I've watched Chris and Nickel Creek since they were just kids performing the regional bluegrass festival circuit. It has been exciting to watch them grow, evolve and mature artistically. I have their LPs and pictures of them when they weren't even in their teens. They performed all the major festivals around California, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah (the 4 corners regions). It has been extremely rewarding to have witnessed their growth musically and artistically. As they evolved, they started winning grammys and numerous other awards for their albums This Side in 2002 and later, in 2005 for Why Should the Fire Die?.
The band performed bluegrass however, they always stretched the boundaries as they sought out their own unique place in music. Always acoustic in the early years, their music strayed from the hard traditional bluegrass yet, it always maintained a solid footing there.
It has been seven long years since the band was together and a world of changes have occurred during that time. Their first performance as a band will take place at the world famous Ryman Auditorium April 18th with tickets going on sale today, February 4.
An album is in the works and a sneak peak of what you can expect is in this video, "Destination"...
It will be exciting to hear the new sound of Nickel Creek after their hiatus since they have all taken different life paths and experiemented with so many different styles of contemporary music. The group always had a special "magic" to their performances and I expect that there will be even more great energy from this outstanding trio.