Nickel Creek formed when a music teacher put three exceptionally talented kids together as a band. Both the Watkins siblings and Thile were not even teenagers (the eldest was Sean 12, while the other two were only eight). They played their first show in California, in 1989. Often accompanied by Thile’s father, who also played various instruments, the trio became an instant success with the audiences and thereby started going on tours all across the country. They cemented their place in the bluegrass circuit and with two albums, released in 1993 and 1997.
A decade later; time during which they were working successfully in the underground circles, Nickel Creek found their first big break when Alison Krauss offered to produce their third album. While the first two releases served as a building platform for the band, their third album, Nickel Creek, is considered as their debut into the mainstream music industry. The album launched the band to a wider audience and they broke free of their genre limitations. Over the last twenty five years, Nickel Creek has garnered massive critical acclaim and a huge fan following for their catchy songs and lyrics. Champions of the folk, country and bluegrass genres, they have become one of the most recognized indie artists around. To date they have released five studio albums, one compilation album and seven smash hit singles.
The 2000 release, Nickel Creek, showed that the band has refined their sound. Spawning hit singles like When You Come Back Down, The Lighthouse’s Tale and Reasons Why, this album brought mainstream fame to the band. Certified platinum, the album peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums, Top Heatseekers, Top Country Albums and Top 200 charts. In 2002, the band released their fourth album titled, “This Side”, which was a grand hit. The album added to the hit singles collection of the band, with songs like Smoothie Song, This Side and their cover of the Pavement song, Spit on a Stranger. Peaking at number two on the country charts and number one on the indie and bluegrass charts, this album was a definitive success for the band. Their fifth studio album, “Why Should the Fire Die?”, released in 2005 was yet another hit, as it topped the indie and grass charts again.
Soon after the success of their fifth album, the band announced breakup, saying that they need time to develop individually. A temporary farewell tour that lasted throughout 2006 and 2007 marked the disbanding of the trio. This year, the phenomenal acoustic trio makes a much anticipated comeback with their sixth studio album, scheduled to be released in the summer of 2014. In celebration of their reunion and for the promotion of their latest album, Nickel Creek goes on a tour across the US. For fans long awaiting the opportunity to watch this sensational band, Nickel Creek tickets are now available.