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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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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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