Nickel Creek is an American progressive acoustic music trio
formed in 1989 in Southern California.
The two families, the Watkinses and the Thiles, met after Sean Watkins and Chris Thile
had mandolin lessons with the same music instructor, John Moore.
Also known as
The Nickel Creek Band
Vista, California, USA
Sugar Hill Records, Nonesuch/Elektra Records
Alison Krauss, Mutual Admiration Society, Dolly Parton, Punch Brothers, Switchfoot, Fiction Family
The band name comes from a song by Byron Berline, who was Sara Watkins' fiddle instructor.
Chris Thile (mandolin)
Sara Watkins (fiddle)
Sean Watkins (guitar)
Mark Schatz (string bass)
Nickel Creek Quotes:
We are tempted to distance ourselves from the things that are truly powerful and beautiful in life. Faith is certainly one of those things. Faith is huge, and so are friendships and our family relationships. ... Anything that is truly worthwhile is both powerful and dangerous at the same time. Anything that is truly beautiful and lovely can also turn twisted and ugly. But we can't hide from all of that. That's what is real." -Chris
And actually, it sounds really almost fake, but we have these blankets on the bus, and we laid out three of them, and we laid on them and had wine and chocolate and bread and brie and berries. And Chris read aloud to us and it was AWESOME! -Sara
You know, I was talking to my friend -- it's a pity that some words, like some ways of describing things have become so common that you don't even think about what they mean. Like the moon hanging from the sky - literally tonight, it looks like this little sliver was hanging from the sky. And I'm thinking that's a stupid thing to say because everyone says it so much...but that's what it looked like. So I said it, dangit! -Sara
CHRIS: When Sean & I spike our hair a lot, we usually try to have our own tricaritop competitions which is...
SARA: Chris's usually looks like a cactus
CHRIS: In honor of Glen Phillips being a rock star and everything, you know everyone knows this...right? Rock on..Okay, it's just too much rock for one hand, try it out.
SARA: Chris is very proud of this discovery.
SARA: And the only reason we shamelessly promote these [the cds] is because Fielding, our road manager -- it breaks his spirits to lug around the merch bag every day.
CHRIS: It positively breaks his spirits
SARA: And he said that it breaks his spirits...
That's what I always say, I wouldn't wear it if it didn't have a kangaroo on it. -Sara
SEAN: The funny thing about album delays is we're like ready to do the next one right now, and this one hasn't even come out. So...but oh well
GLEN PHILLIPS: Most people'll think we're really Olympic with the next one coming out so soon after.
SEAN: You guys do like an album a month.
GLEN: I, myself, will be moving to the Fred Meyer store...they have a fine community there and an excellent soccer team.
SEAN: Can I be on your soccer team?
GLEN: You can be on my soccer team.
SEAN: All right!
Audrey. That's my mandolin's name. A mix of Audrey Hepburn and Audrey Tatu. -Chris
Mandolins are like ships. -Chris
Nickel Creek Awards
Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album
San Diego Music Award for Best Americana Album "This Side"
IBMA Award for Instrumental Group of the Year
San Diego Music Award for Best Country
International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award for Emerging Artist of the Year