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About the artists

Members include Chris Thile, mandolin, vocals; Sara Watkins, fiddle, vocals;
Sean Watkins, guitar, vocals.

By the time Nickel Creek released This Side in 2002, the young bluegrass band
had been nominated for two Grammy Awards and developed into a
live-performance powerhouse.

Fiddler Sara Watkins, mandolin player Chris Thile, and guitarist Sean Watkins
combined smooth vocals, instrumental dexterity, and openness to a variety of
genres to create a contemporary style grounded in tradition. "Bluegrass is where
we were born," Thile told Deborah Evans Prices in Billboard, "but we've sort of
grown up in all kinds of musical areas since then."

The release of Nickel Creek in 2000 coincided with the resurgence of acoustic
music in the wake of the Coen brothers' 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
"With bluegrass and old-time music enjoying a wave of popularity...," noted
Michael Miller in State, "Nickel Creek finds itself in the right place at the right