Nickel Creek Debuts New Album; Comes to Mesa Arts Center, 8/28
The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek - Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals) and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals) - officially reunited for the first time since its 2007 "indefinite hiatus" and recorded a new album, A Dotted Line, that was released by Nonesuch on April 1, 2014. The record debuted on the Billboard 200 at #7, Nickel Creek's highest chart position to date, with 27,000 units sold. Nickel Creek began its first US tour in seven years on April 16 in Birmingham, AL and will stop at Mesa Arts Center for one show on Thursday, August 28. A soon to be announced special guest will open the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets go on sale this Monday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at livenation.com, mesaartscenter.com and at the Mesa Arts Center Box Office, at 480-644-6500.
"The most striking feature about 'A Dotted Line' is the sheer strength of the singing, and the frequency with which it takes flight in three-part harmony...The signature Nickel Creek blend...comes across loud and clear. - New York Times
As Nickel Creek's 25th anniversary approached, the band members decided they ought to mark it in some way, so they got together to write music in Chris Thile's apartment last year. They ended up with six new co-written songs, which they eventually took to a Los Angeles studio, along with one tune by Thile, one by Sean Watkins, and two covers: Sam Phillips' "Where Is Love Now" and Mother Mother's "Hayloft." There they worked with Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Smash Mouth), who had also produced Nickel Creek's last album, Why Should the Fire Die? (2007). A Dotted Line has received tremendous critical acclaim; the Los Angeles Times says "...these eight originals and two covers suggest that the unique chemistry between Thile and the Watkinses is still deepening. They've never blended their voices more thrillingly..." and the Boston Globe says, "...like old friends who fall right back into conversation, Nickel Creek picks up the thread in glorious fashion on 'A Dotted Line.' The time away has done the California-spawned group good, as the conversation is familiar-intricate instrumental phrasing, pristine harmonies-but also full of fresh energy."