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Virtuosic Folk Trio Nickel Creek Reunites

After a seven-year hiatus, progressive folk trio Nickel Creek is back together. We’ll hear from them and their latest album, “A Dotted Line.”

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Nickel Creek (Photo: Brantley Gutierrez)

The first performance of Nickel Creek was at pizza place in Carlsbad, California.  The two youngest of the trio were eight years old.  They grew up on fiddle and guitar and mandolin.  Into bluegrass and beyond.  Went platinum with a little help from Allison Kraus.  Got a Grammy.  Thrilled crowds all over.  Then went their separate ways.  Now they’re back together, with a great sound.  This hour, On Point:  we’re live with Nickel Creek.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Sara Watkins, singer and fiddler for Nickel Creek and the supergroup Works Progress Administration. She’s also quite a notable solo artist. Aside from singing and fiddling, she also plays the ukulele and the guitar, and also played percussion while touring with The Decemberists. (@SaraWatkins)

Sean Watkins, singer and guitarist for Nickel Creek, as well as the duo Fiction Family and the supergroup Works Progress Administration. While Nickel Creek was on hiatus, he released several albums including the solo album: “Blinders On” (2006) (@seancwatkins)

Chris Thile, mandolinist and a singer for the trio Nickel Creek and the progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers. Three-time Grammy Award-winner and the 2012 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant. He began playing the mandolin at the age of five. (@christhile)

From The Reading List

Paste: Nickel Creek: A Dotted Line Review – “From Sean Watkins’ first commanding acoustic guitar strokes on ‘The Rest of My Life’  it’s obvious Nickel Creek has grown up.”

New York Times: Fed by Three Streams, a Creek Rises – “Over the last seven years, each member of the group has stretched out, found new partners and solidified a rare stature in American roots music.”

NPR: First Listen Nickel Creek, ‘A Dotted Line’ – “Intuitive cooperation is what makes Nickel Creek so special.”

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  • JAH

    is this a repeat? I remember seeing this before and skipping the program.

    • nkandersen

      It is not; the originally scheduled broadcast with Nickel Creek was cancelled at the last minute due to unavoidable technical issues. (If you had listened, you would have known!) They are really a great listen and truly fascinating young musicians — hope you’ll change your mind today!

      Best,

      nick andersen
      web producer | on point radio

      • Floyd Blandston

        Terrible- uggghh- please spare us from the ‘urbanlumberjackhipsterhootennannyaesthetic’ in ANY future programming.

        • nkandersen

          Floyd,

          If you had taken the time to listen to the program, you might think differently…a lot of other listeners were surprised by what they heard!

          Best,

          nick andersen
          web producer | on point radio

          • Floyd Blandston

            Completely familiar, thanks. Playing a mandolin with a cello, ‘new’grass with any other non-traditional instrument or music, doesn’t make it any less lame. Develop the mature aesthetic capacity to call out junk for what it is- please!

          • helterstupid

            Mr. Anderson has made sure that his favorite bluegrass band has more coverage on WBUR’s website than Robin Williams.

          • Floyd Blandston

            uggh.. :P

          • William Boner

            Did you see the cute warnings he left on Facebook too: “WHO ARE YOU” is not a valid response”. Of course, comments calling Robin Williams a dead “zionist pig” are totally appropriate and will not be removed. But don’t you diss Nickel Creek!

          • nkandersen

            William and Floyd,

            We enjoyed the conversation with Nickel Creek, as did many of our listeners, and the ‘Who Are You?’ note is one we’ve been adding to a lot of our music guest Facebook prompts, as that has been a regular and unhelpful response to our invitations to ask music artists questions when they appear on our program.

            As for misplaced the anger over a perceived lack of coverage of Robin Williams, might I direct your attention to our entire hour memorializing him, and our collection of listener memories on our site right here? —> http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014/08/12/listener-memories-robin-williams

            You are more than welcome to diss NIckel Creek. They aren’t for everybody, of course. Just trying to make sure folks have an opportunity to listen to content of any kind and any genre before making a judgement.

            Best,

            nick andersen
            web producer | on point radio

          • William Boner

            Right, yet, the Nickel Creek thing is posted at least 3:1 over a national news story, and furthermore, is the ONLY story, anywhere on the site or facebook, receiving triple postings, bumps, and-personal interaction by YOU. You have a guy trolling the page for weeks calling Williams a dead zionist pig, calling for the death of Jews in Israel, attacking other WNBR readers, spewing profanity and just being disgusting and offensive. Did the web producer do anything? Nope. Any “regular reminders” about profanity and racist attacks? Nope. But…”somebody” posted the Nickel Creek stuff three times, runs around promoting it and defending it and shunning criticism where it arises. It is clearly biased. Hey, if my friends had a band, and I could help them out, I would too. But I wouldn’t give them more postings than a genocide, a suicide, and Melissa Ethridge. Too obvious. The White House would say you have “bad optics” on this one :)

          • nkandersen

            William,

            We’re sorry you feel that way. We have seen the comments you are mentioning, and we’d of course rather that our comment sections were a little more polite. But we’ve also made a show policy to allow for open dialogue on our forums, of all kinds, and set a pretty high bar for comment removal. On that front, we also try to not wade into useless arguments when we can avoid it.

            The original intent of my reply in this comment thread was to point out, early in the morning before the show aired, that this wasn’t a repeated show. It’s true, I like Nickel Creek — a lot of our producers and listeners do, too — but they aren’t ‘friends’ of ours and we don’t have any reason to promote our conversation with them other than the fact that it was a fun and funny hour of radio.

            You are free to assume any optics you want here. It doesn’t seem like we’ll convince you, but we’ll certainly try.

            Best,

            nick andersen
            web producer | on point radio

          • William Boner

            Sure, that’s fine on Creek, just the choice to get involved defending them, while doing nothing to prevent someone calling people “Zionist Fuks” on your Facebook…? I mean I, too, support open speech and debate (obviously), but there’s a point where freedom of speech becomes nothing more than an avenue of abuse. The person posting those things contributes nothing to the conversation or debate, it’s just repeated attacks on jews and minorities. They are only on “On Point” because they’ve been banned from everywhere else.

            It’s hard to support a radio station who defends the right to publicly display “Zionist Fuks” written by a fascist gloating about the suicide of a beloved actor. He certainly could not call in and call Tom that on the air, could he? Not a chance. I’m sure theres a few second delay to prevent listeners from being subjects to sudden bursts of profanity. But on Facebook, the profanity is immortalized. Literally. That post will live as long as your radio show does.

            I guess it comes down to what kind of world you want to live in.

          • William Boner

            Nice headline edit, Nick. You called me “frivolous and unfounded” and when I called you out on it, and proved you wrong, you changed it.

          • helterstupid

            Nick,
            You are using your position as web producer, and your fondness for this band, to way, way, overpromote them. WBUR.org is not your Pintrest. Your bias is making it representative of your own interests and not that of the organization.

  • http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/ Neil Blanchard

    The dynamic rhythms of these musicians is amazing and enthralling and great to listen to. I’ll have to hear this new recording, for sure.

  • phahq

    Do I (correctly) remember seeing Nickel Creek play at L.L. Bean? …at least five girlfriends ago!

  • Mallory Giacopuzzi

    Our family band (Pleasant Valley, the Giacopuzzi Family) competed against Nickel Creek many moons ago at Blythe and other music festivals when we were all little kids. They were great then, and AMAZING now! So happy they’re back together!

  • HonestDebate1

    Fantastic!

    • Floyd Blandston

      That makes sense… :D

  • Michael

    Very good show. I like Nickel Creek. Punch Brothers are better though

  • Chris Tucker

    Fantastic segment abut the best “band” since the Beatles

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