Nickel Creek, Thompson finally return

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – Nickel Creek leads a busy day of releases with its first - "A Dotted Line" - since 2007. This year, which marks the trio's 25th year together and also will see them back on the road. The disc, which contains 10 songs, is the group's fourth major album release and sixth album overall. Nickel Creek consists of Chris Thile (mandolin), Sara Watkins (fiddle) and Sean Watkins (guitar) and formed in 1989 in southern California.

Josh Thompson, who enjoyed a few hits way back in 2010-11 with "Beer on the Table" and "Way Out Here," returns with "Turn It Up" on a new label for him, Show Dog-Universal Music. The first single on the 10-song disc was " "Cold Beer with Your Name on It."

Dan + Shay, who have enjoyed success with the song "19 You + Me," release their debut disc today of the same name. The duo is Dan Smyers from the Pittsburgh area and Shay Mooney of Arkansas. The two met in Nashville in December 2012 and started writing the next day. They wrote all 12 songs on the disc, many with co-producer Danny Orton.

The Infamous Stringdusters continue going their own way with "Let It Go," the bluegrass band's sixth release. The band includes Andy Hall, Andy Falco, Chris Pandolfi, Jeremy Garrett and Travis Book.

" Working Man's Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard" contains many leading lights of country including Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley (Pancho and Lefty"), Jason Aldean ("Going Where the Lonely Go" and "Are the Good Times really Over") and Joe Nichols ("Footlights" and "My Favorite Memory"). Dustin Lynch, Thompson Square and Randy Houser also contributed to the 20-song project.

Carrie Newcomer, who mines an area including folk and country, returns with "A Permanent Life." The Michigan native released a dozen songs.

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Like those annual warnings predicting it's not a matter of if, but rather when a hurricane will strike some part of the U.S., the possibility of a Nickel Creek reunion was never in doubt. After all, when two of the players (Sara and Sean Watkins) are siblings and the third (the ever nimble Chris Thile) maintains an amiable relationship with the pair, a regrouping would seem somewhat inevitable. Happily though, the prospects are far more pleasant than the dire notice served up by the weather forecasters. »»»