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Nickel Creek - Nickel Creek

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    Nickel Creek: Sean Watkins (vocals, guitar); Chris Thile (vocals, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki); Sara Watkins (vocals, violin, strings). NICKEL CREEK was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and "Ode To A Butterfly" was nominated f......more

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Artist: Nickel Creek
Nickel Creek: Sean Watkins (vocals, guitar); Chris Thile (vocals, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki); Sara Watkins (vocals, violin, strings). NICKEL CREEK was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and "Ode To A Butterfly" was nominated for Best Country Instrumental Performance. Personnel: Sean Watkins (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Chris Thile (vocals, banjo, bouzouki, mandolin); Sara Watkins (vocals, violin, fiddle, strings); Scott Thile (acoustic bass, upright bass, electric bass). Recording information: Seventeen Grand; Sixteen Grand; The Brown Cloud. Photographer: Jim McGuire . Arranger: Nickel Creek. NICKEL CREEK is the appealing debut album by this quartet of young bluegrass/folk musicians. Mandolinist Chris Thile kicks things off with a display of virtuosity on "Ode to a Butterfly," negotiating the twists and turns of the melody with seemingly effortless abandon. All four musicians seem incredibly sure-footed and comfortable in each other's company. Bassist Scott Thile shines in an often under-appreciated role--his round sound and perfect intonation provide the harmonic underpinning and subtle rhythmic cushion that lends buoyancy to the ensemble sound. The production values are exceptionally high on this project, reflecting the intense musicality of producer Alison Krauss, an instrumental and singing star in her own right. Violinist Sara Watkins contributes a tender lead vocal on the ethereal "Out of the Woods," and the harmony vocals are nothing short of sublime. "Sweet Afton," a setting of the famous poem by Robert Burns, shows off the group's Celtic leanings. Chris Thile's high tenor vocal is heart stopping.
See Also:
Nickel Creek, Reasons Why: The Very Best
See Influences:
Darol Anger, Scott Nygaard, Hot Rize, Solas, Tim O'Brien, Stuart Duncan, Mark O'Connor (Violin), Tony Rice, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas (Dobro), Bela Fleck, Byron Berline, Alison Krauss, Toad the Wet Sprocket (Modern Rock), Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton
See Contemporaries:
Lonesome Standard Time, Elephant Revival, Ronnie Bowman, Strangefolk, Aubrey Haynie, Kathy Kallick, Gold Heart, Scottie Sparks, Steep Canyon Rangers, Granian, Sara Watkins (Fiddle), Chris Rice (Composer), Rhonda Vincent, Longview (Bluegrass), Fanny Grace, Cary Fridley, Lynn Morris, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Mark Newton, Gillian Welch, Don Rigsby, Pat McGee, Storyhill, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Glen Phillips (Singer/Songwriter/Guitar), Yarn, The Duhks, Matt Nathanson, Dan Tyminski, Michael Cleveland, Jackopierce, The Del McCoury Band
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Ode to a Butterfly
  2. 2 Lighthouse's Tale, The
  3. 3 Out of the Woods
  4. 4 House of Tom Bombadil
  5. 5 Reasons Why
  6. 6 When You Come Back Down
  7. 7 Sweet Afton
  8. 8 Cuckoo's Nest
  9. 9 Hand Song, The
  10. 10 Robin and Marian
  11. 11 Fox, The
  12. 12 Pastures New
Sugar Hill Records
Alison Krauss
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
49 : 30
Editorial Reviews:
CMJ (4/3/00, p.36) - "...Blends sweet vocal harmonies with accessible gospel melodies, fleshed out by fiddles, mandolins and guitars." Down Beat (7/00, p.76) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "The most amazing music in this batch [of reviews] comes from this kiddie bluegrass band. Just a quick listen to their vocals - sweet, tender, innocent - gives them away....this band of prodigies...has a penchant also for pop, classical music and jazz." No Depression (5-6/00, pp.121-2) - "...Exuberance, innovation and sheer musical talent unite in a confident and accomplished debut....Spiking its newgrass/folk core with Celtic accents and a dash of pop....there's much to enjoy."
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    Love it. I would recomment this CD to anyone who loves bluegrass/ new grass with a hint of Celtic undertones.

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