 2007 self-described “indefinite hiatus” with a new album, A Dotted Line, on April 1, 2014, with vinyl to follow on April 29. The band then tours the US in support of the Eric Valentine–produced album this spring and summer, with shows in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Nashville, and Los Angeles, as well as at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Newport Folk Festival. For all newly added dates, presales begin Wednesday, February 19, at 10 AM local time. A second album track, “Love of Mine,” is streaming below. (“Destination” began streaming here earlier this month.) A Dotted Line is available to pre-order on iTunes and on CD and vinyl in the Nonesuch Store now with an instant download of “Destination” and “Love of Mine.”

As Nickel Creek’s 25th anniversary approached, the band members decided they ought to mark it in some way, so they got together to write music in Chris Thile’s apartment last year. They ended up with six new co-written songs, which they eventually took to a Los Angeles studio, along with one tune by Thile, one by Sean Watkins, and two covers: Sam Phillips’ “Where Is Love Now” and Mother Mother’s “Hayloft.” There they worked with Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Smash Mouth), who had produced Nickel Creek’s previous album, Why Should the Fire Die?.

“We were excited every day to be there,” Sara Watkins says. “Having grown up singing together, there is something natural about our voices and it’s really fun to harmonize. Our voices have come to match each other’s really well. Sean and I are siblings, and Chris is about as close to a sibling as you could get.” Sean Watkins continues: “It feels more natural and easy than it ever did, by far. Getting to spend time alone with our own musical personalities has helped us mature.” “There’s a joyful aspect to Nickel Creek no matter what we’re doing. Things just steer themselves into that sort of place,” concurs Thile. “We will go poke around in the dark corners but always with a heavy dose of optimism.”

Formed in 1989 when Thile and Sara Watkins were eight years old and Sean Watkins (Sara’s older brother) was eleven, Nickel Creek earned a loyal following playing the festival circuit for nearly a decade. The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2000 to commercial and critical acclaim: it sold nearly one million copies, and Time called the trio “music innovators for the new millennium.” Nickel Creek released two more records: 2002’s This Side, which won a Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy, and 2005’s Why Should the Fire Die?. Beginning as bluegrass child prodigies, Nickel Creek grew into an acoustic band known for its breadth of musical influences—from Bach to Radiohead—and its surprisingly large sound on stage. The New York Times described their music as “postmodern” and “polystylistic,” and USA Today said, “This acoustic trio moves farther and farther from anything Bill Monroe would have recognized as bluegrass...” The band members always explored their own solo work as well as collaborations, which they were able to pursue more fully during their hiatus, and will continue to do.


Apr 16 Alabama Theater Birmingham, AL
Apr 17 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, NC
Apr 18&19 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Apr 21 Track 29 Chattanooga, TN
Apr 22 Johnny Mercer Theater Savannah, GA
Apr 24 North Charleston Performing Arts Center North Charleston, SC
Apr 25 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Apr 26 nTelos Wireless Pavilion Charlottesville, VA
Apr 27 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, TN
Apr 29 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
May 1 House of Blues Boston, MA
May 3&4 9:30 Club Washington, DC
May 6 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
May 7 Murat Theatre Indianapolis, IN
May 9 Riviera Theater Chicago, IL
May 10 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
May 11 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
May 14 Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah Salt Lake city, UT
May 16 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
May 17 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
May 19 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
May 20 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
May 21 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
Jun 19–22 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO
Jul 26 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI

All dates except festivals with special guest The Secret Sisters


What, you're not coming to Texas? It would be cool to see you in Houston.


I am seriously about to pass out from excitement and hyperventilation! This is the best news I have gotten in a very long time. Thank you guys, seriously. You have no idea just how much it means to me that you're putting out new music and coming to San Diego!! I will definitely be there and then can die happily after May 20th

I have had the absolute worst week of my entire life, but finding out about this last night made me feel like I was floating! Depending on which week I'm working, I'll either see you in Birmingham or Nashville! Thank you so much for giving me a reason to smile again. :)

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