Saturday, July 26, 2014
Twenty-five years ago, before any of them had even reached the 8th grade, three of acoustic music’s most important young voices would debut their talents at a pizza joint in Carlsbad, California. That evening, in a part of the country known more for surfing and earthquakes than bluegrass, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins and Chris Thile began their journey as Nickel Creek, and acoustic music felt a seismic shift.
Nickel Creek crept into my consciousness with their self titled album in 2000. I was blown away by their breathtaking output and staggering musical chops, taking traditional bluegrass instruments into fresh, nuanced territory. Some years later, after the band began an extended hiatus, I began to cross paths with each of them at various shows in Los Angeles and festivals around the country. As I got to know them, I grew from just a fan of their music to a fan of them as people who possess genuine depth, kindness, wisdom, and soul.
Since the band took a break in 2007, each of their careers has blossomed, and while their individual accomplishments are undeniably amazing, I am just so damn happy these three fantastic people have reunited and that their unique, intangible, exuberant vibe will ring out once again. Welcome back, Nickel Creek!
– Ed Helms
The Lonesome Trio