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August 29, 2006 | New Directions for Chris Thile
Chris Thile has been a tremendous influence and inspiration to mandolinists all over the world, and despite his youth, has already left a powerful mark in redefining boundaries of what the instrument can do. His work with Mike Marshall is nothing short of stunning virtuosity. (See JazzMando review: Live Duets)
His solo CD, "Not All Who Wander are Lost" afforded him the opportunity very early in life to connect with some of Nashville's studio greats, and stretch his compositional wings. We are especially fond of his "Pop" incarnation with the highly successful Nickel Creek ensemble of his early boyhood.
Disappointing, but it appears N.C. has lost its steam, as is inevitable for most bands. We've had the privilege of attending two concerts over the years, always impressed with the way technical virtuosity could be masked with a good tune, commanding stage presence, and a primal "hook." His bandmates never failed to put on a fantastic show. According to Billboard magazine, it appears the inevitability of a band breakup is now official, read: Nickel Creek Going On Hiatus.
Interestingly, this was forecasted nearly two weeks earlier by Desert News critic Josh Loftin in a highly insightful read, Nickel Creek Seems Domewhat Disconnected. More than simple gossip, this is a fascinating article, worth a look.
Chris' latest Sugar Hill Records release is out Sept. 12th, Chris Thile CD, How to Grow a Woman From the Ground.
Unfortunately, not our cup of tea, so you won't find a review here. That said, anything Thile touches is done with technical brilliance, deep heartfelt passion, and worth a listen. If you are a little more oriented for an oxymoronical traditional "Newgrass" aura, you might find his new incarnation appealing.
We're really going to miss Nickel Creek, though. (Haven't felt this bad since the Beatles broke up.)
Posted by Ted at August 29, 2006 6:36 AM
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