Monday, January 23, 2023
– Nickel Creek—mandolinist Chris Thile, violinist Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins—will release "Celebrants," their first new album in nine years, on March 24 via Thirty Tigers.
Nickel Creek released a new song, "Strangers," today. Thile said, "This song is an exploration of the ostensibly rewarding, but often awkward, even excruciating act of catching up with an old friend. Can the connection be reforged? Should it be?"
The 18 songs were recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A, the album was produced by longtime collaborator Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Grace Potter, Weezer) and features Mike Elizondo on bass.
The band said in a statement, "This is a record about embracing the friction inherent in real human connection. We begin the record yearning for and pursuing harmonious connection. We end the record having realized that truly harmonious connection can only be achieved through the dissonance that we've spent our entire adult lives trying to avoid."
Nickel Creek will perform three sold-out shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium this spring on April 27-29.
Additional tour dates will be announced soon.
After meeting as young children, the trio signed with Sugar Hill Records in 2000 and broke through with their Grammy-nominated, Alison Krauss-produced self-titled LP. Since that effort, the trio has released three more studio albums to date: 2002's "This Side," which won Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 45th Grammy Awards, 2005's "Why Should the Fire Die?" and 2014's "A Dotted Line."
Each member of Nickel Creek has also taken part in many outside projects over the years. Thile is a 2012 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and served as the host of the American radio variety show Live from Here (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) from 2016 to 2020. He has also released collaborative albums with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Brad Mehldau and Stuart Duncan as well as six studio albums with his Grammy-winning band, Punch Brothers.
Sean Watkins is a co-founder of Watkins Family Hour alongside Sara, who has released three albums and maintains a long-running collaborative show in Los Angeles. Sean has also released a string of solo albums, while Sara's extracurricular projects include Watkins Family Hour, as well as the Grammy-winning roots trio, I'm With Her, which she co-founded alongside Aoife O'Donovan and Sarah Jarosz. Sara has released four studio albums and has contributed fiddle to recordings by artists like Phoebe Bridgers, The Killers and John Mayer.
The track list is:
3. Water Under the Bridge, Part 1
4. The Meadow
5. Thinnest Wall
6. Going Out...
7. Holding Pattern
8. Where the Long Line Leads
9. Goddamned Saint
10. Stone's Throw
11. Goddamned Saint, Reprise
12. From the Beach
13. To The Airport
14. ...Despite the Weather
15. Hollywood Ending
16. New Blood
17. Water Under the Bridge, Part 2
18. Failure Isn't Forever
Tour dates are:
Jan. 27-28—London, U.K.—Union Chapel* (sold out)
January 29—Glasgow, U.K.—City Halls, Celtic Connections* (sold out)
April 27-29—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium (sold out)
June 4—Lexington, KY—Railbird Festival (sold out)
June 15-18—Telluride, CO—Telluride Bluegrass Festival (sold out)
Sept. 1—London, U.K.—Barbican Centre (on-sale Jan. 27)
*with Lau Noah