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With mulitple Grammy Awards and multi-platinum record sales, Nickel Creek creates “songs bursting with exuberant instrumental interplay and hair-raising harmonies” (Rolling Stone). The recently reunited Americana trio return with their first new music in nine years and for their third appearance on Austin City Limits.

Mandolinist Chris Thile (who also visited us with Punch Brothers and as part of Dolly Parton’s backup band), guitarist Sean Watkins and violinist Sara Watkins (who recently appeared on the show with the Decemberists) came together as Nickel Creek in the late 80s when they were pre-teens, becoming a bluegrass sensation with a pair of albums released just a few years later. The band truly came into its own with its Alison Krauss-produced third and fourth records, Nickel Creek and This Side, which helped forge its distinctive bluegrass/roots/pop identity.

Following 2005’s Why Should the Fire Die? and 2007’s Farewell (For Now) tour, the trio took a few years off to work on individual solo careers and side projects. 2014 brought the surprise announcement of a reunion and a new album, with A Dotted Line and its subsequent tour coinciding with the band’s 25th anniversary. Paste wrote, “Nickel Creek has grown without losing its palpable joy or wondrous ability to make musicianship as accessible as the engaging way their voices draw listeners to them.” NPR says A Dotted Line “naturally relfects its members’ creatively ambitious recent pursuits…As with everything the band does, it blends playful lightness with remarkable musical chops.”

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