Nickel Creek

1989-2007
Sara WatkinsFiddle, Vocals, Violin
Chris ThileBanjo, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals, Bazouki, Guitar
Sean WatkinsGuitar, Mandolin, Vocals

Nickel Creek Artistfacts

  • Sara and Sean Watkins are brother and sister. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Anders - Skagen, Denmark for band member info
  • In 2003, their album This Side won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album, beating Johnny Cash and Steve Earle for the honor.
  • The trio first began playing together in 1988 at "That Pizza Place" in Carlsbad, CA.
  • Sara Watkins won the National Yodeling Championship in the Junior Female category in 1992.
  • Their first album, Little Cowpoke, is a collection of folk-country trail songs released in 1993.
  • In October 2000, Nickel Creek won the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Emerging Artist of the Year. In October 2001, they won the IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year, and Chris Thile also won the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year.
  • Time magazine named them one of their 5 Innovators of Music in May 2001. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Brett - Somewhere, GA, for above 5

Comments: 3

  • Todd from Westland, MiOne of their latest singles,the instrumental "Smoothie Song" for which they also made a video, features an unusual guest appearance on stand-up bass by Metallica bass player Robert Trujillo.
  • Brett from Somewhere, GaAmazing live performance! They incorporate covers from the likes of The Beatles, Sheryl Crow, Wilco, Coldplay and Pavement just to name a diverse few.
  • Anders from Skagen, DenmarkI was completely amazed when I fist heard "Reasons why" and "the hand song". I have never heard anyone with a voice like Sara?s, it is so beautiful
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